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Nov 10, 2015

Solar Power To Become Cheapest Source Of Energy In Many Regions By 2025, German Experts Say

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

Solar power still amounts for a small share of net electricity generation around the world. In the USA, for instance, as of December 2014 it was responsible for just 0.45% of the total electricity produced.

Things are changing quite quickly, however, and if the German think tank Agora Energiewende is right, faster than expected.

The main obstacle to a more widespread adoption of photovoltaic so far, has been cost: solar used to be very expensive compared to coal or gas, but, according to Agora — that recently commissioned a study on the subject to the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems — this is no longer true.

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Nov 10, 2015

Breakthrough: Preventing a Robot Takeover

Posted by in categories: innovation, robotics/AI

Michio Kaku on A.I.


“Why compete with robots when we can take the best attributes of robots and incoporate it into our body?” — Dr. Michio Kaku. Do you agree?

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Nov 10, 2015

3RDi is a Camera for the Middle of Your Forehead

Posted by in categories: electronics, privacy

Think the Google Glass camera glasses are funny looking? Check out the 3RDi. Pronounced “third eye,” it’s a new camera that lets you capture your life while you’re enjoying the moment by placing a camera smack dab in the center of your forehead, making you look like a camera cyclops.

The camera is the brainchild of a Montreal, Quebec-based startup called 3RDiTEK. Style-wise, it looks like a bright white headband with a small black camera built into the forehead section.

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Nov 10, 2015

7 Technologies Turning Science Fiction Into Fact

Posted by in category: futurism

From invisibility cloaks to bringing back extinct species, the truth often catches up with fiction.

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Nov 10, 2015

3RDiTEK: The 3RDi (“Third eye”) is a techwear device that allows you to enjoy your present moment while capturing it

Posted by in categories: internet, privacy

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Nov 10, 2015

These brilliant scientists each won $3 million for discovering a way to turn brain cells on or off using light

Posted by in categories: genetics, neuroscience

Ed Boyden and Karl Deisseroth won Breakthrough Prizes for their discovery of optogenetics.

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Nov 10, 2015

NextTech: This Robotic Snake Is A Shapeshifter

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Shape — Shifting Robotic Snake


It can morph into a lamp stand as quick as it provides email notifications: There’s not much this shapeshifting snake can’t do. http://voc.tv/1P6L9zh

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Nov 10, 2015

Next Big Future: Superconducting at −70 degrees celsius seems to be accepted

Posted by in categories: chemistry, materials, physics

The world of superconductivity is in uproar. Last year, Mikhail Eremets and a couple of pals from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany, made the extraordinary claim that they had seen hydrogen sulphide superconducting at −70 °C. That’s some 20 degrees hotter than any other material—a huge increase over the current record.

Eremets and co have worked hard to conjure up the final pieces of conclusive evidence. A few weeks ago, their paper was finally published in the peer reviewed journal Nature, giving it the rubber stamp of respectability that mainstream physics requires. Suddenly, superconductivity is back in the headlines.

Today, Antonio Bianconi and Thomas Jarlborg at the Rome International Center for Materials Science Superstripes in Italy provide a review of this exciting field. These guys give an overview of Eremet and co’s discovery and a treatment of the theoretical work that attempts to explain it.

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Nov 9, 2015

Mobile health market to explode

Posted by in category: health

The mobile health market is growing, one study says, predicting a value of nearly $50 billion in 5 years.

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Nov 9, 2015

Austria’s largest state now gets 100 percent of its electricity from renewables

Posted by in category: sustainability

Lower Austria, the largest of the country’s nine states, announced this week that is has gone all in on clean energy, with 100 percent of its electricity generation for its 1.65-million-strong population now sourced from renewable energy.

In the weeks before world leaders meet for decisive UN climate talks in Paris later this month, the announcement of Lower Austria’s achievement is a beacon of hope amid other grim environmental news – and also a testament to how much the state has put into clean energy production.

“We have invested heavily to boost energy efficiency and to expand renewables,” said Erwin Proell, premier of Lower Austria, at a news conference, as reported by AFP. “Since 2002 we have invested 2.8 billion euros (US$3 billion) in eco-electricity, from solar parks to renewing (hydroelectric) stations on the Danube.”

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