Spray-on antenna for low power wireless everywhere

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There may be a simple solution to your lack of a wireless signal soon. Scientists have developed a spray-on coating that can boost your phone’s reception, make your home amplify signals instead of attenuating them, or even turn a tree into a transmitter.

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2 Billion Jobs to Disappear by 2030

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A picture of me speaking at yesterday’s TEDxReset in Istanbul.

Futurist Thomas Frey: Yesterday I was honored to be one of the featured speakers at the TEDxReset Conference in Istanbul, Turkey where I predicted that over 2 billion jobs will disappear by 2030. Since my 18-minute talk was about the rapidly shifting nature of colleges and higher education, I didn’t have time to explain how and why so many jobs would be going away. Because of all of the questions I received afterwards, I will do that here.

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Top 10 worst home energy hogs

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Set top boxes uses an average of 28.286 watts while off.

Electricity prices have been relentlessly rising over the past decade.  That has made many consumers more conscientious about how they use electric power. Many of those conscientious people may find it frustrating — to put it mildly — that their daily or even hourly efforts to turn off devices they’re not using hasn’t delivered the results they’d expected.

 

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The world’s smallest battery is six times thinner than a bacterium

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Powerful but oh so small!

Your watch battery isn’t small. This battery is small. At six times thinner than a bacterium, Rice University’s new battery is 60,000 times smaller than a AAA battery…

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New device captures ambient energy from the air to power small electronic devices

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Professor Manos Tentzeris displays an inkjet-printed rectifying antenna used to convert microwave energy to DC power.

Researchers have found a way to capture and harness energy transmitted by such sources as radio and television transmitters, cell phone networks and satellite communications systems. By getting this ambient energy from the air around us, the technique could provide a new way to power networks of wireless sensors, microprocessors and communications chips.

 

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Cable boxes are the single largest nonstop power drain in American homes

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There are 160 million set-top boxes in the United States.

That cable box that sits on top of your television and ushers in cable signals and digital recording capacity into tv has become the single largest electricity drain in many American homes.  Some typical home entertainment configurations eat more power than a new refrigerator and even some central air-conditioning systems.

 

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9 Renewable Energy Solutions Small Enough to Fit in Your Pocket

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Pocket power.

Why shoud you care about being green if there’s nothing in it for you?  The reason you should care about renewable energy is that it gives you lots of ways to start generating your own energy to power all those energy hungry gadgets you love.  You won’t even notice that you’re doing it thanks to future technology. (Pics)

 

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NASA Makes Longer, Straighter Piezoelectric Nanowires in Microgravity

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Microgravity provides nano solutions.

Piezoelectric nanowires are the stuff that make power-generating pants a possibility, and that prodigious potential has drawn the attention of NASA. You see, self-powered spacesuits are awfully attractive to our nation’s space agency, and a few of its finest student researchers have discovered that the current-creating strands of zinc oxide can be made longer and straighter — and therefore more powerful — when freed from gravity’s unrelenting pull. That means nanowires grown in microgravity could lead to higher capacity batteries and the aforementioned juice-generating interstellar garb…

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Human Heartbeat Could be Used to Charge an iPod

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The latest device is thousands of times more powerful than its predecessors, allowing scientists to take the technology out of the lab for the first time.

The human heartbeat could be used to power an ipod after scientists developed a tiny chip which uses the body’s own movement to generate power.  Scientists hope that as the nanotechnology used in the chip evolves, it could lead to electronics which don’t require batteries or mains power.

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