A ‘bioconcrete’ house that turns rain into drinking water

rainwater

Rain House

This concrete house turns into an oversized water filter every time it rains. Rainwater runs from the roof through a custom-designed system and ends up in a cistern, clean enough to drink. A demonstration building was on display during Milan Design Week last month, complete with a fake cloud overhead to show it in action. (Photos)

 

 

Continue reading… “A ‘bioconcrete’ house that turns rain into drinking water”

Mark Cuban invests in PowerPot, a pot that charges your smartphone by boiling water

mark cuban powerpot

Mark Cuban invests in PowerPot.

The PowerPot is an awesome device that charges your phone by boiling water in a pot. The device has just become the next hot thing, thanks to its appearance on ABC’s hit reality show, “Shark Tank.” (Video)

 

 

Continue reading… “Mark Cuban invests in PowerPot, a pot that charges your smartphone by boiling water”

New water desalination technology makes ocean water drinkable

drinking water

New method devised using a small electrical field that will remove the salt from seawater.

Chemists with the University of Texas and the University of Marburg have devised a method of using a small electrical field that will remove the salt from seawater.

 

Continue reading… “New water desalination technology makes ocean water drinkable”

Discovery of water-containing gem points to vast oceans beneath the Earth

diamond

Diamond sample containing the hydrous ringwoodite.

The Earth’s transition zone is the part of the Earth that exists between the upper and lower mantle. Scientists often theorize what lies in the transition zone. Many believe that the transition zone contains a lot of water, but there was no proof to support that idea. A group of geologists from the University of Alberta uncovered a water-containing gem that finally confirms this theory: there is water, possibly massive oceans of it, deep beneath the Earth’s surface.

 

 

Continue reading… “Discovery of water-containing gem points to vast oceans beneath the Earth”

Graphene oxide could offer a solution to unlocking our most abundant water source

graphene-oxide-water-filter

Dr Rahul Nair demonstrates a graphene-based membrane device.

Many of us struggle to satisfy our thirst even though we live on a water world.  That is because the Earth’s oceans are salty. Just 2.5% of the Earth’s water is freshwater, and of that, 60% is trapped in glaciers, 30% in groundwater (not all of which is accessible), and just 10% is on the surface in lakes and rivers.

 

 

Continue reading… “Graphene oxide could offer a solution to unlocking our most abundant water source”

NASA plans to make water and oxygen on the surface of the Moon and Mars by 2020

apollo-17-jack-schmitt

NASA is taking steps that could lead to colonization of other planets.

NASA is working on plans to make water, oxygen, and hydrogen on the surface of the Moon and Mars. It is vital that we find a way of extracting these vital gases and liquids from moons and planets if we ever want to colonize other planets, rather than transporting them from Earth (which is prohibitively expensive, due to Earth’s gravity). The current plan is to land a rover on the Moon in 2018 that will try to extract hydrogen, water, and oxygen — and then hopefully, Curiosity’s successor will try to convert the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into oxygen in 2020 when it lands on Mars.

 

 

Continue reading… “NASA plans to make water and oxygen on the surface of the Moon and Mars by 2020”

Top 13 ‘Futurist Speaker’ Columns in 2013

Futurist Thomas Frey: 2013 has been a year of considerable change for both me and the rest of our team at the DaVinci Institute. While most of what you see here on Futurist Speaker is about my research, thinking, and philosophy on the future, I thought this might be a good time to step back and fill you in on the people behind everything you’re reading.

 

 

Continue reading… “Top 13 ‘Futurist Speaker’ Columns in 2013”

MIT’s fog harvesting technology brings water to deserts

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2invVwyC6k[/youtube]

Deserts may not have a lot of water like in rivers or lakes or aquifers but that doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t a lot of water around somewhere. Many desert-dwelling plants and animals have adapted to extract water from the air itself, relying on fog that reliably shows up in deserts near warm oceans.

 

Continue reading… “MIT’s fog harvesting technology brings water to deserts”

Discover the Hidden Patterns of Tomorrow with Futurist Thomas Frey
Unlock Your Potential, Ignite Your Success.

By delving into the futuring techniques of Futurist Thomas Frey, you’ll embark on an enlightening journey.

Learn More about this exciting program.