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Robot Can Be Programmed Through Conversation

The idea of having a helper robot at home that can make fold your laundry or bring you breakfast in bed is kind of awesome, but in order to get to that point, it must be properly trained. In order to make the orientation process easier, Ashutosh Saxena of Cornell …

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Using Seawater To Create Jet Fuel

Scientists from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have demonstrated significant progress in their novel gas-to-liquid process, which simultaneously recovers carbon dioxide and hydrogen from seawater, and report that it can produce a fuel-like hydrocarbon liquid which may eventually offer a renewable replacement for petroleum based fuel in jet engines. They …

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New Technology Allows Water Purification Using Sunlight

At the 247th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical society (ACS), researcher Anne Morrisey from Dublin City University reported her team’s new technology, which hopes to provide a simple water purifying system that makes use of sunlight.  Morrisey’s team began by using a compound called titanium dioxide (TiO2). TiO2 can …

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Micro-turbines could revolutionize small-scale energy production

Electrical engineering professor J.C. Chiao and his research associate Smitha Rao have demonstrated their invention for WinMEMS, a Taiwanese manufacturing company, who showed immediate interest in its potential. Mass production will be the key to affordability, and Rao’s ingenious minimalistic approach uses semiconductors that can self-assemble into their 3 dimensional …

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Can Video Games Create A Sharper Mind?

Video games have revolutionized society as we know it. Technology and entertainment are forever intertwined, for better or for worse. There is a growing amount of evidence to show that video games have positive effects on the brain for people of all ages and could even help slow the progression …

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Take College And University Courses Online Completely Free

In recent years massive open online courses (MOOCs) have become a trend in online education. The term was coined in 2008 by David Cormier, manager of web communications and innovations at the University of Prince Edward Island. The first MOOC was created the previous year, at Utah State University. Today, …

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New Solar Cell Breaks World Record For Efficiency

The Helmholtz Center Berlin, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Soitec, and CEA-Leti have collaborated in developing the world’s most efficient solar cell. The record-breaking solar cells are used in panels that are twice as efficient as regular photovoltaic panels. The concentrator photovoltaics (CPV) were derived from technology used …

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