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Increasing the wind power harnessing efficiency – VIEG

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments21 June 2009

wind turbineClean, renewable energy is freely available – in the form of wind, sun, water and potential other forms we haven’t discovered yet. However, harnessing the energy with reliability and in a cost-effective manner remains a barrier. Wind power is one of the fastest growing alternative energy markets and researchers all over the world are developing… »

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Nanotechnology puts an end to toxic whole-body chemoterapy?

By Damir Beciri
19 June 2009

nanoparticle-chemotherapyNanoparticles specially engineered by J. Manuel Perez and his colleagues from University of Central Florida, could someday target and destroy tumors as well as spare the patients from toxic, whole-body chemotherapies. Perez and his team used a drug called Taxol for their cell culture studies because it is one of the most widely used chemotherapeutic… »

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Great HDTV videos from Japan’s lunar explorer KAGUYA

By Damir Beciri
One Comment14 June 2009

kaguyaKAGUYA (SELENE: SELenological and ENgineering Explorer) is Japan’s first large lunar explorer which was launched by the H-IIA rocket on September 14, 2007. Its mission regarding lunar exploration has been keenly anticipated by many countries as it represents the largest lunar exploration project since the Apollo program. The lunar missions that have been conducted so… »

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Manipulating light on a chip for quantum technologies

By Damir Beciri
13 June 2009

photonic-entangled-statesA team of physicists and engineers at Bristol University has demonstrated exquisite control of single photons on a silicon chip to make a major advance towards quantum technologies, including super-powerful quantum computers and ultra-precise measurements. Jeremy O’Brien, Director of the Centre for Quantum Photonics at the Bristol University, who led the research, has demonstrated precise… »

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Biomimicry could help development of self-cleaning materials

By Rob Aid
One Comment10 June 2009

dropletHumans have always wondered how water beads roll off flowers, as well off caterpillars and some other insects, and how insects like water striders are able to walk on water. It’s a property called super hydrophobia. Self-cleaning counter tops, fabrics, walls, even micro-robots that can walk on water – all those things and more could… »

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Light bulb wars – South Korea makes a move with OLED

By Damir Beciri
9 June 2009

oled-by-etriOver 50% of the world light bulb market is covered by old, energetically and environmentally unfriendly incandescent light bulbs. EU energy ministers met in Luxembourg back in 2008 in order to give a final approval to an EU-wide ban on incandescent light bulbs that should begin in 2010. There are many alternative technologies as white-light… »

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SolaMate saves energy spent on home temperature regulation

By Damir Beciri
8 June 2009

solamate.jpgSpace heating and cooling represent the most significant proportion of present home energy needs. There are some projects related to the new forms of architecture which should drastically change the process of temperature regulation in order make it more natural and environmentally friendly. We will write about those projects in our future articles. This article… »

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Femtosecond laser creates metal that can defy gravity

By Damir Beciri
5 June 2009

university-rochester-metal-slab-pumps-water-uphill.jpgIn nature, trees pull vast amounts of water from their roots up to their leaves through capillary action, but now scientists at the University of Rochester have created a simple slab of metal that lifts liquid using the same principle – but does so at a speed that would make nature envious. The technology could be… »