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All set and ready to glow

All set and ready to glow | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
A new technique that paves the way for manufacturing affordable LED light bulbs is to be exploited in the UK, in a deal that researchers say could have a dramatic impact on carbon emissions.

 

Researchers estimate that a worldwide switch to LEDs, which are far more energy-efficient, would enable the closure of 560 power plants and result in annual CO2 savings equivalent to the output of all the cars on the planet.


LEDs are also being designed to give off a more natural quality of light, which will be better for people’s health.

 

“We’ve got higher efficiency for growing gallium nitride on silicon than anyone else we know,” Humphreys said. “Potentially this is a deal that puts Britain right at the forefront of LED research.”


“LED light bulbs currently cost as much as £40, but we expect to be able to reduce that cost by a factor of five by growing on silicon.

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[Video] A Swarm of Nano Quadrotors

Experiments performed with a team of nano quadrotors at the GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania. Vehicles developed by KMel Robotics. Special thanks to Pro...

 

Neat but they will probably end up in the wrong hands...

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A spider web's strength lies in more than its silk

A spider web's strength lies in more than its silk | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
While researchers have long known of the incredible strength of spider silk, the robust nature of the tiny filaments cannot alone explain how webs survive multiple tears and winds that exceed hurricane strength.

 

The study showed that, as one might expect, when any part of a web is perturbed, the whole web reacts. Such sensitivity is what alerts a spider to the struggling of a trapped insect. However, the radial and spiral filaments each play different roles in attenuating motion, and when stresses are particularly harsh, they are sacrificed so that the entire web may survive.


"The concept of selective, localized failure for spider webs is interesting since it is a distinct departure from the structural principles that seem to be in play for many biological materials and components," adds Dennis Carter, the NSF program director for biomechanics and mechanobiology who helped support the study.

 

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There is much to learn by observing and trying to understand nature ... as Schauberger already used to say.

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Megacity Aviation by Alex Jantschke » Yanko Design

Megacity Aviation by Alex Jantschke » Yanko Design | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

About the same size as a Mini Cooper and twice as fast, the Megacity Aviation concept was designed to transport goods rapidly through cities with major gridlock. The majority of the biofiber reinforced bioplastic frame is hollow like the bones of a bird, making it incredibly lightweight. Powered by two hydraulically operated coaxial rotors, it’s highly maneuverable and can carry up to 200kg.

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thE cOsmIc cOlleCtoR DIY Free Energy Schematic Video

This is a Step by step video to make your own free energy collecting antenna, and how to convert it to your outlet. This technology is using Energy from a higher dimension, and creates a vortex to channel it into our 3D.

 

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Air-powered motorcycle has arrived

Air-powered motorcycle has arrived | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Based on the geometry of a 250cc motocrosser, the O2 Pursuit prototype uses the breakthrough engine technology developed by Angelo Di Pietro of Engineair.

 

Benstead, a recent graduate of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), has harnessed the power that exists in the air tanks to mechanically drive the vehicle.

 

According to Benstead, testing of the motorcycle showed close to a quarter of an hour running time with stops at around 25-45 km/h. During stationary testing, Benstead’s team timed the speed off the back wheel, registering over 100 km/h. Preliminary testing of the prototype was limited to an indoors factory environment on a circular track.


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E-Cat Weekly -- January 12, 2012

E-Cat Weekly -- January 12, 2012 | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
This past week saw at least 65 stories from 15 dedicated sites and 5 mainstream
news sites.

 

Something to ease your way into the reality that there is a new type of heat engine out there that does not depend on fossil fuels. It's real, it's being built and it has been demonstrated to function as promised...

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The StreetScooter: A Crowdsourced EV That Disrupts The Auto Industry's Production Models

The StreetScooter: A Crowdsourced EV That Disrupts The Auto Industry's Production Models | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Designed and manufactured in a collaboration by more than 50 companies, the StreetScooter (which isn't actually a scooter) may show a new way of engineering and producing cutting edge vehicles.

 

A couple of things up front about the StreetScooter. First, it isn’t actually a “scooter” (see picture). It’s a German-made electric car with a range of about 80 miles, a price tag of about $6,000, and a top speed of 74 mph. Second: tThe most important thing about it isn’t its range, speed, or price (though it’s a lot cheaper than comparable models).

 

What’s special is how it was developed. More than 50 companies took part in the StreetScooter’s design and engineering, co-creating, and collaborating from scratch. Not a single large brand was involved, and many were small- and medium-sized firms. The process effectively turns traditional car development on its head. Instead of one manufacturer dictating its designs to suppliers, all the companies had equal status, and could provide input.

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High-tech greenhouse planned for downtown Vancouver parkade rooftop

High-tech greenhouse planned for downtown Vancouver parkade rooftop | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

The roof of a city-owned downtown parkade will be converted to a high-tech vertical growing space capable of producing 95 tonnes of fresh vegetables a year.

