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‘Air’ Batteries Could Energize Evs

via Discovery News | Fri July 20, 2012
Researchers in the UK say they have made a key step in development of a lithium-air battery, a device that promises three to five times as much energy per unit mass as the existing lithium-ion batteries that we use in our consumer devices and electric vehicles.

Portugal commissions world’s first Nissan Leaf electric car police fleet

via GizMag | Mon July 16, 2012
Portugal's Police has put the world's first Nissan Leaf police car fleet on the streets. The eight-car fleet will help PSP in its goal to reduce its carbon footprint.

Vaccine and antibiotics stabilized so refrigeration is not needed

via Intern Daily | Thu July 12, 2012
Researchers have developed a new silk-based stabilizer that will provide a new avenue toward eliminating the need to keep some vaccines and antibiotics refrigerated, which could save billions of dollars every year and increase accessibility to third world populations.

Experimental headlight system can see through rain and snow

via GizMag | Fri July 06, 2012
Driving at night in falling rain or snow can be treacherous, but not just because the asphalt is slippery – visibility is also greatly reduced, as the driver’s view of the road ahead is obscured by brightly headlight-lit raindrops or snowflakes. In the future, however, that may not be so much of a problem. A team led by Carnegie Mellon University’s Prof. Srinivasa Narasimhan has developed an experimental headlight system that renders most foreground precipitation virtually invisible, while still adequately illuminating the road beyond.

Watch: Harvard And MIT Create EdX To Offer Free University Courses To The World

Story contains video via Huffington Post | Wed June 20, 2012
One of the America’s most prestigious universities is offering free online courses to anyone in world, providing they have an Internet connection.

New battery technology would triple the range of electric cars

Washington State University researchers have developed a new technology that could triple the capacity of lithium-ion batteries, which as anyone who owns a cell phone or laptop knows, can be frustratingly limiting. Led by Grant Norton, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, the researchers have filed patents on the nanoscale-based technology, which also allows the batteries to re-charge many more times and more quickly than current models. They expect to bring it to the market within a year.

Scientists recruit aerial drones to combat illegal logging

Story contains video via Wall Street Daily | Mon May 21, 2012
A new aerial surveillance system to protect forests and endangered species in remote parts of the world is being pioneered by a pair of ecologists in Switzerland. The researchers have designed and built their own flying drone that can capture evidence of illegal activity on film.

Light-powered bionic eye invented to help restore sight

Story contains video via BBC | Mon May 14, 2012
A retinal implant - or bionic eye - which is powered by light has been invented by scientists at Stanford University in California.

Share your status – and your lungs. Facebook tool promotes organ donation

via CNN | Wed May 02, 2012
Facebook on Tuesday unveiled an initiative to use the vast social network to connect organ donors with people who need life-saving transplants.

Bar Codes Apps Allow Consumers To Make Socially Conscious Choices

Story contains video via Triple Pundit | Fri April 27, 2012
Consumers are becoming more socially conscious. A Nielsen survey released in March found that 46 percent of global consumers are willing to pay extra for products and services from companies that have implemented sustainability programs.

Saving Right Whales? There’s an app for that.

via Discovery News | Thu April 12, 2012
A new app relies on whale calls to help mariners avoid hitting endangered right whales.

New technologies detect seizures, and could possibly even eliminate them

Story contains video via GizMag | Thu April 12, 2012
Seizures can be very scary experiences for people who suffer from them, especially since they may sometimes result in the need for medical attention. Now, however, two new technologies may be able to help.

Floating wind turbines to produce low cost renewable energy

Story contains video via GizMag | Wed March 28, 2012
Altaeros Energies have created a floating wind turbine that produces low cost, renewable energy.

Device invented that can detect infectious disease in minutes

via Terra Daily | Mon March 19, 2012
Infectious diseases can spread very rapidly, so quickly identifying them can be crucial to stopping an epidemic. However, current testing for such diseases can take hours and days. But not for much longer.

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