Smarter Power Designs

Smarter Power Designs

Gadgets and gear are all encompassing; smothering the retail market with each new upgrade, add-on or novel needed feature. These 2 designs are creative spins on their existing versions, but also promise to still be future relevant. A smart charging station is determined to take over the mass array of chargers. DODOcase and Stikwood created a docking station called the Charging Nest that is supposed to cover the present and the future with its all-encompassing charging features. It has an old fashioned look that gives it character, but it is a fully modern, adjustable charging dock. Made from reclaimed wood, it can charge devices… read more

Unusual Places To Look For Battery Power

Unusual Places To Look For Battery Power

Extending electronic life and juicing up gadgets, batteries and power storage are vital to everyday life. There are innovative designs that make batteries more efficient, but those are probably much different than the following scientific discoveries. The world of technology has a covert side that one research team has found out. As discussed in New Scientist, behind our plugged-in gear lives a whole spectrum of life that can actually be used for power. By gathering sea sediment and placing battery electrodes into it, researchers found that along with bacteria living cells will begin to appear. When combined with filaments, which… read more

The Silk Leaf Replicates Science

The Silk Leaf Replicates Science

As the fall season is creeping up around some parts of the world, the eyes can turn to the changing appearances of outdoor scenery, like trees, plants and leaves. Leaves bring on a colorful autumn display, and their natural design is often replicated in art, architecture and science. Julian Melchiorri, a graduate from the Royal College of Art, has invented a fully functional synthetic leaf called the Silk Leaf. Though it is a man-made version of a leaf it operates as a natural leaf, complete with the processes of a normal plant. Made from chloroplasts that come from plant cells and fibers from silk proteins,… read more

These 3 Handy Tools Let You Be A Food Scientist

These 3 Handy Tools Let You Be A Food Scientist

Keeping track of everything in the food supply is nearly impossible. While label reading and careful consumption certainly helps, we all know what an extra effort it can be to try and uncover the potentially harmful and amplify the beneficial. The following resources are a few clever tools that are helpful and simple to use. Though no one wants yet another gadget to have to carry around, there is one on the table that promises to put you in the know regarding ingredients. The SCiO is a handheld molecular sensor available for preorder that can analyze nearly every component it comes… read more

There’s Something About Thunderstorms…

There’s Something About Thunderstorms…

Clouds on a sunny day are striking in their own right, but there is something about a storm cloud filled to its blurred edges and about to burst that is captivating. Emitting its internal rainstorm and fabricating its own sound to go along with the production is quite an impressive feat. Clouds and thunderstorms are often alluring themes for artists, architects and designers, often replicated in their creations. For example, the residential Cloud House is a sunny version of the sky decoration. Also, interior lighting designs like the Cloudy lamp and innovative and futuristic concepts like Passing Cloud and Head in… read more

Going paperless – give it a go!

Going paperless

“Save the trees and stop global warming” she cried We’re not really sure who “she” is, but someone has surely shouted that out at one point or another in their life, probably from a rooftop like in the movies. Paperless everything is here for good now. E-reader devices, document scanners, e-magazines, etc are the new magazine stand, bookstore-down-the-street, xerox-printer-in-every-office trend, and the movement is growing. You’re hopefully wondering how you might join this fad. The answer is quite simple; do your research and ditch old habits. Maybe you work for a company who prints out paper like it’s their job, and… read more

Oceanic Architecture Of The Future

Oceanic Architecture Of The Future

Elaborate and awe-inspiring architectural concept designs don’t have to be purely land based. Some spectacular ideas for structures with sea legs are also floating around, literally. Aptly referred to as the Floating Island from AT Design Office, this concept design for an ocean based residential, entertainment and business district is an interesting proposal. The manmade island containing the rafted metropolis would stretch for miles. The foundation is constructed of hexagon slating, and underneath the flooring is a system of connected roads and walking paths that provide transportation outlets. Occupants have the option to be either above or below the ocean’s surface. A… read more

Keeping your IT costs low

Home IT costs

Everybody appreciates efficient productivity, whether it’s in the workplace, the hobbies you’re building in your garage, or your home computer. And when we can achieve that level of potency while keeping costs and power usage low, everybody wins. Here are a few tips on keeping your home IT costs to a minimum: 1. Raspberry Pi Microcomputer This $35 device is a terrific all-around mini-computer, with an endless range of uses. One of it’s most valuable assets is its low-power consumption. You can turn your Raspberry Pi into a digital network storage device for all your computer files. The best part? It only… read more

Rethinking Wind Power

Rethinking Wind Power

The Invelox is an innovative wind energy source, envisioned by Dr. Daryoush Allaei, CEO of the SheerWind company, which may solve the dilemmas faced by traditional wind turbines, including noise nuisance and inconsistent levels of energy output. The Invelox is funnel-like in both appearance and function. Using the Invelox, outside winds are captured and funneled to create a natural increase in the wind’s speed so it can be converted into energy. Winds as low as 2 mph are captured by intake tunnels and travel through a sharp, 90-degree angle turn. At this point, the wind reaches speeds of up to… read more

Space Based Solar Power

Solar power from space

Humans are resting their hope of finding alternative energy generation models on solar and wind power generation. But what if science could find some way to harness the power of the sleepless sun? This is not just a twist in a science fiction novel, as researchers are making good progress towards harnessing space based solar power. It all began when Isaac Asimov wrote of solar power being collected from space and transmitted to the planet with the help of microwaves. This concept was later extended by Peter Glaser in 1968 and he detailed the basic idea of creating a solar satellite which incorporated… read more