Vancouver-based Valcent Products has entered into a memorandum of understanding with EasyPark, the corporate manager of the city’s parkades, to build a 6,000-square-foot greenhouse on underutilized space on the roof of the parkade at 535 Richards Street, in the heart of the downtown core.


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Scientists report first solar cell producing more electrons in photocurrent than solar photons entering cell

Scientists report first solar cell producing more electrons in photocurrent than solar photons entering cell | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have reported the first solar cell that produces a photocurrent that has an external quantum efficiency greater than 100 percent when photoexcited with photons from ...
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Does this picture spell doom for wind power?

Does this picture spell doom for wind power? | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

THE wrong kind of wind? It’s a phrase that haunts those desperately trying to justify wind farms in Britain. However, apologists for the giant turbines now face the unpalatable truth that structures designed to operate in windy conditions literally fell flat on their faces when the wind became a bit too strong.


As storms battered Scotland on Thursday a 300ft turbine exploded like a giant Catherine wheel, showering the countryside with burning debris.
Witnesses said fire erupted in the centre of the £2million turbine in Ardrossan, North Ayrshire, then flames covered the blades.


The day before, a turbine at Coldingham in the Scottish Borders was brought crashing down by the wind. Several homes had to be evacuated and a road closed. On Tuesday a turbine put up earlier this year fell in high winds at Scapegoat Hill near Huddersfield .

 

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Check out D B Parker's SandPiper 3 Spiral Airfoil and the Dynasphere from Earthships (further down). They rotate more slowly. Spiralairfoil also has an interesting graph of power diagrams on their site

 

http://www.spiralairfoil.com/

 

 

showing that the SandPiper produces higher energy per swept area than those airplane propeller types, at lower speeds of rotation  ...

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World's first 128Gb 20nm NAND flash could pack 2TB into a 2.5" SSD

World's first 128Gb 20nm NAND flash could pack 2TB into a 2.5" SSD | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Intel and Micron have announced the creation of a 128 gigabit flash die. An SSD built from such parts could pack 2 TB into a 2.5" drive.

 

Intel and Micron's joint venture IMFT has announced that it has produced a 128Gb die. A package combining eight such dies together would be small enough to fit on a fingertip and boast an unprecedented 128GB capacity. Mass production will start in the first half of next year, and devices using the new dies are likely to start shipping in 2013.

Sounds like a "memory revolution" to me! 

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"Plastic bottle 60-watt light" [Video]

For more eco ideas follow us on: http://www.facebook.com/ecoideasnet Can a plastic bottle full of water become a 60W lightbulb? Check out this simple and rev...

 

Someone has been spreading the word on this in the slums of the Philippines ... and now the UN is catching on...

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-11-philippine-solar-bottles.html 

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US Military: Release the technology of electrogravitics.

US Military: Release the technology of electrogravitics. | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
My early childhood was defined by My father's excitement for His work in electrogravitics, then (1950's) being worked on openly by all major aerospace...

 

Electrogravitics (electrically mediated anti-gravity technology) has been actively developed since the 1950's but is being kept under wraps and used only in classified military and other black projects.

If you believe we should have access to this kind of technology, read Amaterasu Solar's description of his personal experience and his view of how releasing this technology could change the world. Sign the petition, if you think it's worth it... 

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New style turbine to harvest wind energy

New style turbine to harvest wind energy | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Nottingham, UK (SPX) Feb 01, 2012 - A new way of generating wind energy which could see smaller, more efficient turbines on the landscape is being developed by a Derbyshire inventor with support from Nottingham Trent University.

 

Traditional wind turbines typically have three blades which rotate around a horizontal hub at the top of a steel tower. Most generate maximum output at an approximate wind speed of 30mph and shut down to prevent storm damage at 50mph or above, causing reduced efficiency of some turbines.

 

The new Wind Harvester is based on a reciprocating motion that uses horizontal aerofoils similar to those used on aeroplanes. It is virtually noise-free and can generate electricity at a low speed, which may result in less opposition to new installations. It will also be operational at higher wind speeds than current wind turbines.

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Fold-up car of the future unveiled at EU

Fold-up car of the future unveiled at EU | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
A tiny revolutionary fold-up car designed in Spain's Basque country as the answer to urban stress and pollution was unveiled Tuesday before hitting European cities in 2013.

 

Its makers are in talks with a number of European cities to assemble the tiny cars that can run 120 kilometres (75 miles) without a recharge and whose speed is electronically set to respect city limits.


They envisage it as a city-owned vehicle, up for hire like the fleets of bicycles available in many European cities, or put up for sale privately at around 12,500 euros.


Several cities have shows interest, including Berlin, Barcelona, San Francisco and Hong Kong. Talks are underway with Paris, London, Boston, Dubai and Brussels.

