EU researchers create prototype for a server-free future internet Researchers at one of the world’s oldest universities, Cambridge, have come up with a prototype for a possible future internet infrastructure that does away with the need for servers. This could help solve the network capacity problems that arise out of the profusion of bulky online content such as video. The way the internet currently works, content is mostly delivered to client devices such as PCs and smartphones from powerful computers called servers, which are generally housed in data centers. This represents a centralization of computing power and storage that some argue is becoming outdated, what with the beefy processors and (sometimes) capacious storage devices we carry around in our pockets these days. The Cambridge University prototype would represent a dramatic revamp of that way of doing things. Fragments of the same data might be replicated all over the place, in order to make re-assembly as quick and efficient as possible. So what about data caps and battery life?
It's official: Everybody loves the idea of roads that generate solar power | VentureBeat | Green | by Antony Ingram, GreenCarReports.com News In Your Inbox GreenCarReports Earlier this month, we asked whether solar roads could generate enough energy to serve some of the nation's power needs. With tens of thousands of miles of solar-power generating roads, parking lots, sidewalks and other open spaces--without needing to clear space in untouched, natural areas--it seems like an ideal, if expensive solution. It's one that's caught the public's imagination though. Now it's important to note: Widespread public support in no ways guarantees success. But the couple behind Solar Roadways, Scott and Julie Brusaw, have clearly struck a chord with their backers. They've also developed a product that, at the prototype stage, answers a whole lot of difficult questions that startup companies aren't always prepared to answer. Despite each panel being made of glass, for example, the Solar Roadways tiles meet traction, load testing and impact resistance testing without an issue. MORE: Solar Roads: Is The Future Of Energy Under Our Feet?
Google self-driving car has no steering wheel or brake If you're uneasy at the idea of riding in a vehicle that drives itself, just wait till you see Google's new car. It has no gas pedal, no brake and no steering wheel. Google has been demonstrating its driverless technology for several years by retrofitting Toyotas, Lexuses and other cars with cameras and sensors. "They won't have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or brake pedal ... because they don't need them," Google said Tuesday in a blog post introducing the unnamed electric vehicles. Unlike previous models, these cars won't have human drivers monitoring them at all times. The cars' speed for now has been capped at 25 mph, allowing engineers to minimize the risk of crashes during testing. Inside, the spartan cars have few dashboard controls, no glove box and no stereo. "We've designed for learning, not luxury, so we're light on creature comforts," Google said. The company plans to build about 100 prototype vehicles and begin testing them later this summer.
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Meet the Z-1, NASA’s next generation deep space spacesuit Des chercheurs américains mettent au point des panneaux solaires transparents Dans un article publié mardi 19 août sur le site de la Michigan State University, des chercheurs annonçaient avoir mis au point une solution novatrice en matière de production d’énergie solaire : un panneau transparent qui a l’allure d’un morceau de vitre. Si le prototype n’offre pas encore de rendements satisfaisants, à terme, les évolutions pourraient être considérables pour l’industrie photovoltaïque. Quel mode de fonctionnement ? Des chercheurs de la Michigan State University sont parvenus à convertir une surface transparente en accumulateur d’énergie électrique. Si, dans les grandes lignes, le principe demeure calqué sur celui des panneaux solaires traditionnels, quelques petits aspects rendent la solution novatrice. En effet, la panneau transparent est recouvert d’une couche de molécules organiques qui permettent de filtrer les rayons invisibles – comme les ultraviolets et les infrarouges – pour les rediriger vers des cellules photovoltaïques logées dans les bordures de sa surface.
How 3-D Printing Will Change Education Also known as rapid prototyping, 3-D printing is a technology that allows users to create three-dimensional physical products from a digital file. Each product is created one layer at a time, using an inkjet-like process that sprays a bonding agent onto a very thin layer of fixable powder. The bonding agent can be applied very accurately to build an object from the bottom up, layer by layer. The process even accommodates moving parts within the object. Using different powders and bonding agents, color can be applied, and prototype parts can be rendered in plastic, resin, or metal. In fact, this technology is commonly used in manufacturing to build prototypes of almost any object (scaled to fit the printer, of course)—models, plastic and metal parts, or any object that can be described in three dimensions. The first working 3-D printer was created in 1984 by Charles W. Developments in the Sciences Research Fellow Dr. 3-D Printing as an Artistic Medium 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Wait!
AR week 3 Bhutan To Be First Country to Go 100% Organic If there was ever a nation that could see the purpose behind organic, sustainable farming, it would be a nation that is composed mostly of farmers. Such a place does exist, and it soon may be the first nation to go 100% organic, paving the way for others to do the same on a global scale. The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is known for a high level of citizen happiness, but it is doing something even more noteworthy in the near future. With Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley making a major announcement regarding the organic farming project at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development which took place last month, the move has made national headlines. It’s called the National Organic Policy, and it is fueled by the simple concept that working ‘in harmony with nature’ will yield the most powerful results — all without sacrificing human health or the environment. “By working in harmony with nature, they can help sustain the flow of nature’s bounties.”