Researchers build a wirelessly powered drone that can fly forever

Researchers build a wirelessly powered drone that can fly forever

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Now drones never need to “sleep” again.   Quadcopter drones are great for all kind of things from filming to delivering small, sometimes dubious, packages but every drone, irrespective of whether it’s a hobbyists DJI drone or a US military MQ-9 Reaper, is limited by...

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World first as researchers observe atoms interacting

World first as researchers observe atoms interacting

Being able to observe the interactions of individual atoms will one day lead to the creation of better superconductors In a world first, researchers at MIT have managed to capture images of individual potassium atoms distributed on an optical lattice, providing them with a unique opportunity to see how they interact...

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The end of fossil fuels, Asia and Europe draw up a Global Energy Grid

The end of fossil fuels, Asia and Europe draw up a Global Energy Grid

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As renewable energy becomes more reliable countries around the world are seriously exploring connecting their energy grids together to form a Global Super Grid.   Northeast Asia, the region encompassing China, South Korea, and Japan, has not yet gotten around to connecting its electricity grids...

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Australia unleashes starfish hunter-killer robots onto the Great Barrier Reef

Australia unleashes starfish hunter-killer robots onto the Great Barrier Reef

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Bleaching and new invasive species like the Crown of Thorns wreak havoc on the Barrier Reef, but technology is helping conservationists fight back.   Climate change, pollution, invasive species and unsustainable fishing practices have blighted the world’s largest coral structure for decades but there’s now an...

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Saving the worlds coral reefs, one 3D printed coral at a time

Saving the worlds coral reefs, one 3D printed coral at a time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Coral reefs take millennia to mature and only years to destroy, now technology is coming to their rescue.   Even if you’re not particularly interested in marine biology, you’ve likely at least heard of Jacques Cousteau. The French oceanographer, explorer and conservationist not only made...

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Renewable energy sources power up Scotland and Costa Rica

Renewable energy sources power up Scotland and Costa Rica

Countries are increasingly managing to meet all of their energy requirements using renewable energy Hot on the heels of Costa Rica announcing that their state run energy company had managed to provide 100% of the territory’s energy requirements for 113 consecutive days using renewable energy sources last weekend Scotland announced...

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Weather bombs could help scientists better predict earthquakes

Weather bombs could help scientists better predict earthquakes

Little heard S-waves are the key to seeing inside our planet Small, intense storms known as “weather bombs” may trigger rare tremors deep within the Earth, offering scientists a new way to study the mysterious structure and inner workings of the planet, according to a new study. A “weather bomb”...

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Californian sculpture desalinates 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water

Californian sculpture desalinates 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Pipe is a finalist in the 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative, a competition to combine clean energy production with public art.   Is it public art, or is it a power station? This shimmering design for “The Pipe”, a finalist in the 2016 Land Art Generator...

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Florida to unleash Lionfish hunter-killer robots onto its reefs

Florida to unleash Lionfish hunter-killer robots onto its reefs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When are killer robots a good thing? When they’re saving the Earth.   Where there are robots there’s always inevitably talk about the emergence of killer robots that will destroy humanity, and while killer robots are often seen as a bad thing sometimes – apparently,...

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We are entering the First Age of De-Extinction

We are entering the First Age of De-Extinction

This might complicate our which came first question… There have been five mass extinction events since the Earth formed, the last being the death of the dinosaurs and many people believe that we are now  in the Sixth Age of Extinction but the difference this time is that this event...

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Truck sized nuclear fusion reactors appear on the horizon

Truck sized nuclear fusion reactors appear on the horizon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tokomak Energy aims to build mini-nuclear reactors and announces target of producing electricity by 2025 and feeding power into the grid by 2030.   Nuclear fusion needs a “Wright brothers” moment, to convince the world of its promise of unlimited clean and safe energy and...

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Scientists re-discover the Laws of Friction

Scientists re-discover the Laws of Friction

In an age of pen and paper one man stood out, and he’s just surprised us again The advantage of hosting your own blog or magazine is that sometimes you can go off piste and this is one of those times so now we are going to go back to a time...

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LA will switch to battery power, in 2021

LA will switch to battery power, in 2021

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF For the first time ever a city has selected to build an energy storage device over a conventional power station.   By 2021, electricity use in the west Los Angeles area may be in for a climate change fighting evolution. For many years, the tradition...

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Breakthrough lets researchers turn plants into electric circuits and connect them to the grid

Breakthrough lets researchers turn plants into electric circuits and connect them to the grid

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to turn plants into electric circuits could pave the way for a whole variety of biologically inspired electronics.   A team of Swedish botanists and electrical engineers have unveiled a new method for growing and powering conductive wires inside living plants and integrating them with...

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Bionic leaf could revolutionise energy and manufacturing

Bionic leaf could revolutionise energy and manufacturing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A revolution in the making, the Bionic Leaf ushers in a new era of biomanufacturing.   Harvard University has created a “bionic leaf” that converts solar energy into a liquid fuel. The work, a proof of concept in an exciting new field called biomanufacturing, is the fruit...

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Bring Your Own Climate to work day

Bring Your Own Climate to work day

The Internet of Everything and the Connected Home have long promised us the ability to personalise our own environments but it’s always been an aspiration, even for companies like WeWork who’ve long seen it as a way to help them personalise their city co-working spaces and provide their occupants with even more...

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