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Flying Cars | Future Flying Cars

Flying Cars | Future Flying Cars | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Read about the latest future flying cars including reviews on the the Moller Skycar, the Transition, the Aerospace and more.

 

A flying car is both street legal on the ground and FAA compliant in the air. Sounds simple enough doesn't it? It would be if it weren't for those pesky wings. If you thought it was a pain to open up a Targa top, imagine how awkward it would be to remove a couple of wings. Automated collapsible wings would be the user-friendly solution to the problem, but how to accomplish this without compromising wing stability or driver safety?

 

Ultimately, flying cars are a fantastic idea that no one has quite figured out. And even if someone creates a viable model, who is going to buy one? A pilot's license requires a significant investment of time and money. Planes and helicopters are also expensive to maintain. Yearly inspections and regular overhauls are mandatory because, well, blowing a head gasket at 10,000 feet is a sigificant problem.

 

Despite the obstacles, the flying car is still a popular idea and several companies are pushing ahead with the dream.

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Momentous Breakthroughs Announced During Anniversary E-Cat Interview

Momentous Breakthroughs Announced During Anniversary E-Cat Interview | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
In a landmark interview, Andrea Rossi, the inventor of the E-Cat (cold fusion energy catalyzer), announced many breakthroughs in the development of his technology, answered a wide range of questions, and shared many details regarding the upcoming...

 

...ten kilowatt heat unit for home use.

 

A FIRST: This is the first exotic free energy technology that we know of that has been submitted for UL certification, a major milestone prior to deployment to the market.

 

It seems every aspect of the E-Cat is advancing, and making the most of modern technology. From using robotics to automate the production lines, to using modern material science to eliminate the need of a hydrogen canister, to utilizing the skills of National Instruments to design a state of the art control system, he is taking nickel-hydrogen fusion technology to the next level.

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NASA Admits Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (Cold Fusion) is a Game Changing Technology!

NASA Admits Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (Cold Fusion) is a Game Changing Technology! | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
NASA's Technology Gateway has posted a two-minute video that summarizes
the emerging LENR field and the hope it brings for a world of clean,
affordable energy.

 

Dr. Zawodny: "The easiest implementation of this would be for the home. You would have a unit that would replace your water heater. And you would have some sort of cycle to derive electrical energy from that. And then it would dump its waste heat into the water or air handing system for the building. So it would be a dual use thing. It would be sitting there producing heat; [and] you'd drive electricity from it to run your electronics, power the house, power the building, power the lights. And then the waste heat would be used for environmental control [e.g. heat pump / air conditioning] and warm water."

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Lit Motors' C-1 electric motorcycle will stand up for itself

Lit Motors' C-1 electric motorcycle will stand up for itself | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
The C-1 is a proposed fully-electric and fully-enclosed self-balancing motorcycle.

 

As any avid biker will tell you, motorcycles have a lot of advantages over cars - they use less fuel, accelerate faster, are more maneuverable, can be parked in more places, and don't incorporate the weight of extra seating for passengers who are non-existent on solo commutes. As many other people will tell you, however, motorcycles also leave their occupants open to the rain and cold, and can potentially tip over and scatter those occupants across the road. That's where Lit Motors' C-1 comes into the picture. It's a proposed fully-enclosed two-passenger electric motorbike that uses an electronically-controlled gyroscopic stabilizing system to stay upright when stopped, or even when struck from the side in an accident.

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Twine : Listen to your world, talk to the Internet

Twine : Listen to your world, talk to the Internet | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

A wireless square with sensors and a simple web app to set rules, Twine tells you what your things are doing by email, text or Twitter.

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Medieval Spanish ghost town becomes self-sufficient ecovillage

It's a utopian fantasy - discover a ghost town and rebuild it in line with your ideals-, but in Spain where there are nearly 3000 abandoned villages ...

 

Very low tech, but definitely future... more and more people leave the cities and go out in the countryside to build something.

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[Video] Solar heating - Brilliant Newfoundlander Invents the Solution!

Jim Meaney, owner of Cansolair Inc. displays how he converts pop cans into a powerful solar heating panel.

 

 

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Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

http://www.ted.com At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data -- including a deep look at hi...
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Get Internet Access When Your Government Shuts It Down

Get Internet Access When Your Government Shuts It Down | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Does your government have an Internet kill-switch? Read our guide to Guerrilla Networking and be prepared for when the lines get cut.

 

Given enough time and preparation, your ham radio networks could even be adapted into your own ad-hoc network using Packet Radio, a radio communications protocol that you can use to create simple long-distance wireless networks to transfer text and other messages between computers. Packet Radio is rather slow and not particularly popular (don't try to stream any videos with this, now), but it's exactly the kind of networking device that would fly under the radar.

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