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American Scientists Make Great Leap in Battery Technology

via New York Times | Fri March 02, 2012
Envia Systems, a battery maker based in California, announced on Monday what it called a “major breakthrough” in lithium-ion cell technology that would result in a significant increase in the energy density — and a sharp reduction in the cost — of lithium-ion battery packs

New system could eventually ‘eliminate’ batteries

via Deccan Chronicle | Wed February 22, 2012
Researchers at the University of Bedfordshire have developed a technique for powering electronic devices using only radio waves, which they claim could eventually eliminate the need for conventional batteries.

Digital tools ‘to save languages’

via BBC | Sat February 18, 2012
Facebook, YouTube and even texting will be the salvation of many of the world's endangered languages, scientists believe.

Transplant jaw made by 3D printer claimed as first

via BBC | Tue February 07, 2012
A 3D printer-created lower jaw has been fitted to an 83-year-old woman's face in what doctors say is the first operation of its kind.

The Cleanweb Takes Off

via Huffington Post | Thu January 26, 2012
This past weekend in New York, a group of high tech companies, venture investors, hackers, college students held the second Cleanweb Hackathon -- a gathering where software developers and serial entrepreneurs, fueled by coffee and burritos -- or similar fare -- stay up one, two or more nights writing code for apps that just may change the world.

Personal medicine is a little bit closer: Sequence your genome for under $1000

Story contains video via Technology Review | Mon January 16, 2012
Thanks to advances in chemistry and software, researchers can soon sequence a human genome for $1,000 in a day.

New plasma “brush” may mean painless cavity filling

via GizMag | Mon December 26, 2011
We've been keeping an eye on efforts to make the dreaded dentist's drill a thing of the past for some time, and now there's more good news on the horizon for the cavity-prone (and pain-phobic). Engineers have successfully lab-tested a plasma "brush" that can painlessly clean and prep cavities so well, there's no need for mechanical abrasion prior to filling.

Artificial Intestines near reality

via Discovery News | Mon December 19, 2011
Science has given us working artificial hearts, hips, limbs and bladders, and even a trachea. But no one has successfully created an artificial intestine, until now.

Yoav Medan: Ultrasound surgery—healing without cuts

Story contains video via TED | Sat December 17, 2011
Imagine having a surgery with no knives involved. At TEDMED, Yoav Medan shares a technique that uses MRI to find trouble spots and focused ultrasound to treat such issues as brain lesions, uterine fibroids and several kinds of cancerous growths.

Harnessing desert sun to power Europe

via BBC | Thu December 08, 2011
It is a beguiling idea - harvest sunshine, and a little wind, from the empty deserts of North Africa and the Middle East, and use it to produce clean power for the region and for Europe.

Giant Nasa rover launches to Mars

via BBC | Sun November 27, 2011
Nasa has launched the most capable machine ever built to land on Mars.

How rainwater harvesting is helping Nicaraguan farmers

via BBC | Sun November 27, 2011
Mr Beltran lives in northern Nicaragua, one of the poorest and driest areas of the country, where a pilot project to harvest rainwater is beginning to transform local agriculture and local people's lives.

Rating Your Toaster’s Lifetime Costs

via Discovery News | Wed November 02, 2011
When shopping for appliances, it’s easy to compare prices, but what about the cost to actually run a toaster, coffee maker or blender? A new testing service aims to do just that.

True3D Head Up Display keeps drivers focused on the road

Story contains video via GizMag | Tue November 01, 2011
Developed by the California-based company Making Virtual Solid, True3D is billed as 'an augmented reality navigational display engine designed to provide non-distracting, translucent location guidance.'

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