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This Flexible, Piezoelectric Fabric Turns Kinetic Energy Into Electricity

April 5, 2018

Our backpacks and workout clothes potentially have a new way to provide mobile power thanks to a team of researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, in collaboration with the Swedish School of Textiles in Sweden. The researchers have developed an elastic fabric that is turns kinetic energy into electricity. The fabric is flexible, soft and works more efficiently when more weight is placed on it or it’s wet or under a heavy load.

Wireless Power with a DIY Tesla Coil

April 4, 2018

If you have a newer-model smartphone it probably comes with built-in wireless charging. There's even talk of wireless charging coming to electric vehicles in the future. Image someday having a home with no plugs or wires, where everything just works. It’s not magic, it’s no mystery, it’s science!

How to Develop AI on a Raspberry Pi With Google Colaboratory

April 4, 2018

Last year Google partnered with the Raspberry Pi Foundation to survey users on what would be most helpful in bringing Google's artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to the Raspberry Pi. Now those efforts are paying off.

3D Printing Used to Fill in Cranium-Bone Defects Like Tooth Fillings

April 4, 2018

Medical applications have benefited greatly from 3D printing technology. Researchers continue to innovate, offering a continual stream of 3D printing advancements in medical treatment. Recently researchers demonstrated a new method that paves the way for live 3D printing of regenerative bone materials inside the human cranium designed to repair severe traumatic injuries—the first of its kind.

Can Blockchain Help Revolutionize Energy Production?

April 3, 2018

A revolution in the energy industry is coming. Blockchain is an open and distributed ledger system that can create and update records on an encrypted database that is available to all users on a network. No longer just a dream by producers of renewable wind and solar energy—the big legacy producers of traditional fossil-fuel-based energy are scrambling to be a part of transaction networks driven by Blockchain. How does it work and what will it mean? Here is an example: