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Mar 10, 2018

This New Hybrid Solar Cell Can Harvest Electricity From Actual Raindrops

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability, transportation

As advanced and efficient as our solar panels are becoming, they’re still pretty much useless when rain clouds arrive overhead. That could soon change thanks to a hybrid cell that can harvest energy from both sunlight and raindrops.

The key part of the system is a triboelectric nanogenerator or TENG, a device which creates electric charge from the friction of two materials rubbing together, as with static electricity – it’s all about the shifting of electrons.

TENGs can draw power from car tyres hitting the road, clothing materials rubbing up against each other, or in this case the rolling motion of raindrops across a solar panel. The end result revealed by scientists from Soochow University in China is a cell that works come rain or shine.

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Mar 10, 2018

Bill Gates Just Purchased an Enormous Amount of Land to Build His Own “Smart City”

Posted by in category: innovation

24,800 acres of land will soon become a “smart city” in Arizona. One of Bill Gates’ investment firms is investing millions into this project, hoping that its proximity to local hubs and ability to be completely molded will allow for innovation.

Bill Gates has started laying out his plans for creating a “smart city” in Phoenix, Arizona, about 45 minutes west of downtown. Located in the far west valley, the piece of land is comprised of approximately 24,800 acres. Belmont, the proposed name for the city, will embrace and push forward innovation and technology. One of Gates’ investment firms has already solidified the plans by devoting $80 million to the project.

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Mar 9, 2018

Bioquark Inc. — Senior Life Journeys Podcast — Ira Pastor

Posted by in categories: aging, bioengineering, biotech/medical, business, DNA, futurism, genetics, health, neuroscience, transhumanism

Mar 9, 2018

Nuclear energy scientists think they’ve solved the mystery of building efficient fusion power plants

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

Nuclear fusion isn’t very efficient without the incredibly hot temperatures found on the sun.

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Mar 9, 2018

The quest to 3D-bioprint every dead person back to life

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioprinting, quantum physics, transhumanism

My new article at Newsweek on transhumanism, 3D Bioprinting the dead, and Quantum Archaeology:


Can radical scientific and technological advances really solve the problem of death?

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Mar 9, 2018

New virus strain behind HIV explosion in the Philippines

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A more aggressive and drug-resistant HIV subtype is behind skyrocketing HIV infection rates in the Philippines. Epidemiologist Edsel Salvana tells DW that the new strain is threatening to spark a new epidemic.

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Mar 9, 2018

Physicists To Test Whether Gravity is a Quantum Force

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Our current understanding of gravity is based on Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity—a dated concept belonging to the realm of classical physics.

Modern scientists, however, are still struggling to quantize gravity—that is, describe it according to the principles of quantum mechanics.

This 83-year search is believed by many to be the deepest question in physics.

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Mar 9, 2018

The Transformer of Autonomous Farmbots Can Do 100 Jobs on Its Own

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

The multitalented Dot Power Platform could raise crop yields 70 percent by 2050.

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Mar 9, 2018

Meet the Satellites That Can Pinpoint Methane and Carbon Dioxide Leaks

Posted by in category: satellites

European and Canadian orbiters can work together to catch wayward emissions.

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Mar 9, 2018

Eni backs U.S. nuclear fusion firm formed by ex-MIT researchers

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

MILAN (Reuters) — Italian energy company Eni will conduct research with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and invest in a company created by former MIT scientists to produce energy from nuclear fusion.

FILE PHOTO: Eni’s logo is seen in front of its headquarters in San Donato Milanese, near Milan, Italy, April 27, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini/File Photo.

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