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Two students created a device that extinguishes fires with soundwaves

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What do fires and deep sounds have in common? Not much right now, but they might have a lot in the future.Two George Mason University students have designed a device that uses sound waves to put out fires, thus potentially eliminating the need for carrying around huge quantities of water and costly cleaning operations. Here’s how it works:

News, Renewable Energy, Technology

New Tesla Battery Could Take Your Home Off The Grid

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Tesla Motors are out to change the world – and they’re doing it fast, and in style. Like many other of their projects, this one seemed to pop up out of nowhere: Tesla have designed a battery that can power your home and even larger utility buildings. In other words – it could take your house out of the grid.

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Elon Musk announces Tesla will ‘end range anxiety’ tomorrow

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In a rather intriguing tweet, Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that he will end ‘range anxiety’ by the end of the week for the entire S series. The electric Tesla Model S is already able to travel up to 265 miles before its battery runs out of power – one of the longest driving ranges of any electric car currently on the market. Now, it seems they are preparing to take things even further.

News, Robotics

Meet the fastest robot in the world

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has funded a project which promises to become the quickest two-legged robot in the world. Using technology inspired from pogo sticks, the robot could be useful for getting in and out of areas too dangerous for human rescuers.

News, Pollution, Technology

Electric cars could cut oil imports 40% by 2030, says study

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Switching massively to electric cars could save UK drivers up to £1,000 a year on fuel costs, reducing oil imports by almost half by 2030; a similar trend could be replicated in other countries in Western Europe or in the US.

Health & Medicine, News

Love Hormone might help men lose weight

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A study conducted on a small number of men concluded that the “love hormone” oxytocin may reduce appetite, helping men lose weight….

News, Physics, Technology

UC Santa Barbara and Google Scientists create self-correctable quantum device

Mathematical representation of a qubit. Image credits: University of Strathclyde.

Scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and at Google reported on Wednesday in the journal Nature that they are one step closer to developing a true quantum computer – they have developed a quantum device the art of checking and correcting its own errors.

Health & Medicine, News

Full head transplant could take place in 2 years

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It’s pretty scary what modern medicine can do these days. Sergio Canavero of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group in Italy announced his intention to perform a full head transplant by 2015. He will put forth a proposal at a conference in the US so interested parties can get onboard and make suggestions for the procedure.

Nanotechnology, News, Technology

Superconductive nanowire hybrid fuses semiconductor and metal with atomic precision

Thomas Sand Jespersen and Peter Krogstrup, here seen in the laboratorie at the Center for Quantum Devices, Niels Bohr Institute, where the research in nanowire crystals are taking place. The nanowire crystals may lie the foundation for future electronics, such as quantum computation and solar cells. Credit: University of Copenhaga

A novel type of nanowire crystals was demonstrated by researchers at the University of Copenhagen that can fuse together both semiconductor and metallic materials with atomic precision at their interface. This way, nanowires and their electrical contacts have been fused in one hybrid material which might lay the foundation for the next generation of semiconductor electronics. A perfect fit In the…

Green Living, News, Technology

Bill Gates drinks water collected from poop to demo waste treating system

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More than 2.5 billion people around the world lack access to clean water, making them vulnerable to diseases. To help address this delicate world problem, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has funded Janicki Bioenergy to build the Omniprocessor – a self-contained system that processes nasty sludge and turns it into electricity, pathogen free ash and pure water. And to demonstrate how safe…