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Novel solar-microbial device harnesses sun and sewage to produce hydrogen

By Maja Bosanac
13 October 2013

hanyu-wang-300Collaboration between researchers at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) and researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) resulted in development of a solar-microbial device that produces hydrogen gas and electricity using sunlight and wastewater as the only energy sources. By combining solar and microbial technology, it provides a sustainable energy source while improving… »

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TransWall – transparent glass as interpersonal communication medium

By Maja Bosanac
10 October 2013

transwall-1A group of researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a novel multi-sensory game media named “TransWall”, which utilizes both sides of the transparent glass wall as the touch medium. It enables people to see, hear, or even touch other people through the wall while enjoying gaming and interpersonal… »

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Paper Generators – low-tech and inexpensive way to harvest energy from friction

By Damir Beciri
9 October 2013

paper-generator-1Researchers at Disney Research, Pittsburgh and at Carnegie Mellon University recently presented a simple system that could be used to harvest power of different gestures performed onto a paper surface. Named Paper Generator, the system exploits gestures such as tapping, touching, rubbing or sliding friction in order to run simple interactive applications involving books, posters… »

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Building Atomic Force Microscope with 3D printing, electronics and LEGO

By Damir Beciri
6 October 2013

lego2nano-working-on-afm-232 young scientists and designers from China and the UK took a challenge to take a week to develop a new type of low-cost scanning probe microscope, powerful enough to study the nano world. The world’s first low cost Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) has been developed in Beijing by an international group of students using… »

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Lasers test potable water automatically on the spot

By Maja Bosanac
5 October 2013

tap-water-glassResearchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have used a quantum cascade laser, a particular type of infrared laser, in analysis equipment that can automatically test samples of drinking water for contaminants. This technology analyzes water samples at the waterworks itself, and it needs only a couple of minutes to determine whether water contains any impurities and… »

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TU Delft students beat the world record for electric car acceleration

By Damir Beciri
One Comment4 October 2013

dut12-1_1Back in the year 2000, a team consisting out of students mainly from the faculties of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) joined Formula Student – a testing ground where students develop racing vehicles. The project evolved through time and DUT Racing team recently managed to break the… »

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World record solar cell with 44.7 percent efficiency

By Damir Beciri
1 October 2013

fraunhofer-solar-cell-record-1Engineers at the Fraunhofer Institute, Soitec, CEA-Leti and the Helmholtz Center Berlin joined forces to achieve a new world record for the conversion of sunlight into electricity. Using a new solar cell structure with four solar subcells, they managed to set a new record efficiency of 44.7% was measured at a concentration of 297 suns… »

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Reusing CDs to clean sewage water

By Maja Bosanac
One Comment25 September 2013

photocatalytic-diskA group of researchers at National Taiwan University, National Applied Research Laboratories in Taiwan, and the Research Center for Applied Sciences in Taiwan have found a potential novel use for old music CDs. They coated disks with zink oxide (ZnO) nanorods that can function as a photocatalyst, a substance which can promote the reaction without… »