New Solar Cell Design is Modeled After Bugs Eyes

By Anthony Watts – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

Insect eyes inspire new solar cell design from Stanford

Packing tiny solar cells together, like micro-lenses in the compound eye of an insect, could pave the way to a new generation of advanced photovoltaics, say Stanford University scientists.

Schematic of a compound solar cell, where a hexagonal scaffold (gray) is used to partition perovskite (black) into microcells to provide mechanical and chemical stability. CREDIT Courtesy: Dauskardt Lab/Stanford University

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A Study on the Design Possibilities Enabled by Rope-Less, Non-Vertical Elevators Project

From the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Project Started: September 2016
Anticipated Project Completion: September 2018
Funding Sponsor: thyssenkrupp AG
Principal Investigators: Dario Trabucco, CTBUH and Antony Wood, CTBUH
The CTBUH research project, “A Study on the Design Possibilities Enabled by Rope-less, Non-vertical Elevators,” has received $264,000 in funding from thyssenkrupp AG to embark on an ambitious 24-month comprehensive study. The research will investigate how technological innovation in elevators, specifically rope-less non-vertical cabins, could impact the design outcomes of tall buildings and cities. The study seeks to remove the evolutionary bottleneck created by exclusively vertical elevator systems, as conventional systems to date have limited the height and influenced the shape of skyscrapers, which have historically been designed as a vertical repetition of floors.

To support this research, a Steering Committee and various Expert Panels were formed, which will be crucial for generating and evaluating the final results of this research.

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Tech Experts Disagree Wildly on the Future Impact of AI

By Tom Ward – Re-Blogged From Futurism

In Brief
  • Elon Musk has given a doomsday prophecy on the topic of AI, going as far as to invest $1 billion into researching how to use it safely.
  • Other experts have different perspectives on the future of AI, but all are agreed that this is an important topic, and how we use this powerful technology must be thoroughly thought through.

The AI Debate

Our technology prophets are talking in the lexicon of magic, gods, and monsters when it comes to artificial intelligence (AI). They predict every scenario from utopias to apocalypses, overlords to angels.

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Scientists Are Using CRISPR To “Program” Living Cells

By Dom Galeon – Re-Blogged From Futurism

Scientists from the University of Washington have constructed digital logic gates in living cells. Though they’re not the first to do so, the researchers’ living circuitry is the largest and most complex of any created thus far.

Living Circuits

Thanks to projects like Elon Musk’s Neuralink, a future in which humankind merges with machines is on everyone’s minds. While a brain computer interface (BCI) like the one Musk is proposing would involve making a computer function as part of a human body, other researchers are taking an opposite route. Instead of making machines that can imitate biology, they’re looking for ways to make biological systems function more like computers.

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Stanford Engineers Develop New Air Filter That Could Help Beijing Residents Breathe Easily

By Bjorn Carey – Re-Blogged From http://news.stanford.edu

Stanford’s Yi Cui and his students have turned a material commonly used in surgical gloves into a low-cost, highly efficient air filter. It could be used to improve facemasks and window screens, and maybe even scrub the exhaust from power plants.

Video by Kurt Hickman

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A Robot Just Performed the First-Ever Surgery Inside the Human Eye

Re-Blogged From https://futurism.com

A new retinal surgery, guided by human surgeons but performed by robots, has just passed clinical trials. Robots bring much more control to delicate surgeries than can be achieved by humans alone. Soon, surgical robots will enable surgeons to perform entirely new operations which the human hand, until now, has been too clumsy to accomplish.

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New Dialysis-Style Treatment ‘Washes’ Blood of Cancer Cells

By June Javelosa – Re-Blogged From https://futurism.com

In Brief

A significant milestone in cancer research sees the development of a new system that can dramatically pull down the cost of cancer treatment and reduce risk of cancer spreading by cleaning cancer from the blood.

Milestone

A team of researchers from the University of New South Wales (NSW) have developed a new system that can potentially lower the cost of cancer treatment using biochip filters that identify and remove cancer cells. The team refers to the process as “dialysis for cancer.”

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