Look, It’s One of Those Flying Jellyfish Robots!

Scientists have drawn inspiration from the ocean by creating a flying “jellyfish” robot in order to rethink flying technology. Leif Ristroph and other colleagues at New York University have created a winged prototype that moves like the aquatic creature. This particular design is more stable in air than any other insect-modeled counterpart. The frame is…

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Introducing the Self-Healing Battery

Self-healing battery electrodes are an exciting development for lithium ion based products. Scientists at Stanford University’s SLAC laboratory have developed electrodes that are able to heal the small cracks in silicon that come from repetitive battery operation, as reported in the Nov. 19th issue of Nature Chemistry. Silicon electrodes are a prized commodity for charging and…

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The Rise of Soft Robotics

One of the more difficult challenges soft robotics aim to fix is the inflexibility of robot technology. Jointed robots are interrupted if conditions impede their performance. For better versatility, researchers are creating robots inspired by invertebrates such as octopuses and earthworms. While they would be slower and weaker than their counterparts, pliable automatons are adaptable,…

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Memories With Maya

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1482514885″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51KTlyRNtfL._SL160_.jpg” width=”105″]There are books that pump high octane into my optimistic cylinders and get me revved up for the future. Memories With Maya (MwM) is one of them and it sat on my Kindle for far too long. I have had the privilege of being on futurist panels and chatting…

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DrawBraille Future Smartphone For The Blind

DrawBraille may be the future smartphone for the visually impaired.  This concept by designer Shikun Sun reminds me of something  John F. Kennedy once said “A rising tide will lift all boats.”  This is a perfect example of how technology will improve our lives. The DrawBraille phone is made up of two sides and offers a rich…

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Subway-Generated Heat Could Power Your Home

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1568983557″ locale=”us” height=”75″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61zkmYzNAWL._SL75_.jpg” width=”74″]Subway-generated heat sets a great precedence for future public transit developments and energy efficiency at home. The sweltering heat that accompanies the comings and goings of London’s Northern Line will be put to use by powering up to 500 homes in the Islington borough. The power plant, Bunhill Heat…

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Infrared Vision May Pave the Way for X-Ray

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B003AUF1XI” locale=”us” height=”75″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41J1H28SZcL._SL75_.jpg” width=”75″]New research on infrared vision could pave the way to ultimately realizing science fiction’s fabled X-ray vision as a viable technology. A research team from the University of Buffalo has found a way to see through multiple layers of graphene sheets in order to identify the electronic properties of…

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Grand Cancun Eco Island to Open in 2020 for City’s 50th Anniversary

The eco island is the next step in noninvasive architecture that actively improves the environment. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Cancun’s development into a worldwide tourist destination, designer Richard Moreta Castillo has envisioned the Grand Cancun eco-complex, expected to be completed in 2020.   The island’s concept was inspired by Cancun’s Mayan translation, ‘nest…

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Bloom is the Oceanic Farm of the Future

Oceanic farms are the way we will address global warming, solve our upcoming water shortage, and protect our interests in the future. Designed by the Paris-based company Sitbon Architectes, Bloom is a futuristic submersible farm that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by cultivating phytoplankton. Bloom will also be able to convert salt water into…

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