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The solar-powered plane that can fly through the night...

The solar-powered plane that can fly through the night…

The world's first solar-powered plane is capable of soaring through the skies without a drop of fuel - even after the sun has set. The unique design of the Solar Impulse HB-SIA - which has a wingspan greater than a Boeing 747 yet weighs less than some family cars - means it can absorb enough

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EWICON bladeless wind turbine generates electricity using charged water droplets

EWICON bladeless wind turbine generates electricity using charged water droplets

Wind energy may be one of the more sustainable sources of power available, but the spinning blades of conventional wind turbines require regular maintenance and have attracted criticism from bird lovers. That might explain why we've seen wind turbine prototypes that enclose the blades in a cham

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The Next Great Urban Vehicle Might Be This Foldable Bike

The Next Great Urban Vehicle Might Be This Foldable Bike

Many of the frustrations that come from living in big cities are ultimately tied to our vehicles. Dirty and dusty air, foggy skies, crowded streets, fights over parking spots and traffic jams can all damper our moods. For many, other methods of personal transportation, such as bicycles and

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Man Wriggles Rat's Tail Using Only His Thoughts

Man Wriggles Rat’s Tail Using Only His Thoughts

By linking the brains of a human and a rat, scientists have now helped a man wiggle a rodent's tail using only the man's thoughts. These new findings are the first case of a brain-to-brain interface between species, and the first example of a noninvasive brain-to-brain interface, researchers

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'Artificial Leaf' Gains the Ability to Self-Heal Damage

‘Artificial Leaf’ Gains the Ability to Self-Heal Damage

Another innovative feature has been added to the world's first practical "artificial leaf," making the device even more suitable for providing people in developing countries and remote areas with electricity, scientists reported in New Orleans on April 8. It gives the leaf the ability to self-he

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Scientists track leukaemia's origins 'back to the womb'

Scientists track leukaemia’s origins ‘back to the womb’

Scientists say they have traced the root genetic cause of leukaemia back to early life in the womb. The Institute of Cancer Research experts analysed the entire three billion letter sequence of DNA-coding in identical twins to reveal what sets off the disease. They hope the findings, published

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Geckos Can Grip in Water

Geckos Can Grip in Water

Scientists have long known that geckos can scurry up walls, Spider-Man style. But less well understood is how these reptiles cling to wet surfaces, which are common in their rainy tropical habitats. The answer, a new study reveals, is that a gecko's sticky toes enable the animal to walk across

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How chewing gum can boost your brain power

How chewing gum can boost your brain power

Most of us don’t think twice about it, but chewing — mastication — has implications for our health. The way we chew, for instance, can alter our digestion, teeth and even our face shape. And new research suggests how often we chew could even affect our brain power. H

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Mars sand dunes may hint at water beneath

Mars sand dunes may hint at water beneath

Shifting dunes on Mars, especially those near the planet's north pole, may harbor layers of liquid water not far beneath their ice-encrusted surfaces. That is the implication of studies of sand dunes in Alaska's Kobuk Valley National Park, some 380 miles northwest of Fairbanks. There, abov

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Spectrolab claims record efficiency for new solar cell

Spectrolab claims record efficiency for new solar cell

Spectrolab, a Boeing subsidiary known for the manufacture of solar cells for satellites and spacecraft, has in recent years turned its attention to terrestrial solar cells to tap into the expanding alternative energy market. Now the California-based company has claimed a new solar cell efficiency

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