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Italian Architect Stefano Boeri To Build World's First Forest City In China-5

Italian architect Stefano Boeri to build world’s first forest city in China boasting 1 million plants

In the last few years, we have come across several futuristic city concepts that are based primarily on sustainability and self-sufficiency. The team at RAW-NYC Architects, for instance, is currently working to transform the micronation of Liberland into a verdant city-state that runs entirely on algae-derived energy. As part of a more recent project, Milan-based…


Harsh LED city lights associated with serious health problems, including vision loss and unnatural sleep patterns-1

Harsh LED city lights associated with serious health problems, including vision loss and unnatural sleep patterns

Ever since its invention back in 1962, LED light has been lauded for its cost-effective and energy-saving credentials. According to a report by the American Medical Association (AMA), however, light-emitting diodes might be exacerbating certain health problems that city dwellers commonly suffer from. The bright, bluish glow of these lights has been known to cause…






This Batmobile-esque Behemoth Is NASA's Latest Mars Rover Concept-1

This six-wheeled Batmobile-esque behemoth is NASA’s latest Mars rover concept

NASA’s latest concept rover is a sleek, six-wheeled behemoth that looks uncannily similar to the Batmobile. Recently unveiled at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, the futuristic vehicle of four boasts a detachable laboratory that could branch out to look for alien life on Mars. Built to inspire inventive rover designs for the space agency’s…


008Skin-Like Triboelectric Nanogenerator Uses Friction To Produce Power-1

Innovative human skin-like triboelectric nanogenerator relies on friction to generate power

As part of a new project, scientists at China’s National Center for Nanoscience and Technology have developed an innovative triboelectric nanogenerator called STENG that is just as flexible as human skin. Like other triboelectric devices, the contraption produces electricity as a result of friction between two different materials. A paper describing its potential uses has recently…


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World’s sharpest laser could improve radio-based communications in deep space

World's Sharpest Laser Could Improve Deep Space Communications-1

Stepping out of the sci-fi realm, lasers today boast a variety of real-world applications in fields as diverse as medicine, military, space exploration and even nanotechnology. To ensure better performance as well as precision, scientists around the world are continually looking for ways to enhance the power and sharpness of lasers. As part of a new project, a team of researchers has just developed the world’s sharpest laser with a linewidth of only around 10 millihertz (mHz). (more…)

Colorful 3,000-year-old textile fragments point to the earliest instance of chemical dyeing

3,000-Year-Old Textiles Point To Earliest Instance Of Chemical Dyeing-1

Archaeologists from Tel Aviv University have unearthed 3,000-year-old fabric samples that point to the earliest instance of chemical dyeing in history. Discovered at the Timna Valley of Israel’s Arava desert, the cloth fragments likely belong to the period between 13th and 10th centuries BC. The findings of the research, recently published in the PLOS ONE journal, provide valuable insights into the region’s long history of textile trade. Speaking about the study, Dr. Erez Ben-Yosef, a professor at TAU’s Department of Archaeology, said: (more…)

Italian architect Stefano Boeri to build world’s first forest city in China boasting 1 million plants

Italian Architect Stefano Boeri To Build World's First Forest City In China-5

In the last few years, we have come across several futuristic city concepts that are based primarily on sustainability and self-sufficiency. The team at RAW-NYC Architects, for instance, is currently working to transform the micronation of Liberland into a verdant city-state that runs entirely on algae-derived energy. As part of a more recent project, Milan-based architect Stefano Boeri has undertaken the daunting task of constructing the world’s very first “Forest City” in the Liuzhou region of China’s Guangxi province. (more…)

Harsh LED city lights associated with serious health problems, including vision loss and unnatural sleep patterns

Harsh LED city lights associated with serious health problems, including vision loss and unnatural sleep patterns-1

Ever since its invention back in 1962, LED light has been lauded for its cost-effective and energy-saving credentials. According to a report by the American Medical Association (AMA), however, light-emitting diodes might be exacerbating certain health problems that city dwellers commonly suffer from. The bright, bluish glow of these lights has been known to cause temporary, and sometimes even permanent, vision impairment, and is also one of the culprits disrupting our normal circadian rhythms. (more…)

Light and photosynthetic bacteria could cure world’s deadliest killer heart disease, Stanford study reveals

Light and photosynthetic bacteria could cure world's deadliest killer heart disease, Stanford study reveals-1

According to an updated survey by World Health Organization (WHO), complications related to cardiovascular diseases killed approximately 17.7 million people across the world in 2015 alone. Currently the most lethal of all diseases, it is responsible for one out of every four deaths in the United States. To put an end to this frightening epidemic, scientists from Stanford University School of Medicine have come up with an unlikely solution involving light and photosynthetic bacteria. (more…)

Newly-developed solar paint doubles as an inexhaustible source of zero-emissions hydrogen fuel

Newly-developed solar paint doubles as an inexhaustible source of zero-emissions hydrogen fuel-2

Scientists from Melbourne-based RMIT University have pioneered a new type of solar paint that serves as a virtually endless source of clean energy. The material, according to the team, works by absorbing moisture from the atmosphere, and then disintegrating it into hydrogen and oxygen atoms. The resultant hydrogen can in turn be used as a zero-emissions fuel source. (more…)

Watch: World’s most powerful electromagnetic railgun firing projectiles at Mach 7 speed

Over the years, the U.S. military has amassed a rather enviable stockpile of arms, including some of the world’s most powerful and lethal weapons. Take, for instance, the Laser Weapon System (or LaWS). Developed as part of a $40 million project, this badass laser gun can obliterate enemy drones several miles away within seconds. More formidable perhaps is BAE’s experimental electromagnetic railgun that can hurtle projectiles at incredibly high speed of Mach 7.

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Lowe employees will soon sport futuristic exosuits designed to offer support for lifting bulky products

Lowe Employees Will Soon Sport Exosuits Designed To Offer Support-1

Retail giant Lowe has joined hands with Virginia Tech to develop a lift-assist technology in the form of a futuristic exosuit. Intended to offer employees extra support while moving products around in the company’s 1,800 or so stores, the powerful yet lightweight contraption is currently being trialed at Lowe’s Christiansburg, VA outlet. (more…)

This six-wheeled Batmobile-esque behemoth is NASA’s latest Mars rover concept

This Batmobile-esque Behemoth Is NASA's Latest Mars Rover Concept-1

NASA’s latest concept rover is a sleek, six-wheeled behemoth that looks uncannily similar to the Batmobile. Recently unveiled at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, the futuristic vehicle of four boasts a detachable laboratory that could branch out to look for alien life on Mars. Built to inspire inventive rover designs for the space agency’s highly-anticipated manned missions to the Red Planet, this badass buggy concept is currently in the middle of a cross-country tour. (more…)

Innovative human skin-like triboelectric nanogenerator relies on friction to generate power

008Skin-Like Triboelectric Nanogenerator Uses Friction To Produce Power-1

As part of a new project, scientists at China’s National Center for Nanoscience and Technology have developed an innovative triboelectric nanogenerator called STENG that is just as flexible as human skin. Like other triboelectric devices, the contraption produces electricity as a result of friction between two different materials. A paper describing its potential uses has recently been published in the Science Advances journal. (more…)