Tag: education

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Billionaire Science Yacht

The Norwegian off-shore drilling billionaire Kjell Inge Røkke (who apparently began his career as a simple fisherman) is single-handedly funding the creation of a huge yacht to be used for marine research. The vessel will have the capacity to collect,…

Pure H2O

Typically, large amounts of energy are used to remove water pollutants from water. Now, Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany have developed an electrochemical process which can remove chemical waste, pharmaceutical…

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Optimal Battery

Biological scientists are developing new materials inspired by leaf veins. These materials are making ‘energy transfer’ extremely efficient. The concept is now being translated to improve rechargeable battery performance allowing them to last much longer and charged more rapidly. (a)…

NO ENERGY REQUIRED

MIT students have created a 2,000-pound sculpture that can be ‘effortlessly’ moved with a single fingertip. The architect Brandon Clifford and architectural historian Mark Jarzombek crafted the McKnelly-Megalith in order to investigate how ancient civilizations – like the Incas in…

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Dublin Black Monolith

A black monolith in Dublin’s docklands reveals Ireland’s current oil consumption and future renewable energy targets. It was designed by De Siún Scullion Architects. It measures 4.2 metres cubed. The size is not arbitrary however, its volume represents precisely 473 barrels of…

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COOL SHADES

This is a great concept! The ‘Solar Shade’ created by the Australian designers Buro North uses the sun to educate young children about renewable energy whilst simultaneously providing shade for them in their playgrounds during break!   The structures are…

CLOTHING IN MOTION

How about this for an energetic spin on clothing design! These clothes generate interference patterns called ‘moiré effects’ to create energetic visual displays for clothing. They are the work of Dutch graduate Anouk van de Sande. This designer has been…

Evaporation Energy

The Earth’s water cycle is based on evaporation. It is arguably the most common form of energy transfer. Evaporation as a power source has yet to be tapped. Now, one Columbia University laboratory is seeking to change this situation. The…

Edible Classrooms

Sounds crazy right? Well Stephen Ritz, a New York, South Bronx teacher is growing vegetables in classrooms. His idea of ‘edible walls’ led to the ‘Green Bronx Machine’ an initiative for US schools to start agricultural programmes of their own…