Introducing the Self-Healing Battery

Self-healing battery electrodes are an exciting development for lithium ion based products. Scientists at Stanford University’s SLAC laboratory have developed electrodes that are able to heal the small cracks in silicon that come from repetitive battery operation, as reported in the Nov. 19th issue of Nature Chemistry. Silicon electrodes are a prized commodity for charging and…

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The Rise of Soft Robotics

One of the more difficult challenges soft robotics aim to fix is the inflexibility of robot technology. Jointed robots are interrupted if conditions impede their performance. For better versatility, researchers are creating robots inspired by invertebrates such as octopuses and earthworms. While they would be slower and weaker than their counterparts, pliable automatons are adaptable,…

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Subway-Generated Heat Could Power Your Home

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1568983557″ locale=”us” height=”75″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61zkmYzNAWL._SL75_.jpg” width=”74″]Subway-generated heat sets a great precedence for future public transit developments and energy efficiency at home. The sweltering heat that accompanies the comings and goings of London’s Northern Line will be put to use by powering up to 500 homes in the Islington borough. The power plant, Bunhill Heat…

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Infrared Vision May Pave the Way for X-Ray

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B003AUF1XI” locale=”us” height=”75″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41J1H28SZcL._SL75_.jpg” width=”75″]New research on infrared vision could pave the way to ultimately realizing science fiction’s fabled X-ray vision as a viable technology. A research team from the University of Buffalo has found a way to see through multiple layers of graphene sheets in order to identify the electronic properties of…

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2D Tin Tapped as the Next Supermaterial

2D Tin has been discovered as having potential for besting Silicon in microprocessing capabilities and conducting electricity at maximum efficiency. According to researchers at the U. S. Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University, a single layer of tin atoms could be the world’s first material to conduct electricity with 100% efficiency…

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Grand Cancun Eco Island to Open in 2020 for City’s 50th Anniversary

The eco island is the next step in noninvasive architecture that actively improves the environment. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Cancun’s development into a worldwide tourist destination, designer Richard Moreta Castillo has envisioned the Grand Cancun eco-complex, expected to be completed in 2020.   The island’s concept was inspired by Cancun’s Mayan translation, ‘nest…

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Bloom is the Oceanic Farm of the Future

Oceanic farms are the way we will address global warming, solve our upcoming water shortage, and protect our interests in the future. Designed by the Paris-based company Sitbon Architectes, Bloom is a futuristic submersible farm that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by cultivating phytoplankton. Bloom will also be able to convert salt water into…

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BD Bacata to be the World’s Largest Crowdfunded Skyscraper

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1741797985″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51xI4vJ2QhL._SL110_.jpg” width=”71″]The crowdfunded skyscraper is a revolutionary model that promises to boost efficiency standards, reduce waste, and support local economies. Colombia’s BD Bacata is the region’s first skyscraper to be built in over 40 years, and is entirely funded by over 3,800 Colombians contributing a total of $200 million dollars…

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Symbiosis Suit Feeds You Through a Helmet

Symbiosis is visible throughout biology. Red-billed Oxpeckers pluck ticks from hooved-mammals and hitch a free ride in exchange for a good cleaning. Clownfish, immune to an anemone’s sting, are protected from predators as they defend the anemone from hungry butterflyfish. We even depend on trillions of microorganisms living in our digestive system. There are abundant…

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3D-Printer is Now Able to Manipulate Metal

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00BFZOVGI” locale=”us” height=”62″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41PJIhHwW0L._SL110_.jpg” width=”110″]3D-Printers are something of a zeitgeist these days among the futurism community. Companies like MakerBot Industries are producing consumer versions of formerly prototype or high-end 3D-printers. And science fiction writers and tech journalists are all caught up in what potential 3D-printing has to usher-in a revolution that allows consumers…

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40% of Babies Learn Touch Technology Before Speaking

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00E435N1A” locale=”us” height=”75″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Eo4EoCByL._SL75_.jpg” width=”75″]Touch technology has altered over a third of infants’ development milestones, and we are seeing the creation of a true technophile generation happening right now. A surprising new study from Common Sense Media finds that 38% of babies under two use tablets and smartphones before learning how to speak.…

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Self-Destructing Technology Expands With SecretInk

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B008R5RGAC” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Whheo8wIL._SL160_.png” width=”160″]Self-destructing technology is a sign that online and digital security is a more important concern than ever before. A new website called SecretInk lets you send emails, links, or SMS text messages that completely vanish upon reading. It’s a free-to-use service created by the interactive email company, PowerInbox and…

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