Pollution-Eating Sidewalk Devours Bad Air

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Yes, the pun absolutely was intended. Silly jokes aside, a test in the Netherlands resulted in the creation of a pavement coating that actually reduces pollution nearly by half. For the past year, researchers have been fooling around with the idea that pavement can be used to solve the smog problem plaguing most major cities. The experimentation took place in Hengelo, Netherlands. Concrete blocks smothered in titanium oxide removed 19% of pollution NO and NO2 during the time period of a day, and up to 45% of pollution during the period of a day with normal weather patterns, such as… read more

Free Online Portal Provides Global GHG Data

Free Online Portal Provides Global GHG Data

Making sense of the huge amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data from around the world can be a daunting task, but a new online portal aims to make that information more accessible and easy to use. The Climate Analysis Indicators Tool, or CAIT 2.0, from the World Resources Institute (WRI) has data on the GHG emissions from all 50 US states, as well as 186 other countries, and lets users sort, view, download, or visualize the data sets for further analysis or comparison. “Through its powerful yet simple and easy-to-use online interface, CAIT 2.0 is designed to help users… read more

If You Like Butterflies…

If You Like Butterflies…

Then you will appreciate knowing they are being accessed for some scientific inspiration. The nature born wing technology of the butterfly has actually been studied – and replicated – for use in human designs with elements of biomimicry. In 2009, a group of researchers found that scales on the wings actually act as onboard solar collectors, productively collecting light. Imitating the scales as a model they successfully advanced the way solar cells that are sensitive to dye were able to gather and store light. The wings of the Swallowtail butterfly were examined due to interest in how their fairly flat… read more

From Quiet Achiever To The World Solar Challenge

From Quiet Achiever To The World Solar Challenge

What’s more fun that racing around a solar powered vehicle? How about a race that involves 47 teams of them from 26 countries in a world solar and electric car competition that is the largest of its kind in the world? The World Solar Challenge is a global event that was initially the idea of Hans Tholstrup, who built a solar vehicle called the Quiet Achiever. In 1982 he took his handcrafted vessel on a drive from the west through the east of Australia. Not wanting to contain the fun and challenge of building a solar car, he enticed others… read more

Weird Solar Science

Weird Solar Science

A few years back a sort of strange solar nanotechnology was being tossed about. A new kind of way to use solar cells that doesn’t involve a regular panel display was being looked at to recharge batteries. Researchers at Shanghai, China’s Donghua University and a company in Potsdam, Germany called the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces, examined how to power up batteries inside implanted objects with photovoltaic cells. They found that this can actually be done by concentrating a specialized infrared laser beam through the skin. By implementing uncommon upconverting nanophosphors from the earth that can soak in… read more

Send Your Own Tiny Spacecraft to the Moon

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For those of us who grew up in the heyday of the space race, nothing was more exciting than imagining that someday we would be able to take a more active role in space exploration. But that dream never came about, and space travel still remains the province of elite scientists and the wealthy. Unless you’ve got a Pocket Spacecraft, that is. Now, just about anyone can take part in the citizen science movement with their very own personalized spacecraft, which will hitch a ride on a commercial rocket and be deployed to land on the moon. “Pocket Spacecraft are… read more

Famous Scientists On The Environment

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We’ve written about famed entrepreneurs who do their part for the environment, and now it’s time to look towards the intellectual world for solutions on our planet’s many problems. From climate change, to space travel, to farming, and even the singularity, these brilliant minds share their ideas on how to save us from ourselves. Ray Kurzweil: The famed thinker recently gave an interview with The Futurist, and shared his thoughts on several issues, one of which was the problem of declining fossil fuels. Kurzweil believes that we need to look to nanotechnology for the solution. It’s a low-cost alternative to… read more

No Looking Back To The Moon

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It’s hard to imagine that over 40 years have passed since we put a man on the moon. Our lunar cousin beckons for us to return, though the prospect of such a mission has all but been shot down permanently by NASA. According to the space agency, we need to keep our priorities straight. Our finances aren’t as endless as some would like to believe. NASA’s Charles Bolden stated that if the next presidential administration reverses this decision and pursues a manned mission to the moon, we may never leave our planet. Just let that sink in for a moment…. read more

The Solar Powered Tank

Student-built solar powered tank

Watch this solar-powered tank as it explores Greenland. Created by students of Goddard engineering bootcamp, a future iteration will eventually be used by NASA to study climate change phenomenon…

DIY Wireless Electricity Project

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We’ve written about wireless electricity in the recent past, and explained how we, and many in the tech industry, believe that the not-too-distant future will be dominated by this technology. Gone will be the days of dealing with rattails of wiring from our PC’s, game systems, lamps, chargers, etc. Instead, wireless induction coils will power our gadgets for a more efficient, eco-friendly transfer of energy. Summer is a time for fun and enjoyment and for families, it’s a time to spend with children and teach them important lessons about life. Consider a garage project with electromagnets, such as this one… read more