Scientists have developed a technique that enables to generate electricity from the heat that Earth releases into the atmosphere.
American engineers believe that the thermal energy of the Earth, which is released into the environment, can be used as a renewable energy source for electricity production in some areas of the planet.
The new technique, developed by Federico Capasso and his colleagues at Harvard University (USA), allows to produce electricity from the heat radiated by Earth into the environment. The experts came up with this idea when they discovered that the planet is “heating” space with a capacity of 100 million gigawatts.
At present there are no technologies to extract electricity from the heat of the Earth. The authors of this study created a special scheme of “thermal batteries”, focusing on the data on heat flux emanating from the Earth. These data were collected by specialists in the town of Lamont (Oklahoma).
This device includes a set of special Continue reading
Designer Dor Tal from Israel developed a concept gadget Future Control, which can analyze the information taken from the internet in order to make “predictions” about the actions of its owner.
The Future Control Project focuses primarily on a new mobile application that requires access to the personal data of social networks, bank accounts, e-mail, calendar, messages, calls, etc. The algorithm of the app will analyze the information and provide predictions for the future. Future Control is going to be a kind of Continue reading
2013 is a year that brought numerous medical and scientific achievements. However, three of them, in accordance with the scientific community, are expected to change our lives for the better.
The hidden second code in DNA
U.S. scientific team led by Professor of Genetics School of Medicine University of Washington John Stamatoyannopoulos identified a second genetic code in the DNA.
In accordance with the research team, the genome uses the genetic code to “write” using two different Continue reading
New Scientist magazine published a series of articles about the 10 major events that are likely to happen in the field of science and technology in the coming year.
Space is getting closer
In 2014, two spacecraft that will help people finally reach Mars will be tested. In September, NASA will launch spacecraft Orion, designed for deep space missions, in a 4-hour flight around the Earth.
Also next year the first launch of the rocket Falcon Heavy, developed by a private company SpaceX, will take place. It is able to Continue reading
Despite the fact that the various interfaces and control panels that are used in the movies are aimed only to help the development of the plot, many of these devices have gained worldwide fame. Such things are used in many science fiction movies, starting with communicators from “Star Trek“ and ending with the helmet display from Terminator. Both designers and engineers could adopt some ideas of such developments.
There is a lot to say about what a good sci-fi interface should be. First of all, this is what maximizes the performance of the tasks. At the same time, this interface should Continue reading
Generation Z kids are presently in class right now, and they’ll be altering the method in which folks envision learning. These youngsters have hypertext psyches with identical intellectual designs that shift every which way, not the step by step mindsets that humans have become used to.
Studies demonstrate that nine out of ten young people, aged eleven-to-fourteen years old, already possess smart phones, and ninety percent of them enjoy computer games on the web. Over half of these youths produce media online, and ninety percent of boys and girls, today, can Continue reading
During the World’s Fair in New York in 1964, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov made predictions about how the world would be 50 years later, which were published in the newspaper The New York Times. Reading them today, you can see that the author managed to predict nearly all modern technological achievements!
According to Asimov, half of the electricity in 2014 will be produced by nuclear power plants, and solar power stations will operate in the vast deserts of Arizona and Kazakhstan. The connection will be satellite-based and spacecraft will successfully reach Mars. Continue reading
A prototype of a flexible contact lens with integrated LED has been created. The invention could lead to the creation of small displays, directly covering the cornea.
While Google released a mini computer in the form of glasses, the South Korean scientists have gone further and have built a similar device in the … conventional contact lenses.
Lenses with electronic elements had already been created previously. For example, there are lenses for monitoring intraocular pressure in patients with glaucoma. However, they are created using materials that do not have the flexibility and transparency. Continue reading
These are printers that can print with hot plastic a variety of models. On Amazon.com there is a separate section devoted to these devices, and on Kickstarter.com money is collected for the release of the budget model of 3D-printer. Colorful spools of plastic thread make dresses, splints for a broken hand, fragments of a human skull, and many more. In the future, 3D-printer can change the principles of Continue reading
A couple of ghost hunters from Indiana, U.S.A., claim to have created an application that allows people to communicate with ghosts with the help of their iPhone.
Passion for the paranormal has united two people Roger Pingleton and Jill Beitz. According to the couple, they always try to visit the places where strange events happen, indicating the presence of the creatures of the underworld.
Usually, those who witness the appearance of ghosts or poltergeists experience a panic fear, but as for Pingleton and Beitz, they try to understand the message of the spirits. The desire of these two people to communicate with ghosts caused the creation of the iPhone application named “Spirit Story Box”. Continue reading