Five Technologies We’ll See In The Next 10 Years

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Step aside, solar power and 3D-printing — there are a few technologies who want a say in what the future might look like. Many researchers don’t expect 3D-printing to reach its full potential for the next 15 – 20 years, but we’ve started making major progress on how we manufacture things, and solar power has been around for decades. So what are the “next big things” you haven’t heard of yet? Here are five amazing technologies that’ll soon become as common as smartphones: 1. 4D-Printing It’s not 2D…it’s not even 3D…it’s the ultra amazing, super cool 4D! You’re probably thinking… 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

The UNICEF Tap Project Turns 10 Minutes Into Water

The UNICEF Tap Project Turns 10 Minutes Into Water

The United Nations Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, is an organization that began in 1946 in order to assist women and children in receiving basic nutritional and humanitarian services. There are a reported 768 million people worldwide who do not have enough water, according to UNICEF statistics. On a daily basis, 1,400 children lose their lives from diseases that are tied to a lack of clean water. UNICEF’s presence can be seen in countries all over the globe, where the organization has helped to provide sterile water and sanitation services. The UNICEF Tap Project is a nationwide fundraising event held by… 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

Synthia — The Synthetic Life Form

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In 2010, a breakthrough had been made in medical science. “Synthia”, as they called it, had been created. It was a synthetic life form that wasn’t quite synthetic, but heralded a new era of test-tube life forms. Here’s a quick video of one of the team’s scientists discussing their efforts at a TED talk: The reason the life form wasn’t 100% synthetic is because they created it using existing living cells. The process was guided by computer technology, which essentially takes the original cell and copies it. It’s a complicated process, but you can visit this link to view a… read more

By The Light Of The Wall

By The Light Of The Wall

Multiuse designs provide ideal pieces for efficiency minded spaces. Wall coverings add spark to a room, and don’t have to consist of just paint or wallpaper. Incorporating lighting into wall treatments is an original way to add a stylish and functional element to plain walls, and the following are a few ways designers are putting up the spotlight. The team at MeyStyle have experience in interactive design and theater that brings that extra something to their interior fabrications. They have combined lighting and wallpaper to come up with an interesting application. Softly illuminating decorations can be dimmed to create just the… read more

Seeds Of Wonder

Seeds Of Wonder

You don’t have to be an avid gardener to appreciate the sophisticated splendor of something as seemingly modest as a seed. The Seed Site provides a realm of information about the life of seeds. A compilation of botanical information, including instructional resources for harvesting, storage, germination and planting are covered. Identification descriptors and many other helpful materials are also offered. Helpful links answer advanced questions as well as the basics, like is it an annual or perennial? Educational tools for scientific and teacher resources are available like themed project supplies for making diagrams, templates, seed packets and identification cards. There is also… read more

How Modern Light Bulbs Have Evolved

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You’re visiting your grandmother’s house out in the plains of Kansas. There’s a storm brewing, and the weather service has announced a Tornado Warning for the area. Walking around the house shutting all the windows, you happen to notice that the sky has blackened. Looking up, you spot something ominous approaching — a deadly tornado! You quickly file everybody out of the house and into the storm cellar that sits beside the back porch. You cram the family down the narrows stairs and shut the cellar door behind you — you’re safe. You walk down the stairs and feel around… read more

Digital Medicine Of The Future

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We take medications for a variety of reasons — Doctor prescribed pills for diseases, illness, headaches, etc. Sometimes we don’t always follow the instructions, which can lead to further complications, or the illness not being treated properly. This in turn causes headaches for medical professionals, but puts more money into the pockets of pharma companies after you purchase even more meds to cure the illness. Some companies are working on digital pills that will send data back to your doctor with information such as how you’ve been using the medicine, how often you take it, how it’s working in your… read more

The SwingLab Puts Creativity In Motion

The SwingLab Puts Creativity In Motion

The SwingLab Modular Swing is an eye-catching new take on an old favorite. Remaking the porch swing into a versatile and upgraded design, it almost works like a puzzle. Pieced together to suit the swinger’s whim, the SwingLab’s modular and flexible design allows seating arrangements that can be moved to allow rocking, swaying, gliding and lounging. Handcrafted in the U.S. by southern native Andy Hilton, the swings are made in Jackson, Mississippi, where people are said to know a thing or two about porch swings. The seating portions are made from locally supplied cypress wood that is durable and naturally… read more