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Jul 31, 2017

How to pull water out of thin air, even in the driest parts of the globe

Posted by in category: sustainability

A new device that’s powered by sunlight could help solve water scarcity problems.

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Jul 31, 2017

A Real Life, All-Electric Flying Car Just Took Off

Posted by in categories: drones, energy

Your flying car might finally be on the way as the all-electric, two-seater Lilium Jet took its first test flight this week. Lilium Aviation’s prototype consumes around 90 percent less energy than drone-style aircraft and could be the transportation mode of the future.

If you’ve been begging the universe for a flying car for your entire life, you may soon be able to stop asking (sort of). This week, Germany-based company Lilium Aviation took its new all-electric, two-seater vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) prototype for its first test flight. The jet was piloted remotely during the tests, but its creators say the vehicle’s first manned flight will happen soon.

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Jul 31, 2017

Scientists Have an Experiment to See If the Human Mind Is Bound to the Physical World

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience, quantum physics

Theoretical physicist Lucien Hardy is pushing wants to push the boundaries of quantum physics by performing a Bell test using humans as links. This could potentially shed light on the existence of human consciousness and just what it is made of.

Perhaps one of the most intriguing and interesting phenomena in quantum physics is what Einstein referred to as a “spooky action at a distance” — also known as quantum entanglement. This quantum effect is behind what makes quantum computers work, as quantum bits (qubits) generally rely on entanglement to process data and information. It’s also the working theory behind the possibility of quantum teleportation.

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Jul 31, 2017

This Paint Allows Walls to Convert Heat into Electricity

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability, transportation

Paint these days is becoming much more than it used to be. Already researchers have developed photovoltaic paint, which can be used to make “paint-on solar cells” that capture the sun’s energy and turn it into electricity. Now in a new study, researchers have created thermoelectric paint, which captures the waste heat from hot painted surfaces and converts it into electrical energy.

“I expect that the thermoelectric painting technique can be applied to recovery from large-scale heat source surfaces, such as buildings, cars, and ship vessels,” Jae Sung Son, a coauthor of the study and researcher at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), told

“For example, the temperature of a building’s roof and walls increases to more than 50 °C in the summer,” he said. “If we apply thermoelectric paint on the walls, we can convert huge amounts of waste heat into electrical energy.”

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Jul 31, 2017

“Imagine a train racing past…” – Albert talks his friend through another thought experiment to explain time

Posted by in category: transportation

# Genius.

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Jul 31, 2017

Tesla’s Model 3 Arrives With a Surprise 310-Mile Range

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Elon Musk finally unveils the long-awaited electric car for the masses.

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Jul 31, 2017

This incredible 3D printer can print living human tissue

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Jul 31, 2017

This phone doesn’t need batteries

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Jul 31, 2017

This pen lets you scan and send anything instantly

Posted by in category: futurism

Jul 31, 2017

4D Camera to Improve Machine Vision for Robots and Virtual Reality

Posted by in categories: engineering, robotics/AI, virtual reality

A new type of camera built by Stanford engineers and funded by the NSF and Intel generates a four dimensional image that is capable of capturing nearly 140 degrees of information.

The 4D camera, built by Donald Dansereau, a postdoctoral fellow in electrical engineering and Gordon Wetzstein, assistant professor of electrical engineering at Stanford, along with colleagues from the University of California, San Diego is the first single-lens, wide field of view, light field camera ever made.

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