We live in a super-populated and polluted world. As the global population continues growing, the demand for more energy is becoming a pressing issue. And while burning coal and natural gas have long-been popular energy sources, the environment is suffering from their effects. But with the amazing innovation of a group of researchers at Michigan State University, energy may be becoming a cleaner, seamless part of life. Introducing: Transparent solar cell panels.Solar cells are cells that make energy by absorbing sunlight. Most commonly, these cells are the backbone of the technology behind [...]
Over the past few years, 3-D printing has gone from a figment of imagination to a full-blown reality. The first concepts consisted of printing small and trivial items, but its technology has since then been scaled up. Instead of printing basic items such as cups and bowls, science and technology are moving us towards large-scale, incredible items. Taking advantage of this tech niche are a team of engineers at MIT, who have successfully created a full-functioning, 3-D printing machine with the technology of construction robotics.
Engineers can simply place the robot in any open location, and [...]
Scientists in Antarctica have successfully planted and harvested crops without the use of sunlight or soil. The group of German scientists responsible for this discovery were exploring the idea of making it possible for astronauts to grow their own crops while on their missions in outer space with a process called aeroponic farming. They were finally successful in their attempts during an experiment at Germany’s Neumayer Station III in Antarctica.
This discovery is truly groundbreaking in the realm of sustainable farming. Not only can aerponic farming be beneficial to astronauts, but it[...]
Laser tattoo removals are relatively recent inventions, but they’re already about to be a thing of the past. Taking its place is the revolutionary new RAP tattoo removal system that uses rapid acoustic pulses to break up ink within the skin. Basically, tattoo ink is disturbed through sound waves, creating a less invasive, faster method for tattoo removal.This new technology is best known as the RAP system, or Rapid Acoustic Pulse. The device itself looks like a small wand, which is much less intimidating than the large laser machine currently used for removals. Plus, this new system [...]
Gardening takes precision and skill. Between maintenance, planting, and harvesting, not everyone is lucky enough to have a green thumb. But, that’s all about to change, thanks to the newest advancement in open-source agriculture: FarmBot.
You can probably tell by its name that the FarmBot is indeed a robot. However, it’s more than that; Its a state-of-the-art mechanical bot that is able to plant and monitor crops year round. Its patented technology allows for anyone to grow and harvest crops, all within the comfort of their homes. Plus, it’s able to be used on crops large and[...]
Every 10 minutes, a new name is added to the national transplant waiting list for a life-saving organ. While the waiting list is alarmingly large (about 115,000 people long), the more concerning factor is the failure rate of organ transplants. But, with the new medical breakthrough of decellularization, organ transplant failure rates have the potential to dramatically decrease, if not disappear.
Currently, the organ transplant process is lengthy and specific to the patient in need. The factors taken into consideration for organ donation are blood type, body size, severity of medical condition,[...]
Sportsart has created new sustainable treadmills that actually produce energy as gym-goers run on it. As the treadmill belt circulates with the runners’ steps, energy is produced by the micro-inverters within the machine.
Over 60 million Americans have gym memberships. When you consider all of the power it takes to run the equipment in gyms across the country for this many people, the numbers become astounding. Just a single treadmill uses 1.8 kilowatts per hour, which adds up when you consider that each gym uses roughly ⅓ of their space on cardio machines.
Not only do these [...]
Pet tech is really taking off, thanks to all of the innovative apps that make pet ownership a much less daunting task. Owning a pet isn't always the easiest, especially when you live in the heart of the city. Busy lifestyles and inexperience with pet ownership can be a recipe for disaster, but the rise of pet tech has brought about some insanely helpful apps that every dog owner should use.
From walking services to animal training software, these apps are completely changing the world of pet ownership. Gone all day at work? There's a sitter for that. Hate walking your dog in the rain? [...]
Car ownership isn't always glamorous. Between unexpected car troubles, rising gas prices, and monthly car insurance, your expenses can really add up, and fast. So for those on a budget, saving a few extra bucks here and there can really make a difference; Which is why pay per mile insurance is gaining popularity amongst drivers young and old.
Traditional car insurance requires payments monthly, semi-annually, or yearly. Typically, drivers can choose whichever payment plan works best for them, but there are definitely some downsides to these routine payment plans. Monthly car insurance payments[...]
Blood samples have always been regarded as efficient indicators of health, but with new applications of biometric skin patches, it turns out sweat is as well. Researchers at Northwestern University have discovered that sweat contains a significant amount of health information, from electrolyte content to biometric stats.
Sweat, or perspiration, is made up of water, salt, ammonia, urea, and sugar. Each person is born with roughly 2 to 4 million sweat glands, all of which become active after puberty. Sweat is easy to produce and collect, and is something that every human can create. Because of [...]
