Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), have developed a new technology that transforms “waste CO2” into blocks of concrete. The potential global market for waste-CO2 products could run as high as $5.9 trillion a year. Are we seeing the birth of a new industry?
Cheaper and better energy storage is possible, and researchers are vigorously exploring possibilities. But are they running out of time?
To this day, experts have yet to agree on a universally-accepted definition for the word “robot.” The usual criteria include autonomy, an ability to alter its surroundings, intelligence, and the possession of a body. Things get tricky beyond these basic principles. How intelligent must a machine be to qualify as a robot? Is a washing […]
The promise of nuclear reactors has always been abundant, safe, inexpensive power. As history has shown, the reality has been very different. Apart from the environmental disasters of Chernobyl and Fukushima – both rated as category seven disasters, the highest on the existing scale, the issue of nuclear waste hangs over us like the sword […]
Updated on April 21st, 2019 We’ve all seen drones. We read about them every day. Drone violations, drone strikes on enemy targets, the next-door kid’s drone has landed in your backyard again. But pay attention ‘coz there’s new tech in town: the Skydio R1. And it’s not your everyday drone; it’s a fully autonomous flying […]
The dream may be for a paperless office but the reality is very different. Vast amounts of paper are consumed every day – in offices, retail establishments and homes. And while a lot of that paper is recycled, unfortunately, huge amounts go to landfill. In most cases, the paper that’s gone to landfill will break […]
I’m always fascinated by what one – just one – motivated person can do. Sure, results usually require teams, but there is always that one standout personality that drives that result. As you’re about to see and read, Kavya Kopparapu is one of those remarkable people. At just 16 years of age, Kavya has developed […]
If you live in rural Australia, you know all about mud-dauber wasps. Incredibly industrious, they spend the summer months finding wet soil, clay or mud and then using it to make their egg sacs… all over your walls! The sacs are tough and protect the eggs from predators until they hatch. The WASP in this […]
We’ve done a few posts on autonomous vehicles, drones, flying ‘cars’ and even the world’s safest small airplane, exploring the future of transport. But what is the reality? Will any of these ever play a part in urban life? In this article, two leading academics from The Queensland University of Technology, one of the worlds great […]
It may be true that there will only ever be one Steve Jobs. It may also turn out to be equally true that there will only ever be one Elon Musk. Jobs was and Musk is, a great innovator – both people who truly ‘think outside of the square’, who ask ‘why not’ when everyone […]