Uncovering the Architectural Mysteries of ‘the Miracle of Divriği’

The Great Mosque of Divrigi goes beyond being a mosque. Its architecture stuns as an enormous hypostyle (or pillar supported) complex. It includes a hospital under a charming tomb, decked out by significant Islamic geometric patterns.The building, known as a “darusshifa,” served as an Islamic hospital. It was built in the Sivas Province in central eastern Turkey in...

Nuclear Waste Can Now be Transformed into Diamond Batteries

Geochemists from the UK developed a way to take dangerous nuclear waste and turn it into artificial diamonds. These diamonds can generate their own electric current. With a half-life of nearly 5,800 years, these potential diamond batteries could offer solutions to both waste and energy issues.“There are no moving parts involved, no emissions generated, and no maintenance required,...

Researchers Create Nylon Artificial Muscles for Robots

Engineers with MIT created an inexpensive way to make bending muscle fibers. These artificial muscles have become staples in robotics over the last decade, as robotics progresses toward more human-like builds.The team found a simple and relatively cheap solution in nylon fiber. The synthetic material can be shaped and heated in MIT’s new process, detailed in Advanced Materials.Linear...

Russian Cargo Ship Has Crashed Minutes After it was Launched

Minutes after launch, the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) has confirmed that the unmanned Progress 65 cargo ship has crashed.The communication was lost after 383 seconds after it had left Baikonur.The cargo ship was accompanied by a Soyuz carrier rocket. This should have been a routine operation as Russia sends 3-4 of these cargo ships to the ISS every...

Watch the Wearable Tesla Coil Gun in Action

“Power can be, and at no distant date will be, transmitted without wires, for all commercial uses, such as the lighting of homes and the driving of airplanes. I have discovered the essential principles, and it only remains to develop them commercially. When this is done, you will be able to go anywhere in the world — to...

10 Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency at Home and Put Money in Your Pocket

Welcome to our Domestic Energy Efficiency Shortcuts – The Easy Way short guide.Domestic Energy Efficiency has long been a hot topic of debate and subject to extensive research and capital expenditure for countries and organizations alike for many decades. The so-called green revolution has helped to push this principle into the public arena.It might surprise you that in...

The Massage Shagger will be Your New Guilty Pleasure

This handheld massager looks to be the most relaxing tool on the market. The OTO Massage Shagger can ‘awaken your body with pleasure’ by stimulating and oxygenating body tissues.Each massager gets handcrafted from three types of wood: ashwood, walnut and wenge. The bunny ear design led to the device’s supporters being affectionately dubbed “honeybunnies” and “bunnies.”A bit of...

Zap Mosquitoes with a Tiny Laser Tank

Forget your old bug zappers and fly swatters. This mini-tank lets you wage war on pesky mosquitoes in epic fashion.The Chinese device dubbed “the Laser Movable Mosquito Killer Robot” seems just as ludicrous as it sounds. Writer Max Rotor hilariously reviewed the product for Quill or Capture, a blog covering the things normally left out of the spotlight....

What’s in a Name? A Brief Guide to Renewable Energy

What is renewable energy? This brief guide will help you to understand this often cited and yet usually misunderstood topic.Let’s kick things off with a definition.Renewable energy :Any naturally occurring, theoretically inexhaustible source of energy, as biomass, solar, wind, tidal, wave, and hydroelectric power, that is not derived from fossil or nuclear fuel.Well that was quick, I’m off to...

New Kid on the Renewable Energy Block: Solar Roof Tiles

Tesla’s recent debut of solar roof tiles to replace regular tiles seriously impressed the public. Similar solar roof tiles are the latest addition to the solar industry. However, this technology is far from a modern discovery.Little did Alexandre Edmond Becquerel (pictured below), way back in 1839, that his humble discovery would benefit mankind almost 180 years later. Becquerel discovered that certain...