Altered: The Innovative Faucet Solution that Uses 98% Less Water

The Altered Company has created a nozzle that uses 2% of your normal water usage. It’s flexible, designed to fit over any tap, customizable, with two modes depending on the needed amount of water, and an environmentally conscious solution to the everyday problem of water waste. Water stress is a global issue that affects one billion people at present, and will impact an estimated 3 billion people in 2020. Furthermore, when one uses a regular tap, much of the water simply bounces off the surfa...
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Walk-Man – The Humanoid Search and Rescue Robot

Scientists from the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italian Institute of Technology) and University of Pisa in Italy have developed an anthropomorphic robot that can use human tools and interact with its surrounding environment in the same way as a human. The researchers hope that the robot, colloquially known as Walk-Man, will find use in search and rescue situations that are too dangerous for humans to engage in. Lead researcher Nikos Tsagarakis believes Walk-Man will be well accommodated in ...
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Researchers Discover How Termites Ventilate

Termites build massive, empty structures above their underground nest in order to control their local environment. Hunter King and Samuel A. Ocko, under the supervision of Applied Mathematics professor Lakshminarayan Mahadevan discovered the key to ventilation in the mounds of an Indian termite species. It is well known that termites build such massive, empty structures above their underground nest in order to control their local environment. The researchers conducted tests on live and dea...
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New Technology to Monitor Cancer Cells

Deborah Kelly, a biologist at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, has developed a "microchip-based toolkit" to watch the breast cancer affiliated BRCA1 gene act inside a human breast cancer cell. This new technology allows scientists to watch cancer cells in action at unprecedented resolution. They can now peer closely into the world of cells and molecules within a native, liquid environment. Kelly and colleagues have developed a way to isolate biological specimens in a flowing, liquid en...
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Synthetic tumor environments add realism to Cancer research

Scientists at the University of Illinois have developed a new technique to create hydrogels, which can realistically and quickly recreate microenvironments found across biology. To illustrate the potential of their method, the Illinois team mixed breast cancer cells and macrophages that signal cancer cells to spread and grow into a tumor. They were able to observe how differently cells act in the three-dimensional, gel-like environment, which is much more like body tissues than the current resea...
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Amazing Batteries that Run on Any Liquid

A new, “organic” battery has been invented which generates a charge within 10 seconds and will last anywhere from two days to a week depending on the liquid. The world’s first chlorophyll organic battery has been invented by Chungpin Liao, a professor at the Graduate School of Electro-Optic and Material Science of National Formosa University in Taiwan. He claims that his battery can be filled up with almost anything, including water and urine, and it can provide electricity from two to sev...
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Non-Toxic Sterilizing Spray Invented

An innovative product promises dirt and germ free surfaces without using toxic coatings. This latest science invention from the Saarbrücken Institute for New Materials in Turkey and patented by Nanopool GmbH Germany is a spray-on invisible thin glass coating that sterilizes, protects and strengthens surfaces. It is a flexible and breathable spray-on glass film which repels water, dirt, stains, fungus, bacteria and viruses. The film is approximately 500 times thinner than a human hair and h...
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