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Fire & Termite-Resistant Pallets From Coconut Husk That Stopped Felling Of 200 Million Trees A Year

Fire & Termite-Resistant Pallets From Coconut Husk That Stopped Felling Of 200 Million Trees A Year | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Dutch start-up CocoPallet produces biologically processed transportation pallets from coconut husk. Not only are these 100% organic, greener, cheaper and more compact than wood or plastic pallets, but they are also indirectly preventing the felling of around 200 million trees per year ...

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If you know how many pallets are used to transport things around the globe, you will appreciate how much of a difference this technological solution can make. Huge numbers of trees spared and an otherwise unused resource put to good use...

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Energy generated by wind farms in the North Sea could be stored in ROCKS  | Daily

Energy generated by wind farms in the North Sea could be stored in ROCKS  | Daily | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Seabeds around the UK - especially in the North Sea - could be used to store energy as compressed air in sandstone pores. It would be released to turn a turbine during times of need.
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Storing energy as compressed air sounds good in principle, although it's only in the idea stage for now. If they could also change those windmills to directly compress air instead of generating electricity and then running a compressor, one energy conversion step and the losses inherent in it could be eliminated, making the whole process more efficient.

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7 Suppressed Technologies That Could Have Changed the World

7 Suppressed Technologies That Could Have Changed the World | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Former NASA employee Stanley Meyer invented a car that ran on water instead of the conventional fossil fuel gasoline. The car was able to travel from New York to Los Angeles on 22 gallons of water! 

 

The engine system was fitted with a fuel cell that was able to split water into its components hydrogen and oxygen. The burnt hydrogen was the fuel source used to generate the necessary energy to power the car…

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Technologies that would threaten the status quo and current investments have been unceremoniously kept from public use by strong commercial interests...

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In desert trials, next-generation water harvester delivers fresh water from air: Kilogram of MOF produces 200 ml of water per day/night cycle from dry air, using only solar energy

In desert trials, next-generation water harvester delivers fresh water from air: Kilogram of MOF produces 200 ml of water per day/night cycle from dry air, using only solar energy | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Scientists who last year built a prototype harvester to extract water from the air using only the power of the sun have scaled up the device to see how much water they can capture in arid conditions in Arizona. Using a kilogram of MOF, they were able to capture about 7 ounces of water from low-humidity air each 24-hour day/night cycle. A new and cheaper MOF could double that. 

 

The successful field test of their larger, next-generation harvester proved what the team had predicted earlier in 2017: that the water harvester can extract drinkable water every day/night cycle at very low humidity and at low cost, making it ideal for people living in arid, water-starved areas of the world. 

 

"There is nothing like this," said Omar Yaghi, who invented the technology underlying the harvester. "It operates at ambient temperature with ambient sunlight, and with no additional energy input you can collect water in the desert. This laboratory-to-desert journey allowed us to really turn water harvesting from an interesting phenomenon into a science."

 

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Harvesting water from relatively dry desert air is becoming a definite technological possibility...

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Scientists made food from electricity, hydrogen, CO2 with help of bacteria

Scientists made food from electricity, hydrogen, CO2 with help of bacteria | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Finnish researchers have created a batch of single-cell protein that is nutritious enough to serve for dinner using a system powered by renewable energy . The entire process requires only electricity, water, carbon dioxide, and microbes. The synthetic food was created as part of the Food From Electricity project, which is a collaboration between Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

 

After exposing the raw materials to electrolysis in a bioreactor, the process forms a powder that consists of more than 50 percent protein and 25 percent carbohydrates - the texture can also be changed by altering the microbes used in the production.

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This opens some interesting possibilities ... perhaps we won't have to mistreat and kill millions of animals for food in the future.

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Turbulent Is Ready to Change the World!

After 2 years of engineering and build iterations the team of Turbulent has finished its first 15kW low-head hydropower turbine.

 

This is a scalable technology that can be installed at any kind of water fall, rapid, or water control structure in rivers and canals. By basing this turbine on the principle of a whirlpool, it is both fish friendly and can let debris pass through. 

 

My comment: This is a further development on something I reported some years ago on my blog. A simple whirlpool hydroelectric system that can be installed almost anywhere with minimal altitude differential. Conceivably, such power plants could be located in series along any course of water. 

The earlier report on this is here: 

 

http://blog.hasslberger.com/2007/06/water_vortex_drives_power_plan.html 

 

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Whirlpool hydroelectric with minimal altitude differential. Decentralized hydroelectric power without the need for a dam...

