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Spherical Glass Solar Energy Generator

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 Rawlemon and, according to the designers, is…

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Scientists Twist Light to Send Data: Beams of Light Can Be Twisted and Combined to Transmit Data Dramatically Faster

Researchers have developed a system of transmitting data using twisted beams of light at ultra-high speeds — up to 2.56 terabits per second. (Credit: © kentoh / Fotolia) A multi-national…

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Beam Me Up: ‘Tractor Beams’ of Light Pull Small Objects Towards Them

Tractor beams’ of light that pull objects towards them are no longer science fiction. Haifeng Wang at the A*STAR Data Storage Institute and co-workers have now demonstrated how a tractor…

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The Bloom Box: An Energy Breakthrough?

The Bloom Energy Server (commonly referred to as the Bloom Box) is a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) made by Bloom Energy, of Sunnyvale, California, that can use a wide variety of inputs (including liquid or…

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Crop circles ‘created using GPS, lasers and microwaves’

Other theories of how the patterns have appeared over the centuries include freak wind patterns, rolling hedgehogs, copulating couples and, in a 1678 report, the actions of a “mowing devil” Photo:…

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Afghans Build Open-Source Internet From Trash

 Image Credit: FabFi In light of events that occured in the Middle East earlier this year, many worry that in the future, rogue governments could cut off access to the internet as a…

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Quantum Object Teleported 100 Kilometers by Chinese Scientists

Though quantum teleportation has existed for well over 10 years, it has never actually happened at a distance that would be of any use to people in the real world. But…

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Forget WiFi, Connect to the Internet Through Lightbulbs

Whether you’re using wireless internet in a coffee shop, stealing it from the guy next door, or competing for bandwidth at a conference, you’ve probably gotten frustrated at the slow…

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The Baghdad Battery

In 1936, while excavating ruins of a 2000-year-old village near Baghdad, workers discovered mysterious small vase. A 6-inch-high pot of bright yellow clay dating back two millennia contained a cylinder of sheet-copper…