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Artificial leaf harnesses sunlight for efficient fuel production

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1 mentions3 days ago
Generating and storing renewable energy, such as solar or wind power, is a key barrier to a clean-energy economy. When the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) was established at ...

Algae nutrient recycling is a triple win

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Nitrogen and phosphate nutrients are among the biggest costs in cultivating algae for biofuels. Sandia molecular biologists Todd Lane and Ryan Davis have shown they can recycle about two-thirds of ...

Injectable electronics holds promise for basic neuroscience, treatment of neuro-degenerative diseases

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2 mentions3 months ago
It's a notion that might be pulled from the pages of science-fiction novel - electronic devices that can be injected directly into the brain, or other body parts, and treat ...

The Physics of Champagne

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1 mentions3 months ago
A million mesmerizing bubbles rise from a glass of sparkling wine. Scientists believe they now understand how these tiny bits of fizz are born, take flight and burst in a ...

20 billion nanoparticles talk to the brain using electricity

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1 mentions3 months ago
Electricity is the brain's language, and now we can speak to it without wires or implants. Nanoparticles can be used to stimulate regions of the brain electrically, opening up new ...

Computer independently solves 120-year-old biological mystery (Wired UK)

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2 mentions3 months ago
For the first time ever a computer has managed to develop a new scientific theory using only its artificial intelligence, and with no help from human beings. Computer scientists and ...

Summer Reading List: Big Ideas Explained Simply

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1 mentions3 months ago
Most of the year is pretty hectic.We spend our time huddled inside, running to meetings and putting out fires. Summer, however, offers the opportunity for some relaxation.Even a few hours ...

VIDEO: Miniature Robots Perform Surgery

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Tiny, untethered instruments like these microrobots may one day execute standard medical procedures. At Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, David Gracias and his colleagues have developed these microgrippers—star-shaped devices that can be ...

Forget Google Glass—It’s All About Google Pants

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2 mentions3 months ago
Wearable technology is the future. There’s just one problem. No one wants to wear the stuff. One potential solution? Make it invisible. Weave it into already existing products so seamlessly ...

The Unbundling Of Finance

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1 mentions3 months ago
In a world where everything is being unbundled, allowing consumers to pick and choose from things like television shows and college courses, financial services are becoming à la carte, as well.

Alzheimer’s research takes a leaf from the prion notebook

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1 mentions3 months ago
Study of rare protein-folding diseases offers tools for examining how amyloid plaques form. Techniques borrowed from prion research are improving understanding of how plaques (blue) accumulate in the brain in ...

Google's Ingenious Plan to Make Apps Obsolete

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3 mentions3 months ago
Google showed off any number of potentially revolutionary technologies at its I/O developer conference keynote Thursday. There was Jump, a platform for generating 3D virtual reality content, and Brillo, Google’s ...

The Return of Nature

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2 mentions4 months ago
Despite predictions of runaway ecological destruction, beginning in the 1970s, Americans began to consume less and tread more lightly on the planet. Over the past several decades, through technological innovation,

China’s on track for the biggest reduction in coal use ever recorded

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2 mentions4 months ago
China is cutting down on its coal habit. In the first four months of 2015, the country consumed almost 8% less coal than in the same period a year earlier,

The First Building That Can Heal Its Own Cracks With Biological Cement

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1 mentions4 months ago
Three years ago, we learned that a Dutch team had developed a biological concrete that could repair its own cracks. They said it might be two or three years before ...

What Mathematics Reveals About the Secret of Lasting Relationships and the Myth of Compromise

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3 mentions4 months ago
Why 37% is the magic number, what alien civilizations have to do with your soul mate, and how to master the “negativity threshold” ideal for Happily Ever After. In his ...

Using Smartphone Activity for Authentication

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2 mentions4 months ago
Researchers are investigating whether recalling text messages, calls, and Facebook likes could be a useful log-in strategy. Most people struggle to manage passwords for multiple apps and services. Before you ...

Ex-Nasa man to plant one billion trees a year using drones

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4 mentions4 months ago
Christopher Hooton is a Senior Reporter for Independent.co.uk A drone start-up is going to counter industrial scale deforestation using industrial scale reforestation. BioCarbon Engineering wants to use drones for good,

Citizen Scientists Discover Five New Supernovas

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2 mentions4 months ago
More than 40,000 citizen stargazers have helped to classify over 2 million celestial objects and identify five never-before-seen supernovas, in a massive example of citizen science at work. An amateur ...

The Future of Games Will Focus on Escaping From Reality—and Improving It

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3 mentions4 months ago
Do you want an escape from everyday life, or a way to change your life? In the coming decades, gaming technology will make both choices possible in 3-D virtual reality ...

Why Coding Is Your Child’s Key to Unlocking the Future

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1 mentions4 months ago
Racing across the U.S. in your taco truck, you must fight off animals mutated by fallout from a nuclear war, and you must also turn them into delicious filling for ...

Discover the Chemical Composition of Everyday Stuff…With a Smartphone Camera

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2 mentions5 months ago
Our smartphones can do a lot—compute, pin down our location, sense motion and orientation, send and receive wireless signals, take photographs and video. What if you could also learn exactly ...

How to get the entire immune system to attack cancer

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1 mentions5 months ago
Two T lymphocyte cells (orange) attack a cancer cell (blue), using special receptors to zero in on the cancer (credit: Science Source) The human immune system is poised to spring ...

Fat-Fighting Bacteria Show the Microbiome’s Therapeutic Potential

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3 mentions5 months ago
We're experimenting with new ways for you to comment and discuss stories that you read. You can now read and write comments directly on sentences, paragraphs, images and quotes. Highlight ...