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We could enter 'Diamond-age' of power generation as nuclear batteries are being developed (w/video 4 min)

We could enter 'Diamond-age' of power generation as nuclear batteries are being developed (w/video 4 min) | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

New technology has been developed that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery. A team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol have grown a man-made diamond that, when placed in a radioactive field, is able to generate a small electrical current. The development could solve some of the problems of nuclear waste, clean electricity generation and battery life. 

 

Tom Scott, Professor in Materials in the University's Interface Analysis Centre and a member of the Cabot Institute, said: "There are no moving parts involved, no emissions generated and no maintenance required, just direct electricity generation. By encapsulating radioactive material inside diamonds, we turn a long-term problem of nuclear waste into a nuclear-powered battery and a long-term supply of clean energy."

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This technology, if developed further and put in production, could make a dent in the huge amount of nuclear waste no one knows what to do with, and it could give us 'eternal' batteries...

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Return of incandescent light bulbs as MIT makes them more efficient than LEDs

Return of incandescent light bulbs as MIT makes them more efficient than LEDs | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Researchers at MIT have shown that by surrounding the filament with a special crystal structure in the glass they can bounce back the energy which is usually lost in heat, while still allowing the light through. 

 

They refer to the technique as ‘recycling light’ because the energy which would usually escape into the air is redirected back to the filament where it can create new light.

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This looks very promising. Full spectrum light at a cost potentially lower than LEDs...

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Scientists Have Developed a Material That Generates Electricity Simply by Touching It

Scientists Have Developed a Material That Generates Electricity Simply by Touching It | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Scientists have developed a flexible, film-like material that generates electrical energy when touched, meaning devices like smartphones and tablets could one day be powered simply by people using them. 

 

And beyond just touchscreen gadgets, the researchers say the thin, flexible device could also be used in our clothing or shoes, helping us harvest energy from our body movements potentially all day long.

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This would be much better than an electro chemical battery ... as long as the phones we power with it don't microwave us to death...

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Open Source Alcaline Battery Regenerator

Open Source Alcaline Battery Regenerator | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Regen Box is a battery regenerator that will, in its final version, be an open-source project. It is able to regenerate all kinds of batteries, including both rechargeable Ni-Mh batteries and supposedly “non rechargeable” alkaline batteries.

Initiated by the paleo-energetic collaborative research program, Regenbox is the first project of this kind. 

 

It was brought to us by a fellow paleo-searcher of this program who first prototyped the box using an old patent from the 1980s that is now in the public domain. 

 

Regen Box is ecological and goes against planned obsolescence. 

 

There is a crowdfunding campaign and we aim at creating a community of beta testers in order to clearly understand which alkaline batteries available on the battery-market  can really be regenrerated.

 

This will eventually lead to the identification of the most rechargeable batteries in order to share this knowledge with everyone.

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About all those batteries our devices use and then we throw them away ... some brave open hardware geeks are putting together a re-charger that can regenerate both rechargeables as well as the normal alcaline batteries...

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How LED Lighting May Compromise Your Health

How LED Lighting May Compromise Your Health | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

In this interview, Dr. Wunsch, a world class expert on photobiology, shares the hidden dangers of LED lighting that most people are completely unaware of. 

 

  • Near-infrared is important as it primes the cells in your retina for repair and regeneration, which explains why LEDs — which is devoid of infrared — are so harmful for your eyes and health 

  • One-third of the energy your body consumes comes from the food you eat. The vast majority of the energy your body needs to maintain the systemic equilibrium comes from environmental infrared light exposure

  • LEDs sabotage health and promote blindness. Limit your exposure to blue light during the daytime and at night. Swap out LEDs for incandescents or low-voltage incandescent halogen lights
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LED lights are the future ... or so it might seem. But it turns out that they leave out an important part of the spectrum that we need for good health. Mercola has an excellent artile, with video interview, on the lighting issue. 

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, October 27, 2016 1:21 PM

A very interesting article by Dr Mercola on lighting. It explains the differences between incandescent lights, including halogen and LED lights. Apparently LEDs leave out an important part of the spectrum that is healing for the human organism...

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Mexican engineer extracts gas from urine to heat shower

Mexican engineer extracts gas from urine to heat shower | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Mexican engineer Gabriel Luna-Sandoval, a researcher at Sonora State University, invented a machine that he said can transform urine into a biogas to serve as a household heater to take hot showers or cook. 

 

But the 41-year-old researcher from the University of Sonora State, in northern Mexico, is also shooting for the stars with his invention. 

