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Feb 23, 2016

Wireless charging is finally coming to the Tesla Model S, thanks to an aftermarket manufacturer

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Aftermarket wireless EV charger maker Plugless is taking preorders for its inductive charger for the Tesla Model S.

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Feb 23, 2016

Orison – Rethink the Power of Energy

Posted by in categories: energy, habitats

The first home battery system you simply plug in to install.

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Feb 23, 2016

Homesteading in Space: White House Science Office Seeks Sci-Fi Inspiration

Posted by in categories: policy, science, space

Today at the California NanoSystems Institute/ UCLA in Los Angeles, California, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) co-sponsored a look at humanity’s space future.

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Feb 23, 2016

Play nice! How the internet is trying to design out toxic behavior — By Gaby Hinsliff | The Guardian

Posted by in categories: big data, computing, education, ethics, information science, internet

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“Online abuse can be cruel – but for some tech companies it is an existential threat. Can giants such as Facebook use behavioural psychology and persuasive design to tame the trolls?”

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Feb 23, 2016

Graphene May Soon be Produced Commercially, Thanks to a Chance Discovery

Posted by in categories: electronics, materials, solar power, sustainability

Graphene is too delicate to be produced commercially, but it seem that scientists have now stumbled upon the correct method of tuning it.

Graphene has many extraordinary properties. It is carbon, but it comes in the form of a two-dimensional, atomic thick, honeycomb lattice.

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Feb 23, 2016

Plans Being Devised for Human Outpost Near the Moon

Posted by in categories: habitats, space

GOLDEN, Colo. — Researchers are mapping out how to build a human outpost in cislunar space — the region around Earth’s moon.

The ongoing work is expected to help plot out other deep-space trips, such as the journey to a near-Earth asteroid and the larger leap to distant Mars.

Under NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) Projects, scientists and engineers are examining how best to utilize NASA’s Orion deep-space crew capsule and future human habitats to set up a cislunar outpost. [Visions of Deep-Space Stations (Gallery)].

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Feb 23, 2016

LG VR 360 viewer reactions at MWC 2016

Posted by in category: virtual reality

Reactions to LG VR 360 virtual reality headset, from MWC 2016. #LG #MWC2016

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Feb 23, 2016

LG steps back into VR with new lightweight headset

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, virtual reality

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Forgoing the use of a phone as its display, LG’s VR headset features two independent screens and connects to your handset with a USB Type-C connection.

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Feb 23, 2016

Google Researchers Make Quantum Computing Components More Reliable

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Researchers from a university and Google demonstrate a crucial error-correction step needed to make quantum computing practical.

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Feb 23, 2016

Proven one-step process to convert CO2 and water directly into liquid hydrocarbon fuel

Posted by in categories: chemistry, sustainability, transportation

Our next step is to develop a photo-catalyst better matched to the solar spectrum,” MacDonnell said. “Then we could more effectively use the entire spectrum of incident light to work towards the overall goal of a sustainable solar liquid fuel.


A team of University of Texas at Arlington chemists and engineers have proven that concentrated light, heat and high pressures can drive the one-step conversion of carbon dioxide and water directly into useable liquid hydrocarbon fuels.

This simple and inexpensive new sustainable fuels technology could potentially help limit global warming by removing from the atmosphere to make fuel. The process also reverts oxygen back into the system as a byproduct of the reaction, with a clear positive environmental impact, researchers said.

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