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A nanotechnology use for hemp

A nanotechnology use for hemp | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Researchers have come up with various electrode materials to improve the performance of supercapacitors, focussing mostly on porous carbon due to its high surface areas, tunable structures, good conductivities, and low cost.

 

"We were able to achieve this by employing a biomass precursor with a unique structure – hemp bast fiber," Zhi Li, a post doc researcher in David Mitlin's group at the University of Alberta, tells Nanowerk. "The resultant graphene-like nanosheets possess fundamentally different properties (pore size distribution, physical interconnectedness and electrical conductivity) as compared to conventional biomass-derived activated carbons."

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As we learn more, our political aberrations - yes, prohibition is a purely political aberration with a moralistic background - become obvious. In this case, there is yet another industrial use for a valuable crop that has been all but abandoned since it threatened the chemical fibres monopoly of DuPont...

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New Piezo Crystals Harness Sound Waves to Generate Hydrogen Fuel

New Piezo Crystals Harness Sound Waves to Generate Hydrogen Fuel | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

It sounds like a strange combination: zinc oxide crystals, water, and noise pollution. But scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have discovered that the mix can efficiently produce hydrogen without the need for a dirty catalyst like oil. By submerging a new type of zinc oxide crystal in water, the scientists claim to be able to harvest hydrogen using vibrations from passing traffic and crashing waves.

To generate the clean hydrogen, researchers produced zinc oxide crystals that absorb vibrations when placed in water. The vibrations cause the crystals to develop areas with strong positive and negative charges–a reaction that rips the surrounding water molecules and releases hydrogen and oxygen.

The mechanism, dubbed the piezoelectrochemical effect, converts 18% of energy from vibrations into hydrogen gas (compared to 10% from conventional piezoelectric materials). And since any vibration can produce the effect, the system could one day be used to generate power from anything that produces noise — cars whizzing by on the highway, crashing waves in the ocean, or planes landing at an airport.


That sounds like a good deal to us!

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A new way to produce hydrogen without recourse to fossil fuels. Most available hydrogen is made from methane, releasing the carbon part and capturing the hydrogen...

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Shazar Robinson's comment, June 29, 8:47 PM
Install it in your car and you can generate the hyrdogen needed to run the vehicle just by the noise from the tyres on the road?? Many possibles!!
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Scientists have used graphene to produce the world's thinnest light bulb

Scientists have used graphene to produce the world's thinnest light bulb | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

For the first time ever, researchers have managed to produce visible light using graphene as a filament, creating the world's tiniest light bulb. 


Researchers have been struggling for decades to produce a light source small enough to fit on a silicon chip as it will help them to create super-fast computers that process light instead of electricity - and now they've shown that wonder-material graphene, which also happens to be incredibly thin, light and flexible, can do just that.

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A tiny strip of grapheme as a tuneable light source ... very interesting and I think it has great potential, but we still have to learn how to put it to use...

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, June 16, 5:30 PM

A tiny strip of grapheme as a tuneable light source ... very interesting and I think it has great potential, but we still have to learn how to put it to use...

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How To Build A Home Fusion Reactor

How To Build A Home Fusion Reactor | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

The tale of a teen physics prodigy


The Boy Who Played With Fusion had its beginnings in 2010 when, as a contributing editor at PopSci, I discovered a small and unusual community of makers, high-energy hobbyists who were taking on both the formidable theory and the precision engineering of applied nuclear science.


The idea that self-taught amateurs outside the Big Science world of billion-dollar laboratories were tinkering with nukes—fusing atomic nuclei, transmuting elements, constructing atom-smashing machines in DIY laboratories—was both intriguing and unsettling.


In a way, the amateur nuclear fusion movement began at the intersection of science and science fiction. In the mid-1990s, an electrical engineer and aspiring science-fiction writer named Tom Ligon heard that the physicist Robert Bussard was living and working just two miles from his Virginia home. 


“Some people still think Bussard is a fictional character,” Ligon says, “but it turns out that he was quite real.”


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Fascinating how there is a whole network of makers who have self-organised to "peer review" each others' fusion reactors. They have a dedicated site that serves as a communication channel.

There are several of those researchers who have achieved fusion on table-top devices, while our science establishment with billion dollar funding can't make a proper reactor...

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Revealing the ancient Chinese secret of sticky rice mortar

Revealing the ancient Chinese secret of sticky rice mortar | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Scientists have discovered the secret behind an ancient Chinese super-strong mortar made from sticky rice, the delicious 'sweet rice' that is a modern mainstay in Asian dishes. They also concluded that the mortar ― a paste used to bind and fill gaps between bricks, stone blocks and other construction materials ― remains the best available material for restoring ancient buildings.