Researchers have discovered a remarkable new 10-minute cancer test that is much more accessible than current methods. With this test, the presence of cancer cells can be found in any part of the body, according to a new study published last week.
Each year, an estimated 1.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer in America alone. This doesn’t factor in the people who don’t even go to the clinic to be tested in the first place, due to a lack of medical insurance or other outstanding issues. With this staggering amount of people diagnosed annually, the appeal for a 10-minute cancer[...]
Electrified roads have just been introduced in Sweden. As more and more people are moving towards environmentally-friendly transportation, innovation in the electric vehicle sector is of growing importance. With over 2 million people driving electric vehiclesworldwide, the electric technology has a need to move forward with the demand.
Electric vehicles have gained massive popularity over the past few years, with companies such as Tesla and BMW rolling out some seriously impressive electric cars. While a growing number of people are ditching their gas cars, there’s still a concern over [...]
Plastic straws are soon to be a thing of the past, thanks to inventions like the Final Straw. As awareness of the damage caused by plastic straws grows, more and more people are demanding that they be banned in cities across the world. In America alone, we use over 500 million plastic straws per day. And where do the majority of plastic straws end up? Tossed carelessly in the trash, littered, not recycled, and ultimately, in the ocean.
When these straws (and other plastic waste) pollute our oceans, they break down into microplastics. These tiny particles of plastic are then ingested by [...]
You’ve seen their bikes, their scooters, and now, their cars. Lime is now rolling out their car-share service in multiple cities across America, starting in Seattle on December 10th. Introducing: LimePod.
Even just a few years ago, the concept of sharing cars with strangers would have seemed insane, if not impossible. The ability to pick up and drop off free-floating, un-owned cars all across the city hinted at madness. But, thanks to the rise of transportation tech and the innovation of companies like Lime, car-share services are becoming a commuter’s norm.
We’ve been using [...]
Bees are a vital part of our food sources. Nearly ⅓ of the food we eat is pollination-dependent, so bees really are essential to our ecosystem. But, new research is showing that our planet’s bee population is declining, which could disrupt our food sources in a catastrophic way. Luckily for us, not all hope is lost, thanks to the hundreds of people who have decided to take up at-home beekeeping.The bee population is in jeopardy. Mounting threats of environmental changes and exposure to pesticides are leading to a decline in bee population, which means more than unpollinated flowers. If[...]
Scientists have now discovered the medicinal potential of algae to regenerate skin. In Chile, scientists were able to engineer an artificial “skin” made out of microalgae. This algae skin could be the answer to the issue of patient skin graft rejection, and open the doors to many other successful medical procedures.
Skin grafts are necessary for a number of reasons, the most common being severe burns. Unfortunately, the success rate for skin grafts taking without rejection or infection is fairly low, coming in at about 50%. Specifically, the lower limb grafts have the most [...]
Photos of animals trapped in our plastic waste have swarmed the internet for years now, yet little has been done to change it. That is, until Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach, Florida, came up with the brilliant idea to make edible 6-pack rings for their beer. Instead of using traditional plastic rings, Saltwater Brewery is using their leftover materials to make an animal and eco-friendly alternative.
A recent study shows that an estimated 1 million birds and an additional 100,000 marine animals die each year from our plastic waste. These animals often mistake plastic waste for food, or [...]
A new plant-based protein, Lemnoideae, is revolutionizing the food industry. Also known as duckweed or water lentils, these plants are nutrient-rich and quickly replenish when harvested. With their ability to be grown with less water consumption than other plant protein sources, water lentils have the potential to become a huge player in the culinary industry.
Numerous startups are taking advantage of the possibilities and benefits of water lentils. Parabel, a Florida-based hydroponic producer, has created a proprietary system to grow and harvest water lentils. Their system provides the plants[...]
Vaporizing, waterless toilets have successfully been invented. Introducing these toilets to areas of extreme poverty across the world could make all the difference in the global sanitation crisis. Currently, it is estimated that 2.6 billion people worldwide don’t have access to toilets and the safe sanitation they provide. This leads to the spreading of dangerous diseases and infections from human waste contamination. Paired with the lack of medical resources in these impoverished regions, people are dying at alarming rates.
This month observes World Toilet Day on November 19th, a day [...]
Black Friday is just around the corner, and shoppers everywhere are preparing to fill their carts to the brim with the best buys of the year. But, this infamous day of consumerism isn’t what it used to be; Now, thanks to some pretty nifty apps, Black Friday doesn’t have to mean dragging your turkey-filled stomach to the mall at 1 am to get that flat screen TV you’ve been eyeing for months.With the rise of tech, Black Friday has somewhat turned into a week long event. In 2005, the only other comparable day of shopping was Cyber Monday, which has been known to generate over $5 [...]