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Scientists Create Remarkable Graphene Filter

Scientists Create Remarkable Graphene Filter

A team of Australian scientists recently demonstrated a graphene filter capable of purifying water from anywhere, including Sydney Harbour. The water filtration system was developed using a material called “Graphair.” Graphene is normally created through an energy-intensive process involving chemical vapor deposition onto metal substrates. Graphair, however, is made from soybean oil, which is both… Continue Reading

Ontario Faces Uncertain Future with Carbon Tax

Ontario Faces Uncertain Future with Carbon Tax

  Ontario’s carbon pricing system, which went into effect last year, was designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions by putting caps on the amount of pollution companies in certain industries can emit. Any company exceeding those limits must purchase allowances, either during quarterly auctions or from other companies which are well under their limits. The… Continue Reading

China Opens Solar Highway, Closes in Under a Week

China Opens Solar Highway, Closes in Under a Week

  China recently built a solar highway in the city of Jinan. The Jinan South Ring Expressway, developed by the Qilu Transportation Development Group, is comprised of three layers: insulation, photovoltaic panels, and translucent concrete. “The top layer has good flexibility, which can both withstand the pressure of large vehicles and protect the fragile amorphous… Continue Reading

Shed a tear for science? University researchers in Ireland harvest electricity from tears

Shed a tear for science? University researchers in Ireland harvest electricity from tears

University of Limerick’s Bernal Institute in Ireland was recently home to a startling discovery when researchers discovered that lysozyme crystals found in tears yield an electric current when pressurized, a quality termed piezoelectricity. Findings were published in an October 2nd report in the journal, Applied Physics Letters. According to Aimee Stapleton, Bernal Institute physicist and… Continue Reading

WindTwin digital platform increases efficiency on wind farms and tests maintenance upgrades

WindTwin digital platform increases efficiency on wind farms and tests maintenance upgrades

​Engineers at Brunel Innovation Centre are developing a digital platform that increases efficiency for a fraction of the cost. The virtual mission platform, WindTwin, operates as a control panel, giving live condition checks on wind farms. Data fed from sound sensors will predict upcoming repair needs, allowing maintenance to be conducted before damage is done.… Continue Reading

Solar Challenge 3,000 kilometer “race” tests solar capabilities and technologies

Solar Challenge 3,000 kilometer “race” tests solar capabilities and technologies

​The future of automotive technology is vastly changing. As Toyota makes waves with its Concept-i series and its new tech company, other companies and innovators are following suit and making their own mark on the world. ​The annual World Solar Challenge, which began in 1987, has seen fierce competition. This year, a Dutch family car… Continue Reading

Air-Breathing battery development increases storage capacity with greater longevity at a fraction of the cost of other batteries.

Air-Breathing battery development increases storage capacity with greater longevity at a fraction of the cost of other batteries.

  A team of researchers from MIT have developed an air-breathing battery capable of storing electricity with greater longevity and at a fraction of the cost of other energy sources. The development solves intermittency issues that often keep power sources from connecting to the grid. Yet-Ming Chiang, Kyocera Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at… Continue Reading

Bill Gates betting we can invent our way to a clean energy world

Bill Gates betting we can invent our way to a clean energy world

One of the world’s wealthiest businessmen and philanthropists hopes to serve as a catalyst in finding speedier solutions to the world’s climate change problems. Bill Gates of Microsoft has teamed with Mark Zuckerberg and a dozen or so other billionaires and high-profile institutions to launch the Breakthrough Energy Coalition. Gates has pledged $2 billion of… Continue Reading

Alphabet’s Chairman praises Toronto technology as Google’s Sidewalk Labs announces living “technology lab” for Toronto Portlands

Alphabet’s Chairman praises Toronto technology as Google’s Sidewalk Labs announces living “technology lab” for Toronto Portlands

Google’s Sidewalk Labs spent two-years scouring North America, Europe and Australia for the best place to develop and test the urban technologies of the future — and decided on the Portlands of Toronto, in large part because of leadership in technology.     Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt actually praised Toronto and Canada’s encouragement of… Continue Reading

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