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13 January 2017

 - Imagine finding out what’s making you feel sick just by breathing. That idea is the goal of a new technology that researchers are saying can detect 17 different diseases just by “smelling” a patient’s breath.

The Na-Nose device has been compared to a breathalyzer, and according to a study published in the journal ACS Nano, it can determine whether someone has certain diseases with 86 percent accuracy. Those medical conditions include as varied as certain cancers, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and kidney disease, among others.

The device can distinguish between the diseases because it picks up on something called volatile organic compounds that the diseases cause to be emitted in a person’s breath. According to the researchers, the 17 conditions all resulted in 13 specific compounds being released, but each with their own pattern.

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10 April 2016

 - Bypassing regulations and corrupt laws, a new technology being investigated by three major companies has the potential to revolutionize the food industry by allowing consumers to scan their own food and determine what it is, exactly.

The scanner is tiny, as small as a grain of rice, and can fit in your smart phone.  It works by reading reflected light.  Certain chemicals (gluten, sugar, vitamin C, etc.) reflect different kinds of light and the machine can delineate, advising you as to what actually makes up the substance you are scanning.

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21 March 2015

 - Elon Musk is at it again. Next year the construction of an innovative, ultra-speed transportation system called Hyperloop will commence in central California. It is the world’s first supersonic overland transport system, with the ability to reach speeds up to 800 mph.

Like most other Musk-inspired creations, the Hyperloop concept seems like something straight out of the future.

To begin, the first 5-mile stretch Hyperloop system will begin construction in 2016 in a brand-new sustainable community called Quay Valley, located between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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10 December 2014

 - Generally, when scientists look to nature for inspiration, they look to environments that mimic what they’re trying to build. In the case of collecting water from air, that meant desert plants and animals — seeing what special structures they might have to harvest fog water. So it was surprising when a fog-collecting discovery came from a far wetter source: the beaks of shorebirds. And it could inspire a pretty radical redesign of fog collection devices.

The new beak-inspired fog collector consists of two plates that come together and then move apart, collecting and transporting deposited water droplets.

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12 October 2014

 - Texas company, Xenex has created a revolutionary germ-zapping robot that may help stop the spread of the Ebola virus.

The disinfecting robot goes by the name of “Little Moe” and is designed to eliminate viruses. “Little Moe” became commercially available in 2010 and is currently being used in 250 hospitals across the country.

The robot uses a Xenon bulb containing high-energy ultraviolet (UV-C) light and high intensity pulses to sanitize a room. In less than 5 minutes, the Xenon-filled bulb can kill 99.9% of dangerous viruses.

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13 March 2014

- Two Brazilian inventors claim to have invented a free energy device and are now selling this device to the public in the Brazilian city of Imperatriz, Maranhão.

The device is called the Earth Electron Captor Generator, or “GERADOR CAPTOR DE ELÉTRONS DA TERRA” in Portuguese.

The device requires a small amount of initial input power to initiate the movement of a sensor, which then produces over-unity power. The device is small, which means it can be used to power vehicles, homes, and businesses.  The site claims the input power needed to run it is around 2% of its output power.

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31 October 2013

 - Residents of a remote village nestled in a steep-sided valley in southern Norway are about to enjoy winter sunlight for the first time ever thanks to giant mirrors.

The mountains that surround the village of Rjukan are far from Himalayan, but they are high enough to deprive its 3,500 inhabitants of direct sunlight for six months a year.

That was before a century-old idea, as old as Rjukan itself, was brought to life: to install mirrors on a 400-metre (437-yard) high peak to deflect sunrays towards the central square.

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PEC-MFC-300.jpg13 October 2013

 - A novel device that uses only sunlight and waste-water to produce hydrogen gas could provide a sustainable energy source while improving the efficiency of waste-water treatment.

A research team at the University of California, Santa Cruz, developed the solar-microbial device, which combines a microbial fuel cell (MFC) and a type of solar cell called a photoelectrochemical cell (PEC). In the MFC component, bacteria degrade organic matter in the waste-water, generating electricity in the process. The biologically generated electricity is delivered to the PEC component to assist the solar-powered splitting of water (electrolysis) that generates hydrogen and oxygen.

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2 August 2013

susanne_posel_news_ 4454-water-chip - Chemists have devised a method of using a small electrical field that will remove the salt from seawater. Incredibly this technique requires little more than a store-bought battery.

“Most current methods for desalinating water rely on expensive and easily contaminated membranes. The membrane-free method we’ve developed still needs to be refined and scaled up, but if we can succeed at that, then one day it might be possible to provide fresh water on a massive scale using a simple, even portable, system.”

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8 July 2013

 - A young designer's new take on the plaster cast is a 3D-printed brace that follows the contours of the arm.

Though still just a concept, Evill’s Cortex will be an injury-localized exoskeleton that is lightweight, washable, ventilated and recyclable. Not bad for a school project.

The young designer began by researching the structure of the bone. He found that the trabecular, the tiny lattice-shaped structures that form the inner tissue of a bone, to be the perfect inspiration.

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24 May 2013

 - You can just stick this portable outlet to your window to start using solar power!

So far we have seen solutions that act as a solar battery backup, but none as a direct plug-in. Simple in design, the plug just attaches to any window and does its job intuitively.

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26 April 2013

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 - 19-year-old Boyan Slat has unveiled plans to create an Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans.

The device consists of an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the world.

It is estimated that the clean-up process would take about five years, and it could greatly increase awareness about the world’s plastic garbage patches.

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