Tagged: Water

Stamp-sized, sun-powered device purifies water in minutes

Stamp-sized water disinfecting device

People in many parts of the world cleanse water by leaving it in plastic bottle for long hours under the sun to let UV rays kill microbes. Since, this is a very time consuming process (UV rays, that form only 4 percent of the sun’s total energy, can take up to a couple of days to purify water), engineers at the Stanford University and SLAC National Laboratory have noticed the problem and have developed a small device that works on the energy of the sun to kill 99.99 percent germs in water in only 20 minutes. Read More…

Scientists create bionic leaf that converts solar energy into liquid fuel

Bionic Leaf by Harvard University Scientists

The quest for creating biofuel using renewable sources of energy or in-fact using renewable sources of energy for sustainable living has always been on humankind’s priority list. Sun being one abundant source of energy that will last for another millions of years safeguards our future once non-renewable sources have depleted to alarming levels. Scientists at the Harvard University have made a breakthrough in creating biofuel which will change the complexion of the near future. Called as Bionic Leaf 2.0, this one is better than the previous one created by them.
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This bike water bottle collects vapors from humid air and makes it drinkable

Fontus solar powered water bottle filter

As a biker you are constantly in need of hydration and water is the best source to go for. But what happens when you have been pedaling for miles and there is no water in your sipper or anyplace nearby? To get over this problem Austrian startup Fontus has developed a water bottle that extracts water vapors from the air and then filters it to give you one less worry while on your adventure. The solar-powered water bottle has a hydrophobic surface which sucks any traces of water particles from the air and then filters it at the rate of 0.5 liters per hour.
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Self-sustainable robot cleans water pollution on its own

Rowbot robot

Water pollution is an issue of major concern for developed countries and no doubting researchers want to end it before things go out of hand. In this persistent effort another eye-catchy contribution comes from a team at Bristol University in UK who have developed a self-sustainable robot that feeds on water pollution. Row-Bot is a robot that cleans dirty water bodies infested with microbes and pollution, making them a source of energy to further hunt down the waters for more pollution.
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Super-hydrophobic material bounces water droplets off the surface like marbles

Super hydrophobic material that bounces water

We just might have witnessed the world’s completely waterproof material that is super-hydrophobic. Yes, a material so hard to get wet that even water droplets bounce off it like a crazy ball. Developed by Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Julie Crockett and her colleague Dan Maynes in a basement lab at Brigham Young University (BYU) campus, this super hydrophobic surface is a part of the research that is aimed at finding such materials.
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Rolls Royce engine powered Aeroboat speedboat

Rolls Royce powered Aeroboat speed boat

Drawing inspiration from the Spitfire fighter plane, Yacht design studio Claydon Reeves has made Rolls Royce powered Aeroboat that is going to be revealed at the Salute to Style event in July. The high-performance speed boat is stamped with British class and exuberance all over it, specifically targeted for the elite buyers. This stylish speedboat is made from carbon fiber material to keep the overall weight low and dressed in Kevlar and lightwood veneer material for a very elegant look that suits the elite class.
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Scientists demonstrate water as an effective substitute to printer ink

Water-jet rewriteable paper

It is understandable that some of us like to read our stuff on printed material. But does that justify the wastage of paper, especially when it concerns those neatly laid out one-time emails or insignificant office notifications? In the present era, where cutting costs and ecological impacts stand out as crucial issues, statistics reveal some startlingly ‘lazy’, uninspiring figures. Around 40 percent of all office printed papers are just used for a single time! In fact, according to EPA’s estimation, USA generated over a whopping 70 million tons of paper related waste in 2011 alone. But as it turns out, everything is not so bleak in the long run; some Chinese researchers have potentially found a solution to this high cost predicament of printing ink. As a result, they have devised a set-up that remarkably utilizes water instead of conventional printing ink.

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The advanced Exosuit is tailored for complex underwater tasks

Exosuit by Nuytco Research Ltd

While the suit might have that buzz of Buzz Lightyear, the contrivance has actually been designed for ‘infinity and beyond’ below the water surfaces of the earth (remember Pacific Rim!). Developed and built by Canadian company Nuytco Research Ltd, the hard metal apparel is christened simply as the Exosuit. So what is its envisioned functionality? Well, according to the designers and researchers involved, the robust suit with its integrated technology allows divers to easily operate at a substantial 1000 ft below water-level, while still endowing them with freedom and flexibility to achieve complex tasks.

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Eco3Spray transforms regular water into germ-neutralizing ozone

Eco3Spray cleaner

Most large-scale catering facilities utilize the chemical element of chlorine for sanitizing purposes. But there are certain disadvantages to the ambit of chlorine usage, firstly because of their relatively pungent odor, and secondly and more importantly, because of their propensity to leave residues in tanks and compartments. Well, the futuristic looking Eco3Spray counters this chlorine related predicament with its patented diamond electrolysis cell. This built-in mechanism allows the hand-held spray bottle to remarkably transform regular tap water (H2O) into ozone (O3). And, the dissolved ozone by virtue of its bleaching property is used to safely eliminate harmful micro-organisms such as E.coli, salmonella and other bacterial intrusions.

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Easybreath snorkeling mask allows natural breathing underwater

Tribord Easybreath snorkeling mask

One basic problem with snorkel masks for underwater adventures is the comfort level while wearing it and the awkward breathing method through your mouth. It just doesn’t feel natural with your nose closed and taking air through your mouth. Also there are many other problems with snorkel masks like water entering into the mask itself and creating a panic for a novice diver or the natural instinct of breathing through the nose creating fog in the mask rendering visibility to zero. This was a challenge for designers at Tribord to come up with a unique design that would not require the diver to breathe through the mouth and also eliminated any chance of fog being created. And hence came to life the an award winning (2014 Oxylane Innovation Awards)Easybreath snorkeling mask that is a full-face snorkeling mask which allows you to breathe naturally underwater, just as you would do when out of water. Easybreath snorkeling mask makes it possible with double air-flow system that keeps out all the condensation that can be produced on the mask itself.
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