6 groundbreaking examples of tech innovations inspired by biomimicry

Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 by

Da Vinci was definitely on to something when he observed birds and copied their forms to create his own wings for flight. Although biomimicry wasn’t ultimately successful in helping Da Vinci achieve flight, it has a solid track record for getting engineers, thinkers, and inventors to approach problems in design and technology by returning to […]

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Glow-in-the-dark cement could illuminate dark highways without electricity

Posted on Thursday, May 12th, 2016 by

Scientist José Carlos Rubio wanted to see if he could figure out a way to illuminate highways and roads at night – without using electricity. He soon discovered a truly innovative solution; he found that by altering the fine structure of cement, he could design a variety that appears to glow in the dark. Rubio, […]

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Two senior engineering majors have invented and built a way to use sound waves to put out fires.

Posted on Friday, March 27th, 2015 by

Senior electrical engineering students Viet Tran, left, and Seth Robertson, demonstrate extinguishing a fire with their wave extinguisher. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post) It happens so quickly you almost don’t believe it: Seth Robertson and Viet Tran ignite a fire, snap on their low-rumbling bass frequency generator and extinguish the flames in seconds. And even after […]

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The Hairy Skyscrapers Of The Future

Posted on Friday, February 6th, 2015 by

Every once in a while an idea comes along that is so unlike anything before that it defies reference. Take Belatchew Lab Architecture’s Strawscraper, a skyscraper covered in hair that can harness the energy of the wind. The building looks as though it belongs at the bottom of the sea, with its long anemone-like hair, […]

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The Infinity Oven

Posted on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 by

The Infinity Oven is a low cost solution which enables bakery entrepreneurs and communities in the developing world to harness the power of the sun, baking and cooking more sustainably: smoke free and fuel free. The Infinity Oven harnesses sunlight to heat the oven to temperatures up to 220 degrees. It achieves this by using […]

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Cheap and Solar-Powered Material That Could Solve India’s Sanitation Woes

Posted on Friday, December 12th, 2014 by

Here’s a lofty goal for a group of college students: design a self-cleaning, mobile toilet that conserves water and energy and recycles waste. The five Caltech undergrands who did just that won the 2012 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation challenge to reinvent the toilet—and they finally saw […]

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The Power Pot

Posted on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by

Charge mobile devices while preparing meals! The PowerPot combines the benefits of a lightweight cooking pot and a portable USB charger. Power any adventure while heating up a meal on a backpacking stove or sitting around the campfire. Keep your phone juiced up during a power outage […]

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Solar Roadways installs energy harvesting parking lot

Posted on Friday, April 25th, 2014 by

About 8 years ago, an electrical engineer and his counselor wife started throwing around an idea to replace asphalt on highways and byways throughout the US with electricity-producing solar panels that were tough enough to be driven upon. The idea blossomed into a project, where the panels featured built-in LEDs that could “paint the road” […]

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WaterWheel Rolls Out Solution to Ease Heavy Load

Posted on Friday, March 21st, 2014 by

A U.S. based group called Wello has reinvented the wheel to help families in the developing world who don’t have easy access to water. Many people, including children, are spending a quarter to half of every day, hauling water on their heads. But, instead of carrying […]

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Giant Marble Harvests Energy from Sun and Moon

Posted on Saturday, December 21st, 2013 by

It looks like a giant, glass marble. But this globe is no game. It’s a sun-tracking, solar energy concentrator created by Barcelona-based architects and, according to the designers, is able to collect not just sunlight but moonlight as well. The Rawlemon project revolves around a weatherproof sphere that’s designed to rotate and follow the sun […]

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