 

Luna-Sandoval has extracted oxygen (hydroxy gas) from urine, and he said that astronauts could take a small device in space to create O2 with their own bodily fluid in case of emergencies.

 

The idea has been taken seriously by the Mexican Space Agency, which told AFP in a statement that it is a "great innovation" with "high viability to be considered in space technology and for space walks." 

Here's a video...

https://www.facebook.com/ajplusenglish/videos/813905348750974/

 

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Urine seems to be better suited for electrolysis and production of hydroxy gas than water. There have been several efforts to develop this, and the technology is not anything we can't handle.

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Li-Fi, 100X Faster Than Wi-Fi! | Video (7min)

Li-Fi looks to be yet another disruptive technology, this time in communication, which has remained with the same wireless technology since the year 2000. 

 

Li-Fi uses visible light from LEDs, to transmit data faster than Wi-Fi and without the latter's negative health effects which are becoming more and more visible as our use of Wi-Fi and other mobile communication technologies increases.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Li-Fi - using visible light to transmit data ... meanwhile the telecoms are pushing to roll out 5G phone technology, which is using microwaves in the millimeter band (5 to 100 GHz) and which has not been tested for safety in any meaningful way...

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2016/09/12/5g-telecomm-radiation-perfect-tool-mass-modify-human-brain-waves/

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Amazing- here is the future we didn't even know we didn't even know was possible!
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Cavitation Energy System - Technical Overview

This video introduces the technology of Cavitation Energy Systems, a method of steam production much more efficient than the currently used coal, oil and atomic fission based water heating methods used in our power plants. 

This has the potential to replace much of our reliance on fossil fuels and atomic fission with a substantially cleaner method.

CES works by impacting water at super high speeds on a hard surface, where it releases heat through cavitation (sonoluminescence) and through oxygen/hydrogen explosion. 

 

The technology uses currently available parts and machinery and is basically ready to go into application. 

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Cavitation Energy is a method of steam production much more efficient than the currently used coal, oil and atomic fission based water heating used in our power plants. 

CES works by impacting water at super high speeds on a hard surface, where it releases heat through cavitation (sonoluminescence) and through oxygen/hydrogen explosion. 

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Electricity-free air con: Thermoacoustic device turns waste heat into cold using no additional power

Electricity-free air con: Thermoacoustic device turns waste heat into cold using no additional power | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Beginning with the principles of the Stirling engine, SoundEnergy's THEAC thermal acoustic engine takes heat - either industrial waste heat or solar heat - and turns it into powerful cooling without requiring any other power source. This completely renewable technology could prove highly disruptive.

 

The THEAC system uses no mechanical moving parts, no refrigerants, no CO2, no precious metals or materials. Instead it uses Argon gas, which is plentiful and has zero global warming potential, and is totally sustainable, relying solely on the energy of incoming heat to produce cold. The technology is also claimed to make about as much noise as a running shower, and is scalable, way up from the company's 25-kW demo unit, which can produce cooling temperatures as low as -25° C (-13° F).

 

How on Earth does it work, then?

 

Through the principles of thermoacoustics, it turns out, which we can only explain up to a certain point. Thermoacoustic effects have been observed for centuries, particularly by glass-blowers, who noticed that occasionally when they were blowing a hot bulb at the end of a cold, narrow tube, a loud, monotone sound would be produced. Experiments in the 1850s figured out that the temperature differential was key, and that the volume and intensity of the sound would vary with the length of the tube and the size of the bulb...

 

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Conversion of heat into cold using the principle of thermoacoustics... hard to explain but apparently it works like a charm.

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Free Energy Light Bulbs 230V Using Magnets

There are various systems on YouTube. Here is another one

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sTsL3Rm3m8 

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Magnets can light a light bulb without external electricity input...

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Wireless pollution 'out of control' as corporate race for 5G gears up

Wireless pollution 'out of control' as corporate race for 5G gears up | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

With the UK's Digital Economy Bill set to be finalised today, new 5G microwave spectra are about to be released across the planet without adequate safety testing, writes Lynne Wycherley. Global neglect of the Precautionary Principle is opening the way to corporate profit but placing humans and ecosystems at risk, and delaying a paradigm shift towards safer connectivity. 

 

In Drowning in a Sea of Microwaves, the late geneticist Dr Mae-Wan Ho - a visionary voice who opposed GMOs - identified pollution from wireless technologies as a pressing issue of our times. 