Bingjian Zhang, Ph.D., and colleagues note that construction workers in ancient China developed sticky rice mortar about 1,500 years ago by mixing sticky rice soup with the standard mortar ingredient. That ingredient is slaked lime, limestone that has been calcined, or heated to a high temperature, and then exposed to water. Sticky rice mortar probably was the world's first composite mortar, made with both organic and inorganic materials.


The mortar was stronger and more resistant to water than pure lime mortar, and what Zhang termed one of the greatest technological innovations of the time. Builders used the material to construct important buildings like tombs, pagodas, and city walls, some of which still exist today. Some of the structures were strong enough to shrug off the effects of modern bulldozers and powerful earthquakes.



Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2010-05-revealing-ancient-chinese-secret-sticky.html#jCp

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Something from the past ... perhaps worth reviving. An exceptionally strong lime-based mortar mixed using rice as a strengthening ingredient. 


"Their research identified amylopectin, a type of polysaccharide, or complex carbohydrate, found in rice and other starchy foods, as the "secret ingredient" that appears to be responsible for the mortar's legendary strength.


Perhaps instead of burning all that corn for fuel, we could make more durable buildings with it...

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Yeast-Engineered Silk Could Result in “Stronger Than Steel” Clothes

Yeast-Engineered Silk Could Result in “Stronger Than Steel” Clothes | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

A Bay Area startup is giving spiders and silkworms a run for their money. Bolt Threads, which announced a new $40 million round funding on Thursday, has developed a synthetic, "programmable" alternative to larval- or arachnid-produced silk. 


Engineered using proteins derived from yeast, the fibers can be manipulated to deliver any combination of softness, strength, and durability. They’re even machine-washable.

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New yeast-source fiber on the horizon ... stronger than steel they say... and they're getting ready for production.

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Portland To Generate Electricity From Turbines Installed In City Water Pipes

Portland To Generate Electricity From Turbines Installed In City Water Pipes | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Water flowing through the city's pipes will generate electricity like a dam with none of the environmental consequences...


Portland has replaced a section of its existing water supply network with Lucid Energy pipes containing four forty-two inch turbines. As water flows through the pipes, the turbines spin and power attached generators, which then feed energy back into the city’s electrical grid. Known as the “Conduit 3 Hydroelectric Project,” Portland’s new clean energy source is scheduled to be up and running at full capacity in March.


...the system does more than simply provide electricity: It can monitor both the overall condition of a city’s water supply network as well as assess the drinking quality of the water flowing through it.

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Seems like a useful improvement. Since the water anyway flows, it can produce electricity while doing so. 

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Plutonium being pumped into Atlantic ocean through miles of underwater pipes — Nuclear waste left lying on beach...

The dumping of nuclear waste in the sea was banned worldwide in 1993, yet the nuclear industry has come up with other ways. They no longer dump the barrels at sea; they build kilometers of underwater pipes through which the radioactive effluent now flows freely into the sea.


One of these pipes is situated in Normandy [near] the French reprocessing plant in La Hague… The advantage for the nuclear industry? No more bad press… disposal via waste pipes remains hidden from the public eye, quite literally.


The 2nd disposal pipe for Europe’s nuclear waste is located in the north of England… Radioactive pollution comes in from the sea. Their houses are full of plutonium dust

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Not only is radioactive water from Fukushima poisoning the Pacific, they are doing it in the Atlantic ocean as well...

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Will LG’s wallpaper-thin OLED TV catch on? | ExtremeTech

Will LG’s wallpaper-thin OLED TV catch on? | ExtremeTech | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

LG recently unveiled a concept television design that, if produced, would be the thinnest ever. The 55-inch OLED display is barely 1mm wide -- about the width of a DVD.


The display weighs just over 4 pounds, and attaches to your wall via a mounted magnetic mat. The entire display can be “peeled” off the magnet.


This opens up the possibility of having multiple magnetic mounts in your home, allowing you to easily move the device from room to room. Getting tired, but still want to see the end of your movie? Just peel off the display from your living room wall, and stick it on the bedroom wall.

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Seems like the future of displays - OLED or Organic Light Emitting Diodes... does not need separate lighting for the display.

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Making Hardware Is a Total Pain. But Not in This Factory | a WIRED article

Making Hardware Is a Total Pain. But Not in This Factory | a WIRED article | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Chris Church wanted a factory where you could simply request the resources you needed through the Web. So he started one.


