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ÖKO Odyssey 6-in-1 bottle filters water and shines light

ÖKO ODYSSEY™ is a multifunctional water bottle with a universal appeal. It can be used everyday as well in special circumstances. With two filtration levels it allows access to clean water in most parts of the world. It includes a flashlight adapter for finding your path and a lantern to light up a room or a tent. To these, we also added an 8oz container for food which doubles as a...

Volvo Cars conducts research into driver sensors in order to create cars that get to know their drivers

Through systems that can recognise and distinguish whether a driver is tired or inattentive, the car of the future can become even safer. Examples of this include technology that detect closed eyes or what the driver is looking at. “This will enable the driver to be able to rely a bit more on their car, and know that it will help them when needed,” explains Per Landfors, engineer at...

Scientists build thinnest-possible LEDs to be stronger, more energy efficient

Most modern electronics, from flat-screen TVs and smartphones to wearable technologies and computer monitors, use tiny light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. These LEDs are based off of semiconductors that emit light with the movement of electrons. As devices get smaller and faster, there is more demand for such semiconductors that are tinier, stronger and more energy efficient. University of Washington...

A majority prefers letting computers decide

When individuals engage in risky business transactions with each other, they may end up being disappointed. This is why they'd rather leave the decision on how to divvy up jointly-owned monies to a computer than to their business partner. This subconscious strategy seems to help them avoid the negative emotions associated with any breaches of trust. This is the result of a study by scientists...

Infrared: A new renewable energy source?

When the sun sets on a remote desert outpost and solar panels shut down, what energy source will provide power through the night? A battery, perhaps, or an old diesel generator? Perhaps something strange and new. Physicists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) envision a device that would harvest energy from Earth’s infrared emissions into outer space. Heated by...

New type of ‘ultracold’ molecule ideal for quantum computing

Purdue University researchers have created a new type of “ultracold” molecule, using lasers to cool atoms to about one thousandth of degree above absolute zero using lasers and then gluing them together, a technology that might be applied to quantum computing, precise sensors, and advanced simulations. At these temperatures, atoms are brought to a near standstill, making possible new...

Compost islands proposed for New York

New York City produces over 14 Million tons of trash every year with most of it trucked long-haul to out-of-state landfills. In a typical year, we spends more than $300 million dollars on trash transport while incurring a hefty environmental bill along the way. We send trucks millions of miles every year, creating traffic, noise pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions. All of this so that our...

Creating a Graphene-Metal Sandwich to Improve Electronics

Researchers have discovered that creating a graphene-copper-graphene “sandwich” strongly enhances the heat conducting properties of copper, a discovery that could further help in the downscaling of electronics. The work was led by Alexander A. Balandin, a professor of electrical engineering at the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside and Konstantin...

Tungsten diselenide shows potential for ultrathin, flexible, semi-transparent solar cells

It does not get any thinner than this: The novel material graphene consists of only one atomic layer of carbon atoms and exhibits very special electronic properties. As it turns out, there are other materials too, which can open up intriguing new technological possibilities if they are arranged in just one or very few atomic layers. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology have now...

Volvo Car Group tests road magnets for accurate positioning of self-driving cars

Volvo Car Group has completed a research project using magnets in the roadway to help the car determine its position. The research, which has been financed in strategic co-operation with the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket), is a potential key to the implementation of self-driving vehicles. Reliable and highly accurate positioning is one of the crucial issues in the development of...

Blue Diversion toilet is flushed with success

The Blue Diversion Toilet is attractive and easy to use, and suitable for both washers and wipers. It provides safe running water 24/7 and is designed for 50 uses per day (~10 users). The toilet presents a next generation model of the urine diverting dehydrating toilet (UDDT), which is usually not very popular among users, especially amongst washers. The Blue Diversion Toilet was amended with a...

Soft robotic fish moves like the real thing

Soft robots — which don’t just have soft exteriors but are also powered by fluid flowing through flexible channels — have become a sufficiently popular research topic that they now have their own journal, Soft Robotics. In the first issue of that journal, out this month, MIT researchers report the first self-contained autonomous soft robot capable of rapid body motion: a “...

More secure communications thanks to quantum physics

One of the recent revelations by Edward Snowden is that the U.S. National Security Agency is currently developing a quantum computer. Physicists aren't surprised by this news; such a computer could crack the encryption that is commonly used today in no time and would therefore be highly attractive for the NSA. Professor Thomas Walther of the Institute of Applied Physics at the Technical...