 

Noting evidence for "DNA damage ... cancers, microwave sickness, [and], impairment of fertility", she concluded: "Evidence is emerging that the health hazards associated with wireless microwaves are at least comparable to, if not worse than, those associated with cigarette smoking." 

 

Since the advent of radar, followed by mobile phones and dense WiFi networks, such anthropogenic radiation has sky-rocketed. Although it is non-ionising, and does not destabilise molecules directly, evidence of other harm has been growing since 1950s studies on radar workers. 

 

According to the updated Bio-initiative Report (2012+) by 29 precautionary scientists, effects on biology feature in several thousand, peer-reviewed papers. Yet troubling new findings rarely filter into the media. Or global Green discourse.

Though many studies have reported 'no significant effect', research by University of Washington biology professor Henry Lai, and others, reveals that wireless-industry funding is far more likely to yield such findings. 

 

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Here is an example of a not-so-cool future technology being rolled out ... time to put our foot down?

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Five thousand inventions in limbo and under “secrecy orders” at the US Patent Office

Five thousand inventions in limbo and under “secrecy orders” at the US Patent Office | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Five thousand inventions in limbo and under “secrecy orders” at the US Patent Office 

 

by Jon Rappoport

March 28, 2018 

 

How many of these patents, if granted, would be game changers for planet Earth? Who knows?

 

Buckle up. Here we go.

 

From FAS (Federation of American Scientists), Secrecy News, Oct. 21, 2010, “Invention Secrecy Still Going Strong,” by Steven Aftergood: 

 

“There were 5,135 inventions that were under secrecy orders at the end of Fiscal Year 2010, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office told Secrecy News last week. It’s a 1% rise over the year before, and the highest total in more than a decade.” 

 

“Under the Invention Secrecy Act of 1951, patent applications on new inventions can be subject to secrecy orders restricting their publication if government agencies believe that disclosure would be ‘detrimental to the national security’.” 

 

“The current list of technology areas that is used to screen patent applications for possible restriction under the Invention Secrecy Act is not publicly available and has been denied under the Freedom of Information Act..." 

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Patents are often used as a means of actually keeping technological advances out of the hands of the public. Thousands of inventors found that, when they were patenting their invention, instead of a patent they got a gag order. Do not speak about this patent and do not work on it any more, it is of military significance, so no one better know about it...

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Terra Cotta Heats Your Room Without Electricity For 10 Cents Per Day

Terra Cotta Heats Your Room Without Electricity For 10 Cents Per Day | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

The heating effect of a candle's flame is mostly by convection, some air is heated and it rises to the ceiling of the room with little overall heating effect. 

 

A more efficient transfer of heat is by way of infrared radiation, but a candle flame is too hot to emit much in the infrared range, and it is a rather small point of emission.

 

Infrared is efficiently transmitted by a heated massive body that re-transmits in the infrared range. So a heated stone or a heated ceramic or terracotta body makes a good emitter. 

 

Infrared has the property of not heating the air but going directly from the mass that is the source to the target mass. Infrared radiation makes things feel warm, even if the air temperature is not high. Take the rays of the sun on a cold winter day, you will get a definite warming effect from the sun's infrared rays. 

 

The same principle is at work in this case. The terracotta body provides the mass needed to heat up (moderately) to become an efficient infrared emitter.

 

So the difference in heating effect between a naked candle and a candle that heats a ceramic or terracotta dome is the due to the different heating method. Infrared is more efficient as a heat transfer mechanism than convection (which is heating of the passing current of air). Infrared does not have to heat all the air in the room before the effect of heat is felt.

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Use a candle to heat your room. A neat low-tech way to get warm...

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Alternative Energy, Free Energy, Plasma Technology, Healing Technology, Nano-Technology…and more – Tune IN :

Alternative Energy, Free Energy, Plasma Technology, Healing Technology, Nano-Technology…and more – Tune IN : | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Mehran Tavakoli Keshe was born in Iran in 1958. As the son of an X-ray engineer, he was introduced to the world of radiation and nuclear science at a very young age. In 1981 he graduated from Queen Mary College, University of London, as a nuclear engineer specializing in reactor technology system control. 

 

Unsatisfied with the nuclear technology of the time, Mr. Keshe went on to develop his own system for the production of gravity and energy using a small plasma reactor that is clean and safe. He covered all aspects of the design of a new plasma nuclear system from the very beginning to its present stage. This has included the design, the fuel, the testing and practical applications. 

 

Since 2002 he has been developing the full range of his technology for launch into the scientific world and industry.

