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Jun 9, 2016

Tungsten trioxide nanostructures for solar energy conversion

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, solar power, sustainability

Low-cost, low-dimensional nanoarchitectures provide optimal structures for charge collection in large-scale solar energy harvesting and conversion applications.

Photoelectrochemical water splitting, where irradiation of a photoelectrode in water produces hydrogen and oxygen, can be used for solar energy harvesting and conversion.1 The process potentially offers a clean, sustainable, and large-scale energy resource. Photoanodes used in the photoelectrochemical process are generally made from Earth-abundant oxide semiconductors, such as titanium dioxide, tungsten trioxide, and iron (III) oxide.2 Among these metal oxide semiconductors, tungsten trioxide is regarded as one of the best candidates because of its visible light-driven photocatalytic activity, its good charge transport properties, and its relative stability in aqueous electrolytes. However, the light absorption and charge collection efficiency of tungsten trioxide—especially within a bulk structure—still needs to be improved to realize practical photoelectrochemical applications.

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Jun 9, 2016

Turning an Asteroid into a Spacecraft with 3D Printing

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, space travel

Definitely the making of a Wild Ride.


Made In Space has received NASA funding to detail plans for converting asteroids into spacecraft using 3D printing.

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Jun 9, 2016

First 3D-printed electric motorcycle looks exactly how it sounds

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, transportation

I cannot wait to see the sports car.


3D printing has allowed for a motorcycle far lighter than normal.

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Jun 9, 2016

Tennessee startup plans to create 3D printed house

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, habitats, information science, robotics/AI

Wishing them luck.


Tennessee -based Branch Technology has announced it will begin construction of a 3D-printed house in 2017. Designed by Honolulu-based WATG, the project was initiated for the Freeform Home Design Challenge, which asked participants to design for Branch’s Cellular Fabrication (C-Fab) 3D printing technology. The small house designs were required to be between 600 and 800 square feet.

Branch’s C-Fab technology involves 3D printing carbon-fiber-reinforced ABS plastic with a large robotic arm. The resulting formwork can then be covered in more traditional building materials, such as concrete or foam. Instead of the typical completely 3D printed additive technique, C-Fab uses an algorithm to formulate an interior framework for the structure.

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Jun 9, 2016

Lenovo unveils augmented reality smartphone using Google’s Project Tango

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, mobile phones

Not bad.


Lenovo is ready to tango—utilizing Google’s Project Tango tech that is.

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Jun 9, 2016

This is the future: YouTuber uses drone to cut hair

Posted by in categories: computing, drones, robotics/AI

Who needs a hair artisian anymore while you a have a drone. What’s next? Makeup artists? Lookout Mary Kay.

What about movie/ video crew that’s all drones? The list goes on and on.


A popular robotics vlogger and a computer hacker pair up to give a mannequin a haircut with a drone. Is this the feel-good story of the summer?

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Jun 9, 2016

Navy looking for drones to refuel, update other drones

Posted by in categories: drones, military, robotics/AI

Drone helping drones.


The Office of Naval Research is looking for other unmanned platforms to provide data transfers and refuel unmanned surface vehicles at sea.

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Jun 9, 2016

Engineered pathogen-binding protein enables rapid isolation of infectious bacteria from joint fluids

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics

Very cool.


Pinpointing the type of bacteria that are at the root of an infection in clinical samples removed from living tissues, such as blood, urine or joint fluids, to quickly identify the best anti-microbial therapy still poses a formidable challenge. The standard method of culturing can take days to reveal pathogens, and they often fail to bring them to light altogether.

A team lead by Donald Ingber, M.D., Ph.D., at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University now reports a method in PLoS, which enables the rapid isolation and concentration of infectious bacteria from complex clinical samples to help speed up bacterial identification, and it should be able to accelerate the determination of antibiotic susceptibilities as well.

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Jun 9, 2016

This Man Wants to Treat Diseases with Grain-Size Implants

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, nanotechnology

Luv it.


Only One Big Drugmaker Is Working on a Nanobot Cure.
GlaxoSmithKline is experimenting with grain-size implants that treat disease.

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Jun 9, 2016

Big Government Courts Small Startups

Posted by in categories: government, health, internet

Silicon Valley is trying a new approach in get new tech into the US government (states, counties, and cities/ towns) hands.


I think most of us can agree that the internet poses some unique and wide-scale risks to our privacy.

Our every move online can be — and often is — tracked. In the past, it might have been hard for companies or the government to know your interests, political leanings, religious affiliation or health problems. But they can glean all that and more by simply watching what you do on the internet.

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