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Posted by Allison Blackburn

Russia turning from oil and gas to solar panels

Russia is widely known as being the biggest oil and gas exporter but now it seems that the country is going to be known for another thing, solar panels. [Image Courtesy of Carlos Barria] Russia has begun to make small inroads into solar farms and developer Hevel Solar is putting up an investment of $450 million into building the solar panel farms in Russia between now and 2018. The company is a partnership between the company owned by Viktor Vekselberg, Renova Group, and Rusnano, the nanotech company. They plan on making their own solar panels along with building solar panel […]

Posted by Lara Lopes

Why is there a tiny hole in airplane windows?

If you have already traveled by airplane, chances are you’ve noticed a tiny hole on the lower portion of all passenger windows. And, well, you have probably been wondering what on earth is the purpose of a hole on an airplane window. It’s definetly not there because it looks good, it’s actually quite relevant to your safety during the flight. Marlowe Moncur, the technology director of aircraft window manufacturer GNK Aerospace explained the purpose of the “breather hole” to io9. It’s a hole designed to balance out the pressure between the last two layers -yes, there are a few layers – of a typical pressurized-cabin window. […]

Posted by Eben M. Atwater

WowWee – A Small Canadian R & D Company Brings Cutting Edge Technology to Toys.

Based in Montreal and founded back in 1988, WowWee is an independent research, development, and manufacturing company, focused on cutting edge technologies applied to toys and leisure products. Making recreational stuff their focus is, for my mind, a brilliant stroke; it’s a niche that allows an innovative and flexible company to shine in a highly competitive marketplace. WowWee genuinely does come up with some great ideas, as their award wining toys clearly illustrate, and they’ve partnered with some fairly high octane institutions in so doing. Their world-class in-house engineering and design team produces what the company refers to as “proof-of-physics” […]

Posted by Lara Lopes

TU Delft develops self-healing bioconcrete

After nine years of research and development, a team from TU Delft presented their self-healing concrete prototype that regenerates itself due to the addition of bacteria in its composition. These bacteria have the ability to “break” some specific components in the concrete and gradually fix small cracks and holes. Image courtesy of Delft University of Technology The formula developed at the university goes beyond merely repairing visible imperfections; If not repaired, these cracks can increase in size and allow water to enter the structure, leading to the corrosion of steel and damaging the mechanical properties of the structure. “We have invented bioconcrete — that’s concrete that heals […]

Posted by Lara Lopes

Siemens develops world-record electric motor for aircraft

Electric mobility is becoming increasingly interesting for aviation. Siemens, who is quite active in the area, already accomplished a technology milestone: they managed to develop an electric motor, five times more powerful than conventional engines! The researchers at Siemens developed a new type of electric motor designed specifically for aircraft that weights only 50 kg  yet delivers a continuous output of about 260 kW. The power-to-weight ratio of this engine, which breaks all previous records, opens up the possibility of larger aircraft with takeoff weight of up to two tons and capacity for up to 100 passengers to use an electric propulsion system. To successfully reduce the engine […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

Man builds his own plane in Ethiopia

Asmelash Zeferu from Sendafa Town in Ethiopia always dreamed of making his own plane and flying high above his town. Now those dreams have come true as he built the plane using wood, metal and aluminium and he will take his first test flights 11 June 2015. [Image Courtesy of Diretube] Zeferu started to build the plane in October of 2013 and it took him a year and 7 months to finally finish it. Zeferu is going to take to the air and fly at around 3,000 feet and the plane is capable of running at 182 k.p.h. [Image Courtesy […]