What Church really wanted was for manufacturing to work more like cloud computing, where you can simply request the resources you need through the web. He wanted to be able to upload his designs to a manufacturer, get a quote automatically, and, when the time comes, order a batch of prototypes with a push of a button, instead of having to spend hours and hours going over spreadsheets with sales reps.


That didn’t exist, so, along with electrical engineer Parker Dillmann, he started a factory called MacroFab that lets hardware designers do just that.


http://www.wired.com/2015/05/making-hardware-total-pain-not-factory/ 


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This factory is collecting together and testing all the technologies needed for future widespread local manufacturing of ... everything.

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, May 21, 8:13 AM

This factory is collecting and testing all those technologies we will need for future distributed manufacturing of ... everything.

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Mexican students invent self sustaining electric motorbike - YouTube (2min)

there are 2 young Mexican inventors, Victor Garcia, age 17 and Raul Grajales, who has built and shown a selfsustaining electric motorbike.

It is started by a conventional 12 Volts Lead Acid battery and if the back wheel goes faster than 2000 RPM the whole bike gets selfsufficient and propels itself via some kind of recharging process.


They also use 2 big 1.5 Farad Supercapacitors for the recharge storage and probably these supercaps also recharge then the battery.

Here is the text Reuters has published about this invention:

Mexican students invent eco-friendly motorbike

What if you could harvest the energy of a moving vehicle to continue to power it ? 

That is the question asked by students of this technical high 
school college in Oaxaca, Mexico, one year ago. 

It resulted in this prototype motorcycle called R-Walker created by 17-year-old Victor Garcia.

VICTOR GARCIA, SAYING:

“The project is a prototype that generates its own energy as it goes along: As it goes faster and covers longer distances, 
it generates more energy. In that way, you don’t have to charge the battery every 6-8 hours.”

Garcia calls the process “auto-sustainability.”

It’s based on the principle of converting energy through speed and distance travelled; the engine becomes self-sustaining, generating more than 2,000 revolutions per minute.

A battery is used to spark ignition, and afterwards without using any combustion the vehicle can carry up to 110 kilograms and travel at more than 60 kilometers per hour.

Co-designer Raul Grajales said R-Walker could bring huge savings for motorcycle users, as well as the environment.

RAUL GRAJALES, SAYING:

“With this, we have reduced the use of 200 batteries a day and seventy percent of pollution, because it does not contaminate and has zero emissions and we use one battery every 5-10 years.”

They built the eco-friendly motorbike from recycled materials, bringing its final price tag to around $200 – a comparatively small sum when considering its potential benefits.

Text from the overunity.com forum

http://overunity.com/15764/r-walker-selfsustaining-free-energy-bike-from-mexico#.VVGjVOvfLdk

The video has been published by Reuters news agency. 

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The Power of the Vortex: An Interview with David Suriol of Vortex Bladeless Piezoelectric Turbines

The Power of the Vortex: An Interview with David Suriol of Vortex Bladeless Piezoelectric Turbines | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Our wind generator does not have any moving parts in contact, which eliminates the need for lubrication and reduces wear and tear.


Thanks to a self-tuning magnetic coupling system, Vortex can operate in a wider range of wind speeds.


Our technology has two main advantages over the traditional wind turbine: we are cheaper, and more environmentally friendly (noise absence and no oil required for maintenance).


To demonstrate the feasibility of the technology, we have tested dozens of prototypes in wind tunnel, and we are currently doing field tests of complete small-scale equipment.


The device consists of a rigid vertical cylinder, anchored to the ground, and including piezoelectric materials. Electric power is generated by the deformation suffered suffered by these materials as a result of oscillations due to resonance with the wind.


(http://www.techamster.com/vortex-generator-bladeless-turbine/)

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This is significant as it's a first step away from the "windmill" type of generators with rotating blades. Vortex-induced oscillation is transformed to electricity by piezoelectric technology. 

Here is a short video about it

http://www.vocativ.com/video/culture/science/could-bladeless-wind-turbines-power-the-grid/ ;

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Permanent magnet motors coming to market - Plans for 2015 production of the Yildiz magnet Motor

Permanent magnet motors coming to market - Plans for 2015 production of the Yildiz magnet Motor | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Over the last few years we have been improving the magnet motor.


We are now in the process of perfecting the prototypes of the motor, to be able to start production of a limited number of motors.


The production of magnetic rotators for the power range of up to 5 kVA will commence on January 1st, 2015.


