Technology

Surge Drive leads the world in harnessing ocean wave energy

April 21, 2010 / No Comments

In our efforts to ply technology in some of the toughest conditions to somehow fulfill our in-satiated energy cravings, we have redefined the entire concept of farming. Australia’s AquaGen has set up plans to establish ‘Wave Farms’ that deliver renewable ocean energy.

DARPA has Plans for a Flying, Transforming Car

April 15, 2010 / No Comments

DARPA is no stranger to quirky projects, and their "Transformer TX" program isn't far off the mad science mark, though we must concede that it sounds quiet awesome. To be precise, the program intends to create a military vehicle, a car that would be able to fly and have some "Transformer" capabilities.

Robot Nomadic Plant Feeds Off Polluted Water

April 12, 2010 / No Comments

It appears plants are turning into cyborgs, well, they do seem to have picked up a thing about movement. The work of Mexican artist Gilberto Esparza, these Nomadic Plants or Planta Nomada has robotic legs to help it move.

MIT Students Create Fuel Saving, Battery Charging Shock Absorbers

March 29, 2010 / No Comments

Shock absorbers hold the responsibility of giving you a comfortable ride without allowing irregularity of the roads to trouble you. The movement of shocks could be a source of energy for vehicles, but so far any practical applications of the same have remained elusive. That part though, shouldn't be much of a problem with the GenShock developed by Massachusetts Institute ...

Tiny Desalination Device Cleans Water, Isn’t Energy Hungry

March 25, 2010 / No Comments

The oceans are a vast reserve of water, but the costs associated with desalination are always a deterrent. That the process is energy hungry doesn't make things better in the least. Scientists at MIT though, may have a solution in a tiny package. Scientists have developed a small device, about the same size as a postage stamp, and have managed ...

Natural Gas Flaring Could be Used to Generate Energy

March 16, 2010 / No Comments

A lot of natural gas is just burnt away, without serving any meaningful purpose whatsoever. The flares are a common sight on many such installations. In 2005, it was estimated that nearly 0.5% of the CO2 emissions from fossil fuels come from natural gas flaring. Today, it may be enough to power Germany. This natural gas could be put to ...

Smart Energy Glasses Generate Energy, Stay Smart

March 15, 2010 / 2 Comments

The Smart Energy Glasses from Dutch company Peer+ make a lot of sense, they give you the desired privacy, and they generate energy. Also, they don't look like ugly or other-worldly appendages on your windows. With these glasses in place, you can do away with the need for curtains and blinds, and simply adjust the settings of the glasses to ...

New Material Could Replace Lead in Electronics

March 8, 2010 / No Comments

Lead has been a major concern of environmentalists lately - many efforts have been put into getting rid of it in the development of electronics, and it's certainly quite a problem. The metal pollutes the soil, as well as ground water tables, and this is due to the disposal of electronics in landfills. Not to mention that it's a toxic ...

IBM Becomes the First Company to Stop the use of two toxic compounds

March 5, 2010 / No Comments

The way things stand, most of our gadgets have toxic compounds, and manufacturing them includes the use of more toxic compounds. Many companies have made conscious attempts to eliminate these toxins but there has been little success. And that is exactly why IBM deserves kudos for eliminating the use of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) compounds from the ...

New Concept Paints Your Ceiling in Light

March 5, 2010 / No Comments

Lighting has always been a major issue when it comes to conserving energy. The currently used methods all have their disadvantages in some way, and the biggest one seems to be related to placement - you're fairly limited in moving your lights around after placing them.