USA Fossil-Fueled Future: World Energy in 2040

24/12/2013 10:10
What sort of fabulous new energy systems will the world possess in 2040? Which fuels will supply the bulk of our energy needs? And how will that change the global energy equation, international politics and the planet’s health? If the experts at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are...

Paying With Plastic: Recycling Earns Public Transit Fares in China

24/12/2013 09:56
Remember in the opening scenes of Back To The Future: Part II when Doc Brown frantically rummages through a couple of garbage cans for fuel? When the film was released in 1989, the idea of using biodegradable materials as fuel for vehicles was entertaining but wildly science fiction....

Innovative Shower Reduces Water Usage by 90%, Electricity by 80%

11/12/2013 09:42
A typical 10-minute shower can use 150 liters of water and requires energy to keep all of that incoming water hot. An innovative new design recycles shower water so only around five liters of water is needed and can be used and reused for weeks. The OrbSys shower system is the brainchild...

Researchers discover how mosquitos locate hosts' skin for feeding

11/12/2013 09:40
etting bit by a mosquito is more than just an annoyingly itchy bump; it can also lead to life-threatening diseases like dengue fever, malaria, West Nile virus, and more. As such, many areas that  are severely affected by these diseases have focused their efforts on controlling the population...

Amazon testing drones for deliveries

11/12/2013 09:38
Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, is testing unmanned drones to deliver goods to customers, Chief Executive Jeff Bezos says. The drones, called Octocopters, could deliver packages weighing up to 2.3kg to customers within 30 minutes of them placing the order, he said. However, he added...

Squeezing more light in could lead to fiber optic cables that carry 10 times more data

11/12/2013 09:36
When you’re trying to bring the world data at faster and faster rates, every little bit of efficiency matters. That’s why scientists have spent years attempting to coax as much capacity and speed out of fiber optic cables as possible. Data signals travel through fiber optic cables in the...
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