 

The article also links an interview with the founder of ECETI Ranch - James Gilliland  (www.ECETI.org) , delivered in his latest Radio show: "As You Wish Talk Radio …" 

 

This is some really "far out there" technology being developed which is based on a new understanding of physics that does not exclude consciousness but actually uses it for applications such as energy production, health, agriculture, transport and - yes - advanced space travel tech.

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This is some really "far out there" technology being developed which is based on a new understanding of physics that does not exclude consciousness but actually uses it for applications such as energy production, health, agriculture, transport and - yes - advanced space travel tech. 

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Renault POM signup - OSVehicle #OpenSource Vehicle

Renault POM signup - OSVehicle #OpenSource Vehicle | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Based on Twizy, Renault has developed POM, an open-source automotive platform which is a compact and lightweight electric vehicle with bodywork parts removed.

 

Available to start-ups, independent laboratories, private customers and researchers, it allows third parties to copy and modify existing hardware and software to create a totally customizable electric vehicle. 

 

Renault is partnering with OSVehicle to develop and sell this open-source platform readily accessible to the community. OSVehicle also provides on-demand design and engineering services for complete personalization. Bringing together a rich ecosystem of entrepreneurs, developers, designers, and engineers, OSVehicle makes it easier to build, share, distribute and modify the hardware designs of electric vehicles.

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Electric Drive Technology ... Makes Personal Vertical Take-off Vehicles Possible - (Video 4 min)

An electrically powered jet, that can start and land like a helicopter: vertically. 

 

Range: 500 km (310 miles)

at a speed of 300 km/h (186 mph)

 

The Video is a promotional talk...

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An electric air vehicle with decent range and speed - could revolutionize personal transport...

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3D printed water-maker can create 2 liters of drinking water every hour out of the air

3D printed water-maker can create 2 liters of drinking water every hour out of the air | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Indian engineer, Jawwad Patel, has invented a small device, known as the Dewdrop, that is capable of producing two liters of water every hour from the air. 


It is a relatively simple-to-create device, as it is just a container that constantly refills itself, using fans to bring in moisture from the surrounding environment.    It filters the dust from the air and mineralizes the water as it's being created.  The water is condensed using the Thomson and Peltier effect.

Though it produces about 1.86l/hr in humid environments, it can still create about 1.2l/hr in desert-like areas.  It is powered by a 12V 6000 mAh Lithium-ion battery. 


Advancements are being made to the machine that will allow it to be powered by solar panels and let the user choose if they want hot or cold water.
 

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An Indian engineer has created a device that takes water out of the air. Runs on batteries for now but solar will be the next step.

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Reversing the combustion process to convert CO2 into ethanol

Reversing the combustion process to convert CO2 into ethanol | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Scientists from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory claim to have produced one of the most usable of all chemicals - ethanol - in a process conducted at room temperature that effectively reverses the combustion process...

 

Employing a catalyst made of copper nanoparticles embedded in spikes of carbon, the team found that electricity applied at just 1.2 volts was sufficient to convert CO2 suspended in water into ethanol. In effect, the team were able to produce a complicated chemical reaction, essentially reversing the combustion process, with relative ease and an initial conversion rate of some 63 percent. This was a surprise to the researchers, as this type of electrochemical reaction often produces many different chemicals, including methane, ethylene, and carbon monoxide. 

 

"We're taking carbon dioxide, a waste product of combustion, and we're pushing that combustion reaction backwards with very high selectivity to a useful fuel," says Dr Adam Rondinone, of ORNL. "Ethanol was a surprise – it's extremely difficult to go straight from carbon dioxide to ethanol with a single catalyst. We discovered somewhat by accident that this material worked, we were trying to study the first step of a proposed reaction when we realized that the catalyst was doing the entire reaction on its own."

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We're learning about the chemistry of the combustion process - a new type of catalyst (nano copper) allows to reverse the process and produce ethanol from CO2...

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5G Technology Approved: FCC Evades Questions About Wireless Dangers

5G Technology Approved: FCC Evades Questions About Wireless Dangers | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

The Federal Communications Commission just rubber-stamped their rollout of “5G” cellular technology which, while increasing throughput, would blanket the planet with ultra-high microwave frequencies — 24Ghz and up.

 

The fact that these frequencies have never been tested as safe is not stopping corporate-government plans for building a “massive infrastructure.”

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5G - the next mobile phone technology around the corner - has been given the official seal of approval and go-ahead for roll-out. The FCC has said 'yes' to a technology that will use the 5 to 100 GHz microwave band... but questions of what all those high power microwaves will do to humans are being evaded...

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