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Buddhist Singing Bowls Inspire New Tandem Solar Cell Design

Buddhist Singing Bowls Inspire New Tandem Solar Cell Design

The shape of a centuries-old Buddhist singing bowl has inspired a Canberra scientist to re-think the way that solar cells are designed to maximize their efficiency.

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Inside Google’s Secret Drone-Delivery Program

Posted by on August 31, 2014 in Futurism & Inspiring Inventions, Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Inside Google’s Secret Drone-Delivery Program

Google doesn’t just want to organize all the world’s information. Google wants to organize all the world.

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Robots to Replace White-Collar Jobs by 2035

Robots to Replace White-Collar Jobs by 2035

A report recently presented by the Pew Research Centre in the US predicts that professional roles such as doctors, lawyers and accountants could be replaced by artificial intelligence by the year 2025. This could have huge implications for a range of industries such as health care, transport and logistics. VoR’s Juliet Spare reports.

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Solar Decathlon: Sustainable Urban Housing Design

Solar Decathlon: Sustainable Urban Housing Design

A solar decathlon competition took place in Paris last weekend. Take a look at the inspiring prototype winners for sustainable housing!

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Watch: Double Sun System Discovered – Planets Orbiting Two Suns in Figure 8 Style

Watch: Double Sun System Discovered – Planets Orbiting Two Suns in Figure 8 Style

Planets orbiting double stars have been a favorite of science fiction writers. Until now, astronomers did not know that a double sunset like that made famous by the movie Star Wars was possible. The Kepler telescope is a game changer.

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Biomimicry Inspired Engineering Genius: Turning Air Into Water

Biomimicry Inspired Engineering Genius: Turning Air Into Water

An innovative device takes in above-soil air and cools it below ground, causing the water in the air to condense, for passive sub-surface drip irrigation.

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Technology to Experience Life in Another Person’s Body

Technology to Experience Life in Another Person’s Body

An unusual virtual reality device allows people to experience stepping into the skin of another person. Body swapping experiments are being conducted by a group of artists at the Be Another lab in Barcelona.

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We May Already Know How We Will Cure Death—But Should We?

Posted by on March 29, 2014 in Futurism & Inspiring Inventions, Sci-Tech, Science with 5 Comments
We May Already Know How We Will Cure Death—But Should We?

The quest for humans to live forever is elegantly laid out in “The Immortalists,” a new documentary making its away around the film festival circuit. The Immortalists follows the triumphs and tragedies of three years in the lives of William H. Andrews and Aubrey de Grey, two men who prove just as interesting as the work they’re doing. The Immortalists is really a film about death, not life, which is what makes it so fascinating. The goal of Andrews and de Grey is not merely to extend life, but to actually reverse the aging process. “Once we are really truly repairing things as fast as they go wrong, game over,” de Grey says in the film. “We will have the ability to live indefinitely.”

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Fearless Research: Science and Non-Duality

Fearless Research: Science and Non-Duality

Learn about the leading edge of scientific research into consciousness in this presentation by IONS scientist Cassandra Vieten

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Einstein’s ‘Spooky’ Theory May Lead to Ultra-Secure Internet

Einstein’s ‘Spooky’ Theory May Lead to Ultra-Secure Internet

“Spooky action at a distance” describes entanglement of particles separated at large distances and may be applied to ultra-secure message transmission.

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A Plan for Free, Global Access to the Internet

Posted by on February 27, 2014 in Futurism & Inspiring Inventions, Sci-Tech, Technology with 2 Comments
A Plan for Free, Global Access to the Internet

Computing devices still outnumber the people on this planet, but less than 40% of the global population has access to the Internet. Data is a costly commodity in many parts of the world. The Outernet is a plan to bridge the global information divide.

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