This first edition of the motor will be sold customers willing to participate in beta testing...

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Yildiz' magnet motor was demonstrated at Delft University in the Netherlands and to the consternation of scientists ... it actually worked. They could not understand how. Our knowledge of magnetism and how it works seems to be either incomplete or worse, faulty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aT18aDRJRM


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Audi Has Made Diesel From Water And Carbon Dioxide

Audi Has Made Diesel From Water And Carbon Dioxide | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

German car manufacturer Audi has declared that they have been able to create an "e-diesel," or diesel containing ethanol, by using renewable energy to produce a liquid fuel from nothing more than water and carbon dioxide.


After a commissioning phase of just four months, the plant in Dresden operated by clean tech company Sunfire has managed to produce its first batch of what they’re calling “blue crude.” 

The liquid produced is composed of long-chain hydrocarbon compounds, similar to fossil fuels, but free from sulfur and aromatics and therefore burns soot-free.


The first step in the process involves harnessing renewable energy through solar, wind or hydropower. This energy is then used to heat water to temperatures in excess of 800oC (1472oF). The steam is then broken down into oxygen and hydrogen through high temperature electrolysis.

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It's been done before, even in a much simpler way. In the 1920's Viktor Schauberger experimented with water vortex flow in closed containers with carbon dioxide added and he obtained a flammable liquid. And no, it doesn't necessarily take a lot of energy to do it. Water vortex and carbon dioxide atmosphere under pressure will do it after several hours of rotation. The vortex folds the carbon from carbon dioxide right into the water, making hydrocarbons which are fuel...

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Simple water splitter produces clean-burning hydrogen fuel 24/7

Simple water splitter produces clean-burning hydrogen fuel 24/7 | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Unlike conventional water splitters, the Stanford device uses a single low-cost catalyst to generate hydrogen on one electrode and oxygen on the other 


The researchers believe that the device, described in an open-access study published in Nature Communications, could provide a renewable source of clean-burning hydrogen fuel for transportation and industry. 


“We have developed a low-voltage, single-catalyst water splitter that continuously generates hydrogen and oxygen for more than 200 hours, an exciting world-record performance,” said study co-author Yi Cui, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford and of photon science at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.


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EM Matthews's curator insight, June 26, 2:37 PM

Okay, this process has a lot of potential. The next phase is to take the separated chemicals and introduce them into a functioning engine, or turbine for creating electricity.

 

I'm not a scientist (per se') but if this process could be connected to a small electric engine that in turn could be connected to a generator that would produce sufficient current to power the electric engine, then the excess power could be stored, or diverted for other uses.

 

The question not revealed in this article is whether or not there was anything special about the water source...or could we use say, sea water? I'd be interested to learn if anyone has looked at the 'other' side of this energy equation, specifically, scaling up to engines capable of transporting people (and stuff) over long distances at speed?

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Low cost and simple technology. Innovation at top level.

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► Flying Cars are coming - AeroMobil - PalOne - Terrafugia - YouTube Video demos

An advanced prototype of the flying roadster AeroMobil 3.0 was unveiled in Vienna during the Pioneers Festival ...


Then there is another video - of the flying car Pal-V One ...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CajAq6ndJYE


And finally we have the Terrafugia TF-X in a third video ...

https://youtu.be/WUgsyYotLkQ

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A Drive In The Controversial e-Carriage That Could Replace Horse Drawn Carriages in Manhattan

A Drive In The Controversial e-Carriage That Could Replace Horse Drawn Carriages in Manhattan | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Jason Wenig is a car nut caught in the middle of a political battle over the potential banning of horse drawn carriages in Manhattan's Central Park. He created a nine-seater e-Carriage at the behest of New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, Safe Streets (NYCLASS) as a potential replacement.


The front-mounted electric motor runs off of lithium iron phosphate batteries and drives the rear wheels. Total output is 84 horsepower and 180 pounds-feet of torque. Top speed is electronically limited to 25 miles per hour.


Total range is about 100 miles—more than enough for a full day of carting sightseers around Central Park’s three-mile loop, Wenig says. The batteries take about six hours to charge from empty using a 220-volt outlet (the kind used to power major appliances).

The chassis and overall design are completely original, but they borrow elements from the classic busses—to include, surprisingly, their electric propulsion. “Not only were electric cars pretty typical, as a matter of fact they were almost dominant [in the early 1900s],” Wenig says.

 

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Whatever happened to all those electric cars they had in the early 1900's.

