University of Texas Professor John Goodenough along with Maria Helena Braga, a senior researcher from his department, have come up with a cheap, long-lasting, and powerful battery that is made of non-combustible components — meaning that your cell phone won’t explode in your pocket with this new battery.
Today, predicting the direction in which technology is heading is a lot easier than it was 65 years ago. Unfortunately, these advancements don’t always have the potential to benefit mankind, sometimes the opposite is true. Is our way of life, or indeed all of humanity, at risk from these dangers?
Should you present the innovative iPod and iPad to your children? Steve Jobs wouldn’t, and all things considered as well…
In the 1980s scientist, Benjamin Libet conducted an experiment. He ‘discovered’ that what seems to be free will or the conscious choice to do or not do something is really just the observance of something that has already happened. This completely rocked the foundations of what most thought of as a prerequisite for being human and the long-held religious view that free will must always be honored.
Sundrop Farms doesn’t rely on land to grow food. With the use of coconut husks, 23,000 mirrors to reflect and harvest solar energy, desalinated water and nearly 50,000 acres of land, the start-up has successfully developed a method for growing 17,000 tons of fresh food annually.
The modular floating farms are not a reality yet but the concept behind it is sustainable and highly necessary with the rapidly growing human population and the equally declining access to natural resources.
Based on the outcome of millions of video game sessions it monitored, the results indicate that as artificial intelligence becomes more complex, it is more likely to take extreme measures to ensure victory, including sabotage and greed.
The Bike Washing Machine encourages you to conserve energy and get fit while completing household tasks.
Saul Cunningham at the Australian National University in Canberra says that using drones to pollinate flowers is an intriguing idea but may not be economically feasible. “If you think about the almond industry, for example, you have orchards that stretch for kilometres and each individual tree can support 50,000 flowers,” he says. “So the scale on which you would have to operate your robotic pollinators is mind-boggling.”
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wants his automated grocery store to feature a ground level where shoppers can touch and physically select items — typical food products that people like to touch, beer, fruit, etc. On the second floor, a small army of robots toils away, where they furiously bag items for the customers browsing below. This is another example of how automation’s already rapid encroachment on the human job market has gone into overdrive.
The small-scale wind turbine can generate 5 kWh/kW per day — with only a one-time investment of US$750. So for the cost of an iPhone, you can go off-grid and power an entire household for a lifetime, even at low wind speeds.
The unique new design replicates the mechanism that allows hummingbirds to fly in one place with a wind turbine that moves in a figure 8 configuration. With two vertical axis wings made from carbon fiber (each 5.25 feet long), kinetic wind energy is converted into emissions-free electricity.
The discovery of the recent CRISPR means DNA altering has now caught up with human beings. Soon, we could see genetically modified human beings. In October 2016, we reported that a private biotechnology company in the United States, Editas Medicine is preparing to produce the first genetically modified human beings on Earth by 2017.
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