Public Urinal Turns Pee into Bamboo

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Public bathrooms can be pretty disgusting, depending on the location, but so can the smell of urine wafting out from an alley, where those who opt to not find a bathroom have drained their bladders. One possible solution for both of those issues is a public urinal that uses bamboo plants to clean the water. The PPlanter (pee-pee planter?), which is the work of Hyphae Design Laboratory in Oakland CA, is a public urinal with a twist. The system, designed to be modular and rapidly deployable, uses two plastic storage tanks, one to hold clean water for washing hands and… read more

This Robot Is A Solar Powered Police Officer

This Robot Is A Solar Powered Police Officer

Directing traffic is an occasional part of an officer’s duty, and those who guide vehicles and pedestrians on a regular basis know how frustrating and downright dangerous it can be. Located in Kinshasa, Congo, there is a new line of police officers that are demanding people to stop and take notice. In order to tend to busy traffic routes and decrease financial costs in the African region, an innovative group at the Kinshasa Higher Institute of Applied Techniques has developed a robot that can perform like a traffic officer. The robot can observe traffic flow and works as a stoplight,… read more

Google Preparing Big Plans For The Future

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The “Do No Evil” company has been on a record buying spree these past few months, purchasing billions of dollars worth of companies, startups, patents, and more, which is causing quite a few head-scratches in Silicon Valley. Perhaps the biggest indicator of how Google plans on moving forward in the near future was the hiring of futurist Ray Kurzweil last year, which made him their new Director of Engineering. Kurzweil has been one of the biggest propagators of “The Singularity” — a moment in the future when humanity and technology merge in one fashion or another, irreversibly changing our way… read more

An Electric Trike with the Power of a Motorcycle

An Electric Trike with the Power of a Motorcycle

One up and coming small electric vehicle technology promises to combine the best parts of a motorcycle and a bicycle, while adding a third wheel and electric drive. The Odyssey Electric Trike project, from Dustin Herte and Ryan Bass, is the culmination of five years of work, which began with the first trike being built as a high school business project. The current iteration of the trike, the Mk. 5, is said to be have the speed and power of a motorcycle, due to its powerful 4kW electric motor, which puts out about 5.3 hp. The Odyssey is powered by… read more

Artificial Leaf Nearing Completion

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Researchers are close to completing the development of an artificial leaf that could generate hydrogen. The leaf would run on solar power and convert water into hydrogen and oxygen efficiently. The goal of the project is to create a viable renewable energy as part of the BISfuel initiative by the Energy Frontier Research Center — a company funded by the Dept. of Energy. “Initially, our artificial leaf did not work very well, and our diagnostic studies indicated that a step where a fast chemical reaction had to interact with a slow chemical reaction was not efficient,” said ASU chemistry professor… read more

The Scanadu Scout: A real-life Tricorder

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Star Trek fans, Third-World medical doctors, and fans of awesome gadgets–rejoice! A real-life, working “tricorder” has just been created, and will change the medical world as we know it. Currently, we use an amalgamation of tools and devices to diagnose patients and ourselves. In underdeveloped nations, access to these types of technologies is expensive and impractical, as sanitation methods are pitifully laughable. In the fictional Star Trek television show, space-age doctors used a tool called a “tricorder” to diagnose patients in seconds, and without touching them, no less. The medical world has never created anything similar, and had made little… read more

Rugged Waterproof Battery Offers High Capacity, Small Size

Rugged Waterproof Battery Offers High Capacity, Small Size

If you’re looking for a rugged backup battery for your mobile devices, and one that has a whole lot of features packed into a tiny form factor, including being dustproof, waterproof, and shockproof, then you’ll want to take a closer look at the latest offering from Limefuel. If you live an active lifestyle, and are hard on your gear, the company’s newest model, the Rugged L150XR, just might be the offroad and offgrid portable power supply for you. Weighing in at just 13 oz, and measuring just 5.5″ x 3.27″ x 1″, this little device packs a lot of juice… read more

The Downsides of Technology

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Since the turn of the 21st century, new technology has changed life for us all. Historically, there have been many eras of technological advancement, however, this article will discuss only the most recent of such enlightenments; the“Dot Com Boom”. Smartphones, tablets, internet shopping, and more emerged around Y2K, and in the present day, we’ve been touched by these technologies in ways we never imagined 20 years ago. This begs the question; are we truly better off with this advanced technology? Before you misunderstand my point, know that I’m the last person to tell you that the Amish are living a… read more

Mossy Music – This Radio Plays From Plant Power

Mossy Music - This Radio Plays From Plant Power

A team of researchers, biochemists and plant scientists from the University of Cambridge have created a prototype of a radio that can run on moss. Figuring out how to power up an FM radio with a network of plants, the process works via what they refer to as Biophotovoltaics, which is a budding biophilic technology where electrons and protons that are generated by plants in photosynthesis are collected and converted into electrical currents. The Moss FM radio contains 10 photo microbial fuel cells. Wanting to try out a way to power up a home device, but worried about the environment… read more

App Uses Smartphone for Science Research While You Sleep

App Uses Smartphone for Science Research While You Sleep

Many of us have a remarkable piece of technology in our pockets, a mini computer that has more processing power than most of us know what to do with, in the form of a smartphone. And while these smartphones get a lot of use from us during the day, they tend to sit idle while we’re sleeping, except for maybe serving as our alarm clock. Why not use that idle processing power during the night to help move scientific knowledge forward? That’s the idea behind Power Sleep, an Android app that lets users donate the services of their mobile device… read more