The Problem with Renewable Energy (and ways its being fixed)

Renewable energy is fantastic. It reduces carbon emissions thereby reducing the carbon footprint currently devastating many parts of the world.As renewable energy becomes more sustainable and more viable than it has ever been, more and more countries are turning ‘green’ and reverting to sustainable ways. Some countries have completely abolished coal burning facilities and have turned to other...

Aerovelo’s Human-Powered Helicopter Wins $250,000 Prize

A team of engineering students collaborated to construct a functional human-powered helicopter, conquering the American Helicopter Societies US $250,000 Sikorsky challenge to build a helicopter powered only by man.The team was after conquering the Sikorsky Prize– a challenge set out by the American Helicopter Society (AHS) putting forth US $250,000 to any team that can build a human-powered...

Nautilus Researchers Stumble Across the Most Adorable Squid

The Nautilus Research team has been known to find some rather interesting things with their UV, but this extremely adorable squid is by far the cutest. The underwater robotic vehicle was over 900 meters deep when it came across a what looked like a lost stuffed animal. As the researchers zoomed in, they found a tiny little squid...

5,000 Mini Robots are Set to Be Launched into Space to Map the Universe

For the most part, we do not know what is beyond the reaches of the world, but a new research team is hoping to change that. A team of scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is now setting to launch 5,000 small robots into space to help develop the first map of the universe beyond earth.“A 3-D sky-mapping project...

It Actually Takes A LOT of Work to Determine if Your Food is Real

Most of us are hopefully aware that a large portion of the food we eat is actually fake. From the cheeses on that microwave pizza to the pasta you made for dinner last night, unless you know a lot about the ingredient list, you may not know if you are eating authentic ingredients. Cheese is likely the most “faked” food...

Specialized Cameras Capture Perseid Meteor Shower Around the World

The Perseid meteor shower took place through the end of July into early August this year. A team of research students from the Florida Insitute of Technology working on the SkySentinal project worked through this shower to capture the amazing sight from around the globe. The team used wide-angle cameras to not only record the shower from different...

Small Stanford Device Harnesses Solar to Purify Water Faster

A little device developed by researchers at Stanford can purify water of nearly all bacteria in just 20 minutes. Water purification on a large scale is accomplished in one of two main ways, chlorine addition or UV radiation. Ozone can also be used, but it is less common in the treatment processes. This small black device attracts a...

Rising Sea Levels May Actually be Beneficial for Coral Reefs

Climate Change and rising sea levels threaten many coastal cities and developments, but the warming temperatures may not be all bad. Coral reefs have been dying all across the globe due to heat stress. This is partially due to the lack of seawater covering the coral reefs, in turn, heating them up from what sunlight does get to...

Scientists Develop Compound to Keep Scars from Forming

Research presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society yesterday demonstrates new chemical breakthroughs that could prevent scars from forming. Scars readily form on skin after it has sustained an injury, as it is part of the healing process. While some may enjoy the story behind their scar, there are many that wish they could get rid of...

Interscatter Device Allows Contact Lenses to Communicate Through Wifi

Engineers at the University of Washington have created a new communication system that allows modified implants to communicate through wi-fi. This technology is applicable not only to contact lenses, but brain implants, credit cards, and other small electronics as well. Called “interscatter,” the system converts Bluetooth into Wi-Fi which can be picked up by a smartphone. The small...