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Conceptual floating hotel suite aims for energy autonomy

“Solar Floating Resort” Italian industrial designer Michele Puzzolante has come up with a conceptual floating luxury hotel suite he claims could be entirely self-powering thanks to the dye-sensitized solar cells which would be integrated into the vessel’s walls. Puzzolante suggests his “Solar Floating Resort” could be navigated along exotic coast lines, while its six resident … Continue reading

Quantum dots delivered to cell nucleus with a nanoneedle

We recently saw the potential for nanoneedles and quantum dots to treat skin cancer, however researchers at the University of Illinois have gone one step further. They have created a nanoneedle (an incredibly small needle) that allows them to peak into the nucleus of a cell. When subjected to an electrical charge, the needle injects … Continue reading

Wave Power Lights Up U.S. Electrical Grid For First Time

We write a lot about wave power here at Inhabitat, but functional wave farms are few and far between. Now Ocean Power Technologies has hooked up its PB40 PowerBuoy to the grid at the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii, marking the first time waves have provided energy to the U.S. electrical grid. Unlike many tidal … Continue reading

Going From One-Size-Fits-All Education, To One-Size-Fits-One

Alvin Toffler calls this method of instruction “unlearning.” We need to teach children individually, and in a way that doesn’t emphasize memorizing the right answer, but more realistically reflects how we learn and succeed in the real world. In June of 2009, after Michael Jackson died, I decided it was time to learn how to … Continue reading

Drones and democracy

Image via Wikipedia AN AMERICAN general told Peter Singer once that insurgents most fear America’s unmatched technology. Then, talking to a Lebanese newspaper editor as a drone circled overhead, he heard a different story: Americans and Israelis, the editor said, are cowards to send machines to fight for them. Much of the ethical conversation around … Continue reading

Twitter Used to Predict Flu Outbreaks

Image via Wikipedia Keeping track of disease trends such as influenza outbreaks has the potential to be far quicker and less costly by monitoring a social network program such as Twitter than following the traditional methods of disease surveillance, according to a computer science expert at Southeastern Louisiana University. A process called syndromic surveillance uses … Continue reading

Could Sarcastic Computers Be in Our Future?

New Math Model Can Help Computers Understand Inference   In a new paper, the researchers describe a mathematical model they created that helps predict pragmatic reasoning and may eventually lead to the manufacture of machines that can better understand inference, context and social rules. Language is so much more than a string of words. To … Continue reading

Newly Created Material Resembles Cilia

University of Southern Mississippi scientists recently imitated Mother Nature by developing, for the first time, a new, skinny-molecule-based material that resembles cilia, the tiny, hair-like structures through which organisms derive smell, vision, hearing and fluid flow. While the new material isn’t exactly like cilia, it responds to thermal, chemical, and electromagnetic stimulation, allowing researchers to … Continue reading

Eyejusters – self-adjustable glasses designed for the developing world

The main aim is to distribute these to people in the developing world   Anyone who currently wears glasses or contact lenses will have likely consulted an optometrist to determine their prescription … that is, if they live in the developed world. In developing nations, many people aren’t afforded the opportunity to see a professional … Continue reading

VIDEO Sir Ken Robinson – Changing Paradigms – Part 01

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson will ask how do we make change happen in education and how do we make it last? via Learn more …