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Gizmos & Gadgets: A Space Age Shower You Can Buy Today

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August 22, 2015 - It is called The Shower of the Future and costs $4,412 U.S. Inspired by NASA but built to work here on Earth, this washing technology from Sweden is a closed loop system that saves 90% on water and 80% on energy.

Carbon Capture from the Air Technology Demonstrated

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August 21, 2015 - If we could directly harvest carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and separate and capture the carbon while converting what's left to oxygen then that would really be a technology breakthrough of consequence in our fight against global warming. Sounds like science fiction? Well it's not.

Zero-Carbon Initiative Helps Home Owners Judge Solar Potential of Their Roofs

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August 19, 2015 - I am often asked by readers if it is worth putting solar panels on the roof of their homes. Here in Toronto solar powered houses are few and far between. But just because Toronto is in a northern country doesn't mean solar power is not a good alternative to grid-delivered electricity.

U.S. Patent Issued for Canadian Space Elevator

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August 17, 2015 - A Canadian company applied and was granted a United States design patent for what could prove to be an affordable space elevator. The company is Thoth Technology Inc.

Is MIT's New Fusion Reactor Concept the Answer to Unlimited Power?

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August 12, 2015 - The promise of an affordable commercial fusion reactor continues to be ten years out. It was ten years out in 1990. Ten years out in 2000. And ten years out in 2010. There is pattern here. The promise of fusion is constantly receding into the future.

In Praise of Doing - Advice from Peter Diamandis About the Future of Learning

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August 11, 2015 - When I read Peter Diamandis' weekly email one particular section stood out and I wanted to share it with you. Peter was talking about exponential learning again and noted that a degree is not necessarily the right answer today for youth.

Renewable Energy Success Tied to Innovations in Battery Storage

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August 8, 2015 - The move away from burning carbon to create energy is being inhibited not by the explosive growth in renewables but by the current state of battery technology. That's because energy storage is the other half of the renewable equation.

New Mayflower Green Drone Ship to Cross the Atlantic in 2020

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August 6, 2015 - Celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims' voyage to America in the original Mayflower, the Marine Institute and School of Marine Science and Engineering, at Britain's Plymouth University, intend to build and launch a full-sized autonomous ship powered by renewable energy to cross the Atlantic Ocean in 2020.

Gallium Nitride and Sol-Gel Transistors to Change Electronics and Energy Consumption

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August 5, 2015 - Graphene is seen as a material that is altering our technical world. But it isn't alone. In the past few weeks two others have joined the new materials world of electronics. One is gallium nitride (GaN), and the other is sol-gel.

Holographic Displays Coming to a Car Near You

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August 3, 2015 - Remember R2D2 projecting a holographic image of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars?

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