Posted by Allison Blackburn

Audi is the first to offer synthetic gasoline

Just weeks ago Audi produced their first batch of synthetic diesel and now they are the first to offer synthetic gasoline which is petroleum free and clean burning with the name of e-benzin. The fuel comes from Global Bioenergies, a partner of Audi. [Image Courtesy of Global Bioenergies] Global Bioenergies set up a fermentation unit in 2014 with the aim of producing gaseous isobutene from among other things corn derived glucose. This can be refined in many fuels, plastics and other applications. They then run it through purification and conditioning process and stored it in liquid form under pressure. Some […]

Posted by Lara Lopes

Innovative System Produces Clean Energy From Waves

Just a dip in the sea can give you a feel of how strong the tide and sea currents can really be. But what if all this force from the sea water could be used in the production of clean energy? That’s exactly what the Carnegie Wave Energy is all about. The Perth Wave Energy Project was conceived on Garden Island, Australia, where the biggest Australian naval base is located, and it is an initiative that uses the ocean waves to generate electricity and produce drinking water. The CETO 6 is a commercial scale unit of this system, made up of buoys 20 […]

Posted by Lara Lopes

MIT Engineers Develop Structural Vibration Visualization Method

The vibrations emitted by buildings and rigid materials are invisible to the naked eye but may indicate instability or structural damage depending on how often they happen. Detecting this problem usually requires very specific equipment that can be quite expensive. However, thanks to a new technique developed by researchers at MIT, the cost of these measurements can be decreased without affecting its accuracy. Image courtesy of MIT The researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a system that allows the visualization of structure vibrations. The technique called “motion magnification” uses images captured by high-speed cameras and imaging software that breaks down high-speed […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

Audi have made e diesel fuel from carbon dioxide and water

Yeah that title almost sounds too good to be true huh? But we’re not joking; Audi are reporting that they have invented a carbon-neutral diesel fuel made solely from water, carbon dioxide and renewable energy sources. The clear liquid “e diesel” is currently fuelling the Federal Minister of Education and Research Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka’s Audi A8 3.0 TDI. “This synthetic diesel, made using CO2, is a huge success for our sustainability research. If we can make widespread use of CO2 as a raw material, we will make a crucial contribution to climate protection and the efficient use of resources, and put […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

Perfect landing close thanks to footage of SpaceX rocket crash

There is something exciting about watching a rocket take off. It’s a mixture of the suspense of the countdown to take off, the huge amount of thrust needed and the separation of the boosters. But what happens to the rocket boosters when they have detached from the rocket? This might be something that you have thought of once you have got over the wondrous sight of the rocket blasting into the sky. Of course what goes up must come down and thankfully the rocket boosters usually end up plunging into the ocean. This of course means that they are lost […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

Explain 3D: Understand how things work

Do you remember books like “The Way Things Work“ or “How things work”? These books were best sellers and helped a lot of kids and people understand how things work. Some reviews of these books were: “This book taught me more about technology than my first five years of school…”. There were millions of copies of these books sold. Now, Explain 3D is the future of learning how things work. Explain 3D is a system of interactive educational simulations that can help you to understand how things work. Simulations are built in an interactive 3D environment, which brings fun to learning, […]