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Real-life Jedi: Pushing the limits of mind control

via BBC | Tue October 11, 2011
The inner workings of the brain can now be read using low cost hardware. You don't have to be a Jedi to make things move with your mind.

Groundbreaking solar plant in Spain generates 24 hours of power

via Grist | Sat July 09, 2011
Spain's Gemasolar concentrating solar power plant just became the first solar power plant to generate power for 24 continuous hours.

A winning solution for renewable energy and CO2 reduction?

via Gizmag | Thu June 09, 2011
A promising new innovation in geothermal technology, that offers a novel solution to climate change, has been created by two researchers from the University of Minnesota's Department of Earth Sciences.

‘Optical Battery’ Discovery Could Mean Solar Power Without Solar Cells

via Earth Techling | Mon May 30, 2011
Researchers at the University of Michigan have made a scientific discovery that is intriguing all on its own but it is the breakthrough’s potential applications in solar power generation that have them excited.

Scientists working on human-dolphin communication device

via GizMag | Sun May 22, 2011
Scientists are working on an underwater device that could facilitate two-way human-dolphin communications

Mobile phones in developing nations could charge up using dirt

via GizMag | Thu May 12, 2011
A Harvard team is developing a microbial fuel cell-based mobile phone charger, that would allow people in developing nations to charge their phones using microbes in the soil.

Google’s driverless car

Story contains video via TED | Mon April 04, 2011
Sebastian Thrun helped build Google's amazing driverless car, powered by a very personal quest to save lives and reduce traffic accidents.

New System Can Warn of Tsunamis Within Minutes

via Terra Daily | Mon March 07, 2011
Seismologists have developed a new system that could be used to warn future populations of an impending tsunami only minutes after the initial earthquake.

Microscope could ‘solve the cause of viruses’

via University of Manchester | Thu March 03, 2011
University of Manchester scientists have produced the world’s most powerful optical microscope, which could help understand the causes of many viruses and diseases.

Helping the paralyzed to walk again

via GizMag | Thu December 09, 2010
A technique helping stroke victims regain their mobility has won the 2010 Danish Research Result of the Year award and is now attracting attention from investors keen to see the research move from the lab and into rehabilitation centers.

New tool that can quickly identify dangerous viruses developed

via One India | Fri November 26, 2010
A simple diagnostic tool has been developed by Boston University researchers to quickly identify dangerous viruses like Ebola and Marburg.

MIT develops solar-powered, portable desalination system

Story contains video via GizMag | Thu October 28, 2010
Researchers from MIT's Field and Space Robotics Laboratory (FSRL) have designed a portable, solar-powered desalination system that is cost-effective and easy to assemble to bring drinkable water in disaster zones and remote regions around the globe.

New Acoustic Early Warning System For Landslide Prediction

Story contains video via Terra Daily | Tue October 26, 2010
A new type of sound sensor system has been developed to predict the likelihood of a landslide.

Cell Phones Powered by Conversation?

via Discovery News | Tue October 19, 2010
Chatty teenagers could be the world's next renewable energy source. Scientists from Korea have turned the main ingredient of calamine lotion into a tiny material that converts sound waves into electricity.

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