Yes, we have the Tesla now and a number of others, so are we finally getting to go "back to the future"?

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Satellites To Provide Cheap Uncensored Internet To The World Ready For Launch

Satellites To Provide Cheap Uncensored Internet To The World Ready For Launch | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Musk’s announcement provides a solution that offers both cheap and unregulated internet, something that does not seem possible within the current internet paradigm. SpaceX is just one of many organizations who are developing creative solutions to the problems caused by internet centralization.

Along with mega corporations like SpaceX, Google and Facebook, independent researchers are also working on solutions, such as mesh networks and WI-Fi sharing systems.
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Between the local WiFi networks uniting neighbourhoods and whole cities being developed a bit all over the world, and a satellite based cheap broadband link into the internet, we just might end up with a net that is more resilient in the case of disasters and less open to surveillance, which today is quite ubiquitous...

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, June 8, 12:26 PM

Between the local WiFi networks uniting neighbourhoods and whole cities being developed a bit all over the world, and a satellite based cheap broadband link into the internet, we just might end up with a net that is more resilient in the case of disasters and less open to surveillance, which today is quite ubiquitous...

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Batteriser is a $2.50 gadget that extends disposable battery life by 800 percent

Batteriser is a $2.50 gadget that extends disposable battery life by 800 percent | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Count the number of alkaline batteries in your house. Now consider replacing those batteries eight times less often. If Batteriser delivers, it could be a game changer.


A completely new alkaline battery is rated to generate 1.5 volts, but once its output drops below 1.35 or even 1.4 volts, it effectively becomes useless to many devices. The battery’s chemical cocktail is still loaded with juice, but the circuitry in many gadgets (especially more sophisticated ones, like Bluetooth keyboards and bathroom scales) considers the battery dead. 


This is where Batteriser comes in. It’s essentially a voltage booster that sucks every last drop of useable energy from ostensibly spent batteries. So, instead of using just 20 percent of all the power hidden inside of your Duracells and Energizers, Batteriser makes effective use of the remaining 80 percent.

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A great invention that would eliminate some of the waste and contamination associated with conventional alkaline "throw away" batteries...

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Thierry Pelletier's curator insight, June 5, 7:55 AM

Il faut commencer petit et utiliser ce qui existe jusqu'au bout. Vivement que cela arrive en Europe ! Et si ce montage était intégré à l'alimentation des appareils à pile ?

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New Camera Chip Provides Superfine 3-D Resolution

New Camera Chip Provides Superfine 3-D Resolution | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

New imaging technology fits on a tiny chip and, from a distance, can form a high-resolution three-dimensional image of an object on the scale of micrometers.


In a regular camera, each pixel represents the intensity of the light received from a specific point in the image, which could be near or far from the camera—meaning that the pixels provide no information about the relative distance of the object from the camera.


In contrast, each pixel in an image created by the Caltech team's NCI provides both the distance and intensity information. "Each pixel on the chip is an independent interferometer—an instrument that uses the interference of light waves to make precise measurements—which detects the phase and frequency of the signal in addition to the intensity..." 



- See more at: http://www.caltech.edu/news/new-camera-chip-provides-superfine-3-d-resolution-46425#sthash.ExFzVYv1.dpuf

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This is a revolutionary advance in imaging technology... some work still needed to be sure, but if developed, this could change what we think of "taking a picture" of something.

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Mega hybrid solar projects ready to take on baseload fossil fuels

Mega hybrid solar projects ready to take on baseload fossil fuels | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Sener starts work on thermosolar complex in Morocco; while Abengoa to develop 210MW hybrid solar plant in Chile, as solar prepares to take on baseload fossil fuels.
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Thermal solar with storage capacity combined with solar photovoltaics is set to challenge the fossil fuels base load electricity production...

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Fundamental magnetism discovery: New class of swelling magnets

Fundamental magnetism discovery: New class of swelling magnets | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

A new class of magnets that expand their volume when placed in a magnetic field and generate negligible amounts of wasteful heat during energy harvesting, has been discovered.


This transformative breakthrough has the potential to not only displace existing technologies but create altogether new applications due to the unusual combination of magnetic properties. 


"Our findings fundamentally change the way we think about a certain type of magnetism that has been in place since 1841," said Chopra, who also runs the Materials Genomics and Quantum Devices Laboratories at Temple's College of Engineering.

