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A New Device Uses Sunlight to Create Drinking Water From Air
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 663 million people — one in ten — lack access to safe water. Fully one-third of the world’s population lacks plumbing enough to have access to a toilet—that’s more than 2.4 billion people. A 2016 report found that water shortages affect two-thirds of...
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NASA has released a global map of the Earth at night for the first time since 2012, using the powerful Suomi NPP satellite and complex computer algorithms to give us our best look yet at our planet in darkness. The newly improved, high-resolution graphics can help scientists plot population patterns,...
This New Graphene-Based Electrode Could Boost Solar Storage by 3,000%
A new breakthrough in the search to recycle carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere into carbon neutral fuels and others materials has been achieved. The international team of chemists responsible was led by Liang-shi Li from the University of Indiana. The researchers have designed a molecule that uses electricity or...
fusion energy
The UK's newest fusion reactor, ST40, was switched on last week, and has already managed to achieve 'first plasma' - successfully generating a scorching blob of electrically-charged gas (or plasma) within its core. The aim is for the tokamak reactor to heat plasma up to 100 million degrees Celsius (180...
No Brain-Damaging Blood Loss Okay, so it’s not every day you hear about a real life head transplant, but there is such a thing. In fact, research into transplanting heads has been around for a while now, with the first known two-headed animal experiments dating as far back as the...
Scientists have developed a retinal implant that can restore lost vision in rats, and are planning to trial the procedure in humans later this year. The implant, which converts light into an electrical signal that stimulates retinal neurons, could give hope to millions who experience retinal degeneration – including retinitis...
The human body is probably the most studied biological system ever. You’d think that by now we’d know all there is to know about our lungs, skin, and kidneys. But time and again, scientists keep uncovering yet another facet of our own make-up. Now, researchers have discovered four new...
While astronauts have successfully grown plants and vegetables aboard the International Space Station, NASA scientists at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida are collaborating with a university team to develop long-term methods that could help sustain pioneers working in deep space. Agency researchers believe while there are many challenges for...
Scientists have concluded that octopuses have alien DNA after the latest research carried out. These animals' genome is way more complicated than any other genomes that have been seen until now, with 33,000 protein-coding genes. The oceans of the world still have lots of unsolved mysteries and we are now...
It should come as no surprise that science fiction writers have often provided prescient glimpses of future technologies. From the advanced submarine imagined by Jules Verne in his 1870 novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea to the spacecraft described by H.G. Wells in his 1897 novel The War of...

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