Electromagnetic energy from cellphones could power small devices, rather than fry your brain

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Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have found a way to put all that electromagnetic energy floating around to use. They’ve managed to create a device that captures and harnesses ambient energy so it can be used to power small electronic devices.

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Canadian EV to be Pimped Out with Hemp Bio Composite Interior

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While hemp can be used for food, textiles, paper, fabric, and fuel oil, the misunderstood crop breeds fear amongst politicians in the United Status and has led to the crop being illegal to grow without a DEA permit, which is pretty hard to get. But growing hemp is legal in Canada. Canadian company Motive Industries has taken advantage of this, and have been working on an electric car made of hemp plastic

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EU Puts Aside 6 Million for Gas-Guzzling Flying Car

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The European Union is going to set aside €4.2 million ($6.2M USD) for a project known as myCopter. This is a Personal Aerial Vehicle (PAV) that would try to reduce the traffic congestion in major European cities. The flying car would be used at low altitudes to travel to and from work. As myCopter would be flying below 2000 feet, it wouldn’t bother other air traffic, and would be fully or partially autonomous so you wouldn’t need ground-based air traffic control. The project is being undertaken by a consortium that includes the Max Plank Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany.

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Solar-Sinter creates 3D objects using sun and sand

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3D printers are getting better and better. They tend to use materials like resin or ABS plastic, but what if the printers used two widely available resources in the desert, like sun and sand? Markus Kayser, a MA student at the Royal College of Art, has done just that. The “Solar-Sinter” is powered by the sun via two photovoltaic panels, and it focuses the sun’s rays to heat sand to its melting point so that it solidifies as glass when it cools. Then the fully automated device creates a glass object from a 3D computer design.

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Virtual grocery shopping now at South Korean subway stations

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After a long day at work, it’s never fun waiting for the subway. On top of that, sometimes you still have to go grocery shopping for dinner. In South Korea, where almost 50 million people live in a country a bit bigger than Indiana, grocery shopping can be a huge pain in the butt.

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‘Super sand’ coated with graphite could provide clean drinking water

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To test out the coated sand, the researchers ran two model contaminants through it, including mercury at 400 parts per billion and Rhodamine B dye at 10 parts per million. The coarse sand’s adsorption capacity of mercury was saturated within 10 minutes, and continued removing mercury for more than 50 minutes and resulted in filtered water with less than one part per billion.

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Watch the Seagull stealing HD camera and flies away video

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Some Youtuber decided to put his GoPro on the ground to tie his shoelaces or something, when a seagull ran towards him at that very moment and somehow managed to latch onto the camera and take off into the night sky. Conveniently, opica1983 had left the camera running, prepare for rooftops and two blocks of Cannes, France seagull style.

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Volkswagen, Audi on the future of autopilot cars

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Some people claim that the next big thing in personal transport will be fully automatic, driverless cars. In May 2011, Danish architectural firm BIG proposed a driverless highway system where cars navigate the roads using robotic technology. The benefits of driverless cars, they claimed, were little or no accidents, as humans are responsible for close to 100 per cent of all traffic injuries. To further their point, they pointed out that airplanes operate smoothly on auto-pilot.

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