The newly unveiled cargo ship design, ‘Oceanbird’ from Wallenius Marine is going to be wind-powered with reduced emissions by up to 90%. Taking a lesson back from the beginning of voyages, Oceanbird will carry a cargo of up to 7000 cars at a time with the help of wind.
Imaging the very complex web of nerves in the brain has been made possible by a team of scientists at Harvard Medical School. The new technique is called, “X-ray holographic nano-tomography (XNH)” and can map neural circuits in high-resolution imaging.
Scientists have made a solar panel so thin and flexible, it can perfectly rest on a soap bubble. Made with inkjet, it can efficiently harvest the sun’s energy. Scientists hope their breakthrough would be beneficial in a variety of applications where conventional power sources are not practical, such as “skin patches”.
Scientists from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have come up with a novel “bio rubber adhesive” solution for closing wounds and joining blood vessels by reducing the surgery time by 25%. Named the “CaproGlu”, it is said to be giving the patient a faster surgical recovery and a faster pain relief.
Skyscrapers with windows as high efficient power sources is becoming a reality with the latest discovery by a group of researchers. Their novel, colour neutral, semi-transparent photovoltaic solar panels have a higher efficiency than other transparent options available.
Google has developed a smart way to detect earthquakes and alert smartphone users on android. Google hopes this would be a much-needed function globally, as building public infrastructures to detect earthquakes can be costly.
The Chinese tech company Xiaomi has unveiled its latest transparent TV experience, the Mi TV LUX Transparent Edition as part of their 10th anniversary. This will be the world’s first commercially available mass-produced transparent TV version for a price of RMB 49,999 (about £5500).
A team of global scientists led by the Monash University made a breakthrough turning seawater and brackish water into drinkable clean water using sunlight and a specialised metal-organic framework (MOF). This energy-efficient and cost-effective method will see millions and millions of people gaining access to clean drinking water.
Scientists from Japan have come up with a new generation, high-speed absorption separation method for carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial gas emissions. There is a worldwide effort to figure ways on reducing greenhouse emissions to keep up with the expectations set by the 2015 Paris agreement. The target is to keep the global temperature level rise less than 2°C.
Moth eye has inspired many technological advances. Its nanoscale bump coating is so special, it absorbs almost all light coming its way. Owing to those morphological and functional properties, things like, X-ray techniques, Solar cells and Smartphone screens that minimises the glare were built.
Copper wires for electric power transmitting might be a thing in the past as New Zealand prepares to trial ‘Wireless Power transmission’ over long distances. Such a practice will be a world’s first.
Scientists are upgrading the conventional silicon-based solar cells to more environment-friendly Perovskite-based cells, also known as Calcium titanium oxide. Not only this new conversion works faster than the silicon-based solar panels, but its carbon footprint is also considerably low.
The leading American technology for fast-charging solutions on smart devices has launched their latest,’The fastest commercial charging technology - Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 5’.
An optical probe with the thickness of a human hair, has been developed in a joint research effort by Australian and German medical clinicians and engineers. Named as the ‘smallest freeform 3D imaging probe’, it has proved its ability by 3D scanning from inside human and mice blood vessels.
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