This Violin Looks Like A Sci-Fi Weapon

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1 mentions5 months ago
Monad Studio is radically reinventing instruments for their 3-D printed musical ensemble. Husband and wife design team Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberg, founders of Miami's Monad Studio, have a consistent ...

25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently

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2 mentions5 months ago
Imagine for a moment that all human beings had the same IQ, but that some of us knew how to tap into it better than others. How would we approach ...

Google patents robots with personalities in first step towards the singularity

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1 mentions5 months ago
Christopher Hooton is a Senior Reporter for Independent.co.uk Google has been awarded a patent for the 'methods and systems for robot personality development', a glimpse at a future where robots ...

Here’s How We Can Reinvent the Classroom for the Digital Age

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2 mentions5 months ago
When I was in elementary school, about 50 years ago, teachers used to stand in front of a class of 40 or 50 children and write on a blackboard with ...

Creative Commons Launches Open Business Models Initiative

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In January, we wrote about Team Open, a project documenting some of the many artists, teachers, and scientists using Creative Commons licenses to share their work. Since then, Creative Commons launched ...

Future electronics based on carbon nanotubes now more likely

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2 mentions5 months ago
Thermal gradients associated with mild heating of a metallic carbon nanotube induces thermocapillary flows in a thin organic overcoat. The result is an open trench with the tube at the ...

Light therapy for brain injuries

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1 mentions5 months ago
A staffer in Dr. Margaret Naeser’s lab demonstrates the equipment built especially for the research: an LED helmet (Photomedex), intranasal diodes (Vielight), and LED cluster heads placed on the ears ...

How to dramatically improve public transit without building more of it

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1 mentions5 months ago
Let's say you live north of Oakland and commute every day to a job in Silicon Valley about 45 miles away. It's entirely possible to get there by public transit,

Mexico just shamed the rest of the world with its climate plan

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1 mentions5 months ago
Mexico is the first developing country to formally make its climate action pledge ahead of U.N. negotiations to be held in Paris later this year. And its plan is actually ...

Self-Control: The Secret to Life’s Successes

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2 mentions5 months ago
The ability to regulate our impulses and desires is indispensable to success in living and working with others. People with good control over their thought processes, emotions and behaviors not ...

The Economics of You: A Call to Be Extraordinary

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1 mentions5 months ago
Recently, I met with a guy who is a 40-something programmer. His resume is impressive as a senior-level developer and he’s done stuff at very high levels. We’re roughly the ...

Gold in faeces 'is worth millions and could save the environment'

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Geologist suggests extracting precious metals from human waste would keep harmful substances out of the ground – and recover valuable objectsMonday 23 March 2015 11.24 EDTLast modified on Monday 23 March ...

Technologies Smart Enough to Exploit Human Nature

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4 mentions5 months ago
Persuasive technologies surround us, and they’re growing smarter. How do these technologies work? And why? GSN Games, which designs mobile games like poker and bingo, collects billions of signals every ...

SparkFun Stair Climbing Robot Challenge

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In case you missed it, SparkFun recently held the Actobotics Stair Climber Challenge competition, where you could build a robot capable of ascending stairs and win some sweet SparkFun cash!

Sushi parasite inspires worm test for cancer

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1 mentions5 months ago
Dogs do it. Rats do it. Even some people seem to be able to sniff out cancer and other diseases. Now we can add the humble roundworm to the list ...

Girl Talk: When It Comes to Our Language Women are in Charge

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Sarah Hyland of Modern Family has something to say (Getty Images). Everybody knows that a language never stays the same. Today’s English speakers could no more chat with an Old ...

Can Neuroscience Teach Us About Winemaking?

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Modern winemakers may have erred when they switched to producing high alcohol wines. According to a new paper, from Spanish neuroscientists Ram Frost and colleagues, a low alcohol content wine ...

Photos Snapped by Drones Can Be Made into High-Resolution 3-D Scans of Monuments, Buildings, and More

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The Fuzzy, Insane Math That's Creating So Many Billion-Dollar Tech Companies

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2 mentions5 months ago
Snapchat, the photo-messaging app raising cash at a $15 billion valuation, probably isn't actually worth more than Clorox or Campbell Soup. So where did investors come up with that enormous headline ...

Will the Largest Financial Prize in the World Improve Governance in Africa?

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3 mentions5 months ago
Namibia's outgoing president Hifikepunye Pohamba. Photo released under Creative Commons by Agência Brasil. After 2011, it took almost four years for the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to find a suitable next ...

How Adam Curtis' film "Bitter Lake" will change everything you believe about news

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2 mentions5 months ago
Commissioned for the BBC, and quite radically for a major filmmaker’s work, it premiered on and will only be available through their online iPlayer service. While the Sundance Film Festival ...

Obama Orders US Agencies to Cut Carbon Emissions 40 Percent by 2025

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Toluse Olorunnipa, BloombergMarch 19, 2015  | WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Barack Obama ordered the federal government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 2008 levels over the next 10 ...

What is the future of transportation?

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3 mentions5 months ago
In the decades to come, filling up a car with petrol will sound as backwards as the horse and cart is today. I enjoyed a stimulating debate about the future ...

Electric cars are so cool they may make it colder

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3 mentions5 months ago
There's more than one way to cut emissions. Swapping conventional cars for electric ones might cut emissions from cars, but it may also help cities like Beijing beat the heat,

How design fiction imagines future technology

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Picture yourself in a supermarket aisle in 2050. These new ‘magic meatballs’, brightly coloured for the kids, seem worth a try. Better have some of the meat powder too, one ...

Smart Cities Built on Emerging Tech is India’s Latest Initiative

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2 mentions5 months ago
They’re where the opportunities are. In 2014, the world’s 300 largest cities accounted for 20 percent of the world’s population and nearly half of global output. It is estimated that ...
 

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