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February 27, 2017

Dousing Flames with Low-Frequency Sound Waves

A new type of extinguisher that uses sound waves to put out fires has been built by two engineering students in the US. Both chemical- and water-free, the invention offers a relatively non-destructive method of fire control, which could find applications in fighting small fires in the home, and the researchers now hold a preliminary patent application for their device.

While the concept of using sound waves to extinguish flames is not new, previous attempts to realize the principle – including efforts by teams at West Georgia University and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) – had not been successful.

Undeterred by this, as well as initial [...]

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February 14, 2017

‘Human Cruise Control’ Uses Electrodes to Steer People in the Right Direction

"Human cruise control" may be the future of navigation, freeing us from latching our eyes at our smartphones for directions and, instead, concentrating on the journey.
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February 12, 2017

A Solution to Traffic Congestion and Aging Infrastructure

Ever wonder what the “use-by date” is for bridges in your city. In the U.S. alone there are over 68,000 bridges classified as “structurally deficient.” The American Society of Civil Engineers in their latest Report Card for America’s Infrastructure gave a “D+” to U.S. road and aviation infrastructure.

 

That may explain why 42% of America’s major urban highways remain congested, costing the U.S. economy an estimated $101 billion in wasted time and fuel annually. And pollution wasn’t even factored into the equation.

 

How much capital would be needed to significantly improve U.S. road conditions? About $170 billion, according to the Federal Highway [...]
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July 2, 2015

Charge Your Devices While You Peddle

Generating electricity with a bicycle seems like a natural combination: tap some of the energy that goes into turning the wheels and convert it to power to light your way. Miami startup Spinetics takes that idea to the next level with the CydeKick, a generator that not only powers lights, but also charges USB devices such as phones, cameras and GPS units on the fly.

At the same time, the generating process has been improved to cause less drag on the wheels.

The Cydekick Pro consists of a wheel-mounted generator and a handlebar-mounted headlight and USB charging unit, all of which can be installed by the user. An optional taillight accessory is available as well. The [...]

 
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June 1, 2015

DRIVE, EARN PLAY: Rewards for Not Texting

Texting while driving is a growing pain worldwide, which results in more and more car accidents. SafeDrive app rewards drivers for not using their smartphone when driving. With the earned points, the drivers can buy products with discounts. Drivers get discounts, companies get clients, the world gets safer roads.

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June 1, 2015

Talkitt by Voiceitt Wins the Edison Gold Winner Award for Verbal Communications

Talkitt is the winner of the 2015 Edison Gold Award for Verbal Communication. It is the only solution that enables people who have speech disabilities due to motor, speech and language disorders to easily communicate using their own voice. The Voice2Voice application translates unintelligible pronunciation into understandable speech and runs on any mobile or wearable device allowing the person to communicate freely, anywhere.

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May 31, 2015

Solar Impulse Takes Off on Longest Leg of Round-the-World Flight

With Swiss pilot André Borschberg at the controls, the solar-powered, single-pilot Solar Impulse 2 airplane took off from Nanjing Lukou Airport in China today bound for Hawaii on the longest leg of its round-the-world flight.

This isn’t just a major leg of the Solar Impulse 2 solar-powered circumnavigation, it is also an attempt at the longest duration flight ever by a solo pilot in any type of aircraft. Confined to his cockpit not much larger than a first class airline seat, Borschberg will be in the air for 130 hours, or about five nights, as he flies 8,172 km (5,078 mi) on his way to the Hawaiian Islands. During this time, he will be in constant contact with [...]

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April 8, 2015

Nanotechnology to the rescue: Replacing chemical disinfectants with engineered water nanostructures

The burden of foodborne diseases worldwide is huge, with serious economic and public health consequences. The CDC estimates that each year in the USA approximately 48 million people get sick, 128,000 get hospitalized and 3,000 die from the consumption of food contaminated with pathogenic microorganisms. The food industry is in search of effective intervention methods that can be applied from 'farm to fork' to ensure the safety of the food chain and be consumer and environment friendly at the same time. In the food industry, chemicals are routinely used to clean and disinfect product contact surfaces as well as the outer surface of the food itself. These chemicals provide a necessary and [...]
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April 8, 2015

Nanotechnology Platform Shows Promise for Treating Pancreatic Cancer

Scientists at UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute and Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have combined their nanotechnology expertise to create a new treatment that may solve some of the problems of using chemotherapy to treat pancreatic cancer.
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April 8, 2015

Robots Unleashed: 4 Reasons We’re Not Doomed

Protesters are criticizing the economic and social impact of robots. Doomsayers are likening the AI revolution to the end times. Here's why they're mistaken.
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April 8, 2015

Jumbo Robotic Ants Could Be Factory Workers of the Future

German engineers have designed robotic ants that, like real ants, work as a team to accomplish a task in the most efficient manner possible.
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