Category: Technology

FLIGHT BIOMIMICRY

Tunisia are introducing a new revolutionary ‘flapping’ wind-turbine! Until now, the understanding of bird mechanics has been limited, as has been their translation into technology. Now, a pioneering scientist Anis Aouini is using 3D Aouinian kinematics to develop a wind-turbine…

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MIT researchers have discovered how to make one of our existing materials stronger than ever before! Recently discovered ‘Graphene’ (isolated from graphite in 2004 by two Manchester University researchers Prof. Andre Geim and Prof. Kostya Novoselov) is a form of…

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A Living Brick

The Living Architecture (LIAR) project is developing a building ‘unit’ blocks that is able to covert sunlight, waste water and air into clean energy. The collaboration between Newcastle University and experts from the universities of the West of England (UWE…

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WIND-HYDRO COMBO

What do wind farms do when there is no wind…? Exactly! Now, in the Swabian-Franconian Forest in Germany, Max Bögl (Wind AG) and GE Renewable energy are pioneering new technology to address that issue. In recent work, they are combining…

Typhoon Turbines

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Solar Wallpaper…Oh Yes!

Now it is possible to have thin, affordable solar cells attached to just about anywhere. Enter Sunflare‘s new solar technology. This Los Angeles-based startup has been developing solar cells which are only micrometers thick and can be simply fastened to…

Dyaqua Invisible Solar Cells

Dyaqua invisible Solar cells are making renewable-energy aesthetically friendly! Their panels have been designed to avoid the ‘visual damage’ that is ordinarily associated with typical solar-panel design. Often times, renovated buildings that adopt a ‘renewable-energy’ stance soon lose their historic…

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GOLD TO BLUE

A new bike path in Lidzbark Warminski, Poland is glowing electric blue at night! The path is illuminated by a synthetic material called phosphor. It is able to light-up after being charged by sunlight. The developers of the project TPA…

First Passenger Drone

The world’s first passenger-carrying drone has been revealed by Chinese manufacturer Ehang. It has been designed to transport individuals through the air without a pilot. Measuring approximately 1.4 metres high, with eight propellers held in position on four arms, the…

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Little Black Rectangle

Image courtesy of www.unicefusa.org. Over 600 million people over the world do not have access to clean drinking water. Disinfecting contaminated water is a time-intensive and costly approach (using UV rays to disinfect water for instance ordinarily takes approximately 48hrs). A researcher…