Posted by Lara Lopes

Click Your Heels To Escape Bad Situations With “Dorothy”

Remember the movie “The Wizard of Oz” when Dorothy clicks her heels three times, repeating “There’s no place like home”? How useful would that be during a horrible date or any other unpleasant situation where you just wish someone would call you to get you out? Well, there is a new gadget made to give any mortal that same power. Inspired by the story of the “Wizard of Oz”, IStrategy Labs thought of an easy and practical way to get you out of such awkward situations. They created “Dorothy,” and App that connects to the “Ruby”, a small Bluetooth connected device […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

Electricity grows on trees in Israel thanks to the eTree

The old saying that money doesn’t grow on trees is unfortunately correct but when it comes to electricity growing on trees a company from Israel decided to make it reality. Sologic came up with the eTree, a tree-like structure with solar panel leaves which doubles as a meeting spot and a place to recharge electronic devices and connect to the internet. [Image Courtesy of Sologic] The eTree is part of a social-environmental enterprise along with being an ecological sculpture. The company behind it wants to promote awareness of the environment and sustainability by bonding the environment and community together. [Image Courtesy […]

Posted by Lara Lopes

Volvo Car’s 360º View Technology Can Predict and Avoid Accidents

According to a study conducted by the University of Michigan using 2008 data from the World Health Organization, 2.1% of deaths in the world are caused by car accidents. A new technology developed by Volvo Cars is seeking a way to help zero this number. The car manufacturer has been dedicating the last four years to the “Non-Hit Car and Truck” project, which is to create sensors that monitor a 360º view around the car in order to avoid crashes. The project is expected to be finished by December and is being done in collaboration with universities, institutions and the automotive industry. According to the […]

Posted by Lara Lopes

Electrical Engineer Creates Self-Sufficient Solar Roadways

The electrical engineer Scott Brusaw developed a system of roads to try to change the highways of the United States. The initiative is based on roads made ​​of solar panels that are able to capture and use solar energy. The project started being implemented in sidewalks, bike paths, patios, parking lots and playgrounds before being inserted in the street. Besides providing a more sustainable transportation system, these roads could also bring socioeconomic benefits for the population. If used on a national scale, the roads could generate enough energy to sustain the consumption of a whole country, replacing hydropower, nuclear power […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

Vending Machine in China Dispenses Live Crabs

A vending machine that popped up on a street in Hangzhou, the capital of east China’s Zhejiang province, is actually selling live crabs. The crustaceans vary in size and price and customers pay around 20 and 60 yuan ($3.20 and $9.60). The crabs, which are restocked daily, are chilled to 5C which keeps them motionless in a dormant state. Once dispensed, the crabs slowly come back to normal function and begin moving again. They are even sold with the appropriate condiments, crab vinegar and two bags of ginger tea. “Crab shops like ours, they generally close at night,” said Mr. Liu, the vending machine’s owner. Liu, […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

Elon Musk’s Million Man Plan for Mars Colony

Elon Musk, known as the real-life Tony Stark, PayPal founder, Tesla CEO, and SpaceX CEO/CTO, has recently had one of the greatest business months of his life. His companies collectively announced a Nevada state deal to build the largest battery factory in the world, announced a deal to build the largest solar factory in the western hemisphere, successfully launched the 4th dragon capsule resupply mission to the international space station, successfully launched asiasat 6 into geosynchronous transfer orbit, and won a major billion dollar NASA contract for manned space flight. It seems that he now feels it’s time to set about his Mars […]