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electrek - by Fred Lambert - 08/28/2019

A startup that spun out of Cambridge University claims a battery breakthrough that can charge an electric car in just six minutes.

It’s something we heard before, but the difference here is that they claim that they can commercialize the new battery as soon as next year.

NewScientist - by Donna Lu - 07/31/2019

A computer chip inspired by the brain could pave the way for artificial intelligence with a broader range of abilities. The chip has been used to control an autonomous bicycle, but one day it might power self-driving cars and smart robots.

NewScientist - by Chris Baraniuk - 07/31/2019

Ever tried to stamp on a pesky insect only to see it scuttle off once you raise your shoe? You may soon have the same difficulty eradicating tiny robots, because a simple machine seems to have been given the robustness of a common cockroach.

engadget - by Amrita Khalid - 07/30/2019

Nosebleed seats may soon be a thing of the past. Scientists at the University of California San Diego have created a prototype contact lens that is controlled by the eye's movements. Wearers can make the lenses zoom in or out by simply blinking twice. A paper detailing the team's findings was published this month in Advanced Functional Materials.

Flowing water over extremely thin layers of inexpensive metals that have oxidized, including iron, can produce electricity, researchers report.

CNN - by Alice Johnston - 08/05/2019

An artificial "tongue" that can taste minute differences between varieties of Scotch whisky could be the key to identifying counterfeitalcohol, scientists say.

Green Car Reports - by Eric C. Evarts - 07/26/2019

There's wind power, solar power, and—tire power.

Sumitomo Rubber is developing a new tire that can restore energy to a car as it drives down the road.

The energy recaptures static electricity generated when the tires deform and return to their original shape as they roll down the road.

Recovering energy from a portion of tire rolling resistance works somewhat like regenerative braking, improving efficiency recovering a portion of the energy that would otherwise be lost while driving.

Biz & Tech - by Baek Byung-yeul - 07/23/2019

Seoul Semiconductor's SunLike Series natural spectrum LEDs improve plant cultivation compared to other white LED products and have a stronger nutritional effect, the LED maker said Tuesday.

The company said it conducted a two-week-long experiment on lettuce using its LED lighting and standard white LED lighting of the same color temperature and light intensity.

Digital Trends - by Luke Dormehl - 01/15/2018

Motorbike leathers are there to protect riders from injury, as well as to keep them warm while riding in colder climates. But darker leather jackets, which are some of the most popular available, also have an obvious downside: They make bikers difficult to see in the dark.

This poses a clear safety risk for riders, which a new Kickstarter campaign wants to help lessen. Manufactured by French company Raylier, the “first luminous jacket for bikers” promises to make bikers more visible on the road — courtesy of various embedded LED strips. These can be switched on with the simple press of a button on the jacket’s belt. The aim is reduce the number of fatalities on the road, of which bikers currently represent around 18 percent.

My Modern Met - by Jessica Stewart - 07/30/2019

When “digital media toolsmith” Øyvind Kolås posted his latest visual experiment to Patreon, little did he know that he’d get the internet buzzing. Kolås seemingly transformed a black and white photograph into full color with a simple trick to fool the eye. By placing an over-saturated color grid over a black and white image, he plays with the concept of color assimilation.

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