Friday, January 19, 2018

Boris Johnson proposes 22-mile bridge to connect UK and France

Would a 22-mile bridge crossing the English Channel help connect the United Kingdom and France? Foreign secretary Boris Johnson proposed the infrastructure some have called the Boris Bridge, and spoke about the idea of a second link with France's president Emmanuel Macron. Related:

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This mesmerizing lamp reacts to earthquakes across the globe in real time

This minimalist lamp responds in real time to earthquakes around the world. French artist Fabien Bouchard, who works under the name ParseError, linked the lamp to the data from IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) to which it reacts by emitting light pulses and rumble-like sounds. The clean, simple design makes the Earthquake Lamp a beautiful object for any home, but its purpose makes it more than a beautiful light source. The artist, who lived through the great 2011...

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Nissan to start selling rooftop solar panels and batteries

Tesla's model of selling electric cars and solar panels seems to appeal to other automakers too - now Nissan is getting in on the game with Nissan Energy Solar. They recently launched the service to sell rooftop panels along with their xStorageHome battery storage products. Their press release says United Kingdom residents equipped with their products could save as much as 66 percent on their power bills. Related:

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NASA debuts KRUSTY nuclear reactor for future Mars residents

Researchers at NASA, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Department of Energy have revealed that they have successfully tested a small nuclear reactor that may someday provide power to human habitats on Mars and beyond. Called Kilopower, the reactor comes in several versions to meet certain power needs, from 1 kilowatt (enough to power a small kitchen appliance) to ten kilowatts, four or five of which would be required to provide power for a habitat on Mars. "Kilopower's compact size and robustness...

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Researchers develop self-healing concrete powered by fungus

Scientists at Binghamton University have developed the first application of fungi in self-healing concrete. In a paper recently published in the journal Construction and Building Materials, Binghamton University assistant professor Congrui Jin and her team outline the ways in which a special species of fungi, Trichoderma reesei, may act as a sealing agent when mixed with concrete. “This idea was originally inspired by the miraculous ability of the human body to heal itself of cuts, bruises and...

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This jewelry is made with upcycled gold from Dell computers

Did you know there's gold and silver inside your computer? But those precious metals end up in landfills when people don't recycle their laptops and other electronics - according to Dell, American consumers trash $60 million in silver and gold every year by not recycling smartphones. The technology company teamed up with actress and designer Nikki Reed to turn that e-waste into something stunning: jewelry. Related: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuGiE5oNOlA

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Abundant solar threatens fossil fuel companies in Texas to the tune of $1.4 billion

In Texas, demand for power peaks in the summer - which also happens to be when solar power is at its most productive. With Texas slated to add up to 15 gigawats of solar in the next few years, that spells big trouble for fossil fuels in the state.

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