Wireless 5G Power Grid

This inkjet-printed prototype of a mm-wave harvester allows devices to pull energy from 5G wireless communication systems out of the air and convert it into electricity
This inkjet-printed prototype of a mm-wave harvester allows devices to pull energy from 5G wireless communication systems out of the air and convert it into electricity
Christopher Moore, Georgia Tech

A team from Georgia Tech has just announced a world-first: a 3D-printed rectifying antenna the size of a playing card that can harvest electromagnetic energy from 5G signals and use it to power devices, turning 5G networks into wireless power grids. read more

61 Megapixel Compact Camera

The fp L is billed as the world's smallest and lightest mirrorless camera with a 61-megapixel full-frame sensor
The fp L is billed as the world’s smallest and lightest mirrorless camera with a 61-megapixel full-frame sensor
Sigma

Back in 2019, Sigma unveiled a 24.6-megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera claimed to be the world’s smallest and lightest. Now the imaging company has turned the fp into a series with the addition of the fp L, which packs a 61-MP full-frame sensor into the same body dimensions as its older sibling. read more

Spongey Water Purification

After floating in a lake for an hour, the device discharges drinkable water when heated by sunlight
After floating in a lake for an hour, the device discharges drinkable water when heated by sunlight
Xiaohui Xu , Princeton University

Ironically, many of the places that most require water purification have the least-developed infrastructure. That’s where a new filtration device comes in, as it’s activated by the sun – and it’s said to perform better than other solar-powered purification systems.

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Synthetic Cell Division

I rarely, if ever, comment or add to any of these science or tech articles, but I have to say – this one worries me. Yes, it’s absolutely fascinating, but it’s sci-fi creepy. This seems to me to be the epitome of just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
Researchers have created a synthetic single-celled organism (not pictured) that can divide properly
Researchers have created a synthetic single-celled organism (not pictured) that can divide properly

For the first time, a team of scientists has created a synthetic single-celled organism that can divide and grow like a regular living cell. This breakthrough could lead to designer cells that can produce useful chemicals on demand or treat disease from inside the body.

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A Brain Cancer Vaccine?

A new vaccine is designed to help train immune cells to target a mutation unique to brain tumors
A new vaccine is designed to help train immune cells to target a mutation unique to brain tumors

A new article published in the journal Nature is reporting promising results from a landmark Phase 1 human trial testing a novel vaccine designed to help a patient’s immune system better target brain tumors. The data suggests the experimental vaccine is safe and stimulates a significant immune response that slows tumor progression. A larger Phase 2 trial is currently being planned. read more

Highly Degrading Bioplastics

Scientists have used waste products from a lumber mill to produce an environmentally friendly bioplastic
Scientists have used waste products from a lumber mill to produce an environmentally friendly bioplastic

Motivated by our growing problem with plastics, which are environmentally damaging both to produce and after they’re disposed of, scientists are tinkering away with more eco-friendly forms of the material.
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Norway’s Stad Ship Tunnel

The Stad Ship Tunnel will reach a length of 1.7 km (1.05 miles)
The Stad Ship Tunnel will reach a length of 1.7 km (1.05 miles)
Kystverket/Snøhetta

Four years after we interviewed one of the engineers tasked with realizing it, Norway’s remarkably ambitious Stad Ship Tunnel has finally been given the thumbs up. Slated to begin construction next year, the tunnel will cut through an entire peninsula, allowing ships to bypass Norway’s most hazardous shipping route. read more

Prehistoric “Eagle Shark”

Aquilolamna milarcae had a shark-like main body, with ray-like wings
Aquilolamna milarcae had a shark-like main body, with ray-like wings
Oscar Sanisidro

The whale shark and the manta ray are perhaps two of the ocean’s most fascinating large fishes. Well, scientists have now announced the discovery of a prehistoric ancestor of both, that looked like a cross between the two. read more

Transparent Solar Cells

A new study has found that crops can grow in greenhouses with built-in transparent solar cells
A new study has found that crops can grow in greenhouses with built-in transparent solar cells

Advances in transparent solar cells mean that soon we might be able to install them into windows and greenhouses. But in the latter case, would they deprive plants of vital sunlight? To find out, researchers at North Carolina State University grew lettuce under various wavelengths of light, and found that the plants did just fine. read more

New Source of Energy – Nanogenerators

A new nanogenerator device could tap into energy sources like ocean waves or body movements
A new nanogenerator device could tap into energy sources like ocean waves or body movements

There are energy sources all over the place, if you know where to look. Researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) have now designed new modular nanogenerators that can harvest energy from a variety of different types of motion, such as ocean waves or a person’s body movements. read more