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Tesla’s Ultra-Speed Hyperloop Transportation System Will Change Transportation As We Know It

Tesla’s Ultra-Speed Hyperloop Transportation System Will Change Transportation As We Know It | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Elon Musk is at it again. Next year the construction of an innovative, ultra-speed transportation system called Hyperloop will commence in central California. It is the world’s first supersonic overland transport system, with the ability to reach speeds up to 800 mph.


Like most other Musk-inspired creations, the Hyperloop concept seems like something straight out of the future.


We feel now that we’re at a stage where questions are answered on a theoretical level so now we’re moving on to prototyping,” Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT).

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This would be the first real improvement of transportation technology in a long time.

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Adriene Mannas's curator insight, May 26, 9:25 PM

This article is about the future construction of Tesla's Ultra- Speed Hyperloop in California. It is a train that will reach up to 800 miles an hour and will start being built in 2016. At these speeds someone would be able to get from New York to Miami in under two hours or to Las Angeles in just over three. This will be much more affordable than flying and will revolutionize transportation.

 

This relates to unit seven in urbanization because it is talking about the transportation in and between cities. This will lead to it being a large part of their economy and will have to plan their city around it. 

Megan Becker's curator insight, May 27, 12:26 AM

Summary: This article gives readers insight into the new and upcoming mode of transportation, the ultra-speed hyperloop. This is just now going in to prototype stages, but once it is actually completed, it could change the world drastically.

 

Insight: This relates to unit 7 in that this new mode of transportation could drastically affect global communications, lead to the irrelevance of other transportation options, and create an international link to separate continents. This Hyperloop could change transportation, and the world, forever. 

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Field Testing Steorn’s ‘Never Die’ Orbo Power Cube Battery in Dublin Pub Starting Friday [New Pictures and video]

Field Testing Steorn’s ‘Never Die’ Orbo Power Cube Battery in Dublin Pub Starting Friday [New Pictures and video] | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

We don’t know much about the Orbo power cube, but Shaun McCarthy has mentioned that Steorn is developing a ‘never-die’ battery using its Orbo technology. In an interview with the Sunday Business Post earlier this year, McCarthy said they were developing am Orbo battery to be used in mobile phones:


“The battery is very unique — You don’t put any energy in, it’s what they call a closed loop. Literally the battery is self-powered. It’s a ‘never die’ battery. It’ll drain itself, but it will recharge itself in two seconds.”


To many, Steorn has become an object of ridicule over the years, and so to display a potentially revolutionary technology for the first time in a pub doesn’t sound like the best way to try and salvage your reputation — but in many ways this is the Steorn way, tongue-in-cheek and irreverent.


If they do have what they claim, it would be very interesting.

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A free energy maverick, Shaun McCarthy, says he has a 'never die' battery and he's presenting it in his favorite pub...

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University of Houston: Researchers Create Lens to Turn Smartphone into Microscope

University of Houston: Researchers Create Lens to Turn Smartphone into Microscope | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Lens Could Give Schools, Clinics Low-Cost Alternative to Conventional Equipment


Researchers at the University of Houston have created an optical lens that can be placed on an inexpensive smartphone to amplify images by a magnitude of 120, all for just 3 cents a lens.


Wei-Chuan Shih, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at UH, said the lens can work as a microscope, and the cost and ease of using it – it attaches directly to a smartphone camera lens, without the use of any additional device – make it ideal for use with younger students in the classroom.


It also could have clinical applications, allowing small or isolated clinics to share images with specialists located elsewhere, he said.


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Print Your Own Disease-Detecting Microscope for 50 Cents

Print Your Own Disease-Detecting Microscope for 50 Cents | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

A bioengineering assistant professor at Stanford University has created a functional paper microscope for only $0.50.


Foldscope is a completely functional Origami-like microscope that costs less than $0.50 to produce. No bigger than a bookmark but with the ability to magnify samples up to 2,000 times their original size, the device holds within its cardstock frame the same advanced microscopic technology of most research microscopes without the high costs and complex assembly.


“I wanted to make the best possible disease-detection instrument that we could almost distribute for free,” Prakash told Scope. “What came out of this project is what we call use-and-throw microscopy.” 


The Foldscope weighs less than two nickels, can be built in minutes, and forgoes written instructions for simple, color-coded perforations. It requires no external power, is durable enough to be submerged in water or dropped from a three-story building without damage, and can be incinerated after use for safe disposal of infected slides.


Prakash and his team are currently offering 10,000 Foldscopes to citizen scientists who apply with the most inspiring and creative potential applications of the paper telescope. The idea is to create a crowd-sourced microscopy manual with data and ideas collected from the participants in the study.

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