Water from Air!

If you have water (H2O), you can take just the oxygen (O2) from it. If you have Oxygen, can you take water from it? That would have been the fantastic innovation which could serve the entire humanity. Many people claim that World War III will be triggered mainly because of water scarcity. Few brilliant scientists invented a method that would save this world from another war! Aqua Sciences Inc, Florida, USA, invented the method to pull drinking water from the air, even in the driest parts of the world! Similar systems work effectively only in places with high humidity. The…

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Young Scientists

Forty Finalists were chosen from thousands of middle school competitors in Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge (DCYSC). It’s amazing to see the level of thinking and creativity among these young children. The DCYSC is designed to award students in the 5th through 8th grades for their knowledge of science and their ability to communicate effectively about science. First prize of $20,000 scholarship is awarded to Erik Gustafson who is just 11! He demonstrated the connection between acid rain and river stream. Second prize winner is Katherine Strube, 14. She won $10,000 scholarship. She hypothesized that if power and/or water temperature…

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Energy Supply From Exercise

Do you know that an average person produces up to 300 watts of electricity during a 45 minute exercise session which is enough to power a washing machine for an hour? A couple of smart PhD students created a prototype for a system that can harness electricity from exercise bikes, rowing machines, treadmills and cross-trainers and use it to power the gyms themselves. Gym equipment would be attached to generators or a central power source that could convert kinetic energy from movement into mechanical energy. I am sure gyms will be interested in any device that will save them even…

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Great Pictures of NASA’s Endeavour STS-118

I got these great pictures from my buddy. NASA’s STS-118 was a Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station flown by Space Shuttle Endeavour. STS-118 successfully lifted off on August 8, 2007 at Kennedy Space Center, Florida and landed at the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center on August 21, 2007. Look at the view and quality of these pictures, just breathtaking! These pictures are adjusted in size to fit this page. Click here to view these pictures in actual size. Related Link: Space Shuttle Endeavour NASA Endeavour Endeavor STS 118

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GPS Shield Provides Faster Tsunami Alerts

A “GPS shield” that works in real time could save lives by quickly warning of potential tsunamis. The German-Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System (GITEWS) is being developed by a team led by Jörn Lauterjung of the National Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, Germany. Unlike the earlier methods which detect seismic waves transmitted through the Earth’s crust to distant receivers, the new ground-based system takes real-time measurements of vertical ground motion – the type of fault movement more likely to produce tsunamis (Ref: American Geophysical Union) The conception aims at achieving indicators of a tsunami and its dimension by the…

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Worst is Yet to Come?

Powerful earthquakes struck Indonesia for a third day Friday, terrorizing thousands of people who slept outside in fear of tsunami and falling debris. Seismologists warned that the worst may be yet to come. They are afraid that powerful aftershocks like the ones happened today will lead to a “big one”. Read more about this in Yahoo. This is a bad news for all Asian countries and Australia. Definitely a bad news for Tamilnadu and Andhra coastal areas. So, watch out if you live in those areas.

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Move the Train with Your Brain

A new technology in Japan could let you control electronic devices without lifting a finger simply by reading brain activity. The “brain-machine interface” developed by Hitachi Inc. analyzes slight changes in the brain’s blood flow and translates brain motion into electric signals. A cap connects by optical fibers to a mapping device, which links, in turn, to a toy train set via a control computer and motor during one recent demonstration at Hitachi’s Advanced Research Laboratory in Hatoyama, just outside Tokyo. “Take a deep breath and relax,” said Kei Utsugi, a researcher, while demonstrating the device. At his prompting, a…

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New Laser May Change Life!

Some companies are developing a laser called “Ultrashort Pulse (USP) Lasers”. Barry Schuler, the former CEO of AOL, started a company called “Raydiance” to use USP laser technology. Barry claims that USP laser can cut metal, kill cancer tumors, heal burns and may even replace big fat saw ““ without generating any heat. Scientists are excited about this “no-heat” thing. This is important because heat will kill healthy tissues also when you focus laser on tissues that need to be removed. Scientists have long known that USP lasers could do cool things, literally, by cutting without generating heat. But the…

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Stressless Parallel Parking

Have you ever struggled to do parallel parking? I do, every time. I came across a good article about parallel parking from fearlessdriver.com. It has some practical tips about doing parallel parking without bumping into other cars. If someone can write the tutorial about how to drive in Bangalore’s messy traffic, that would be nice!

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NAS Inducts Two Indian Americans

National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a corporation in the US whose members serve as advisers to the government on science, engineering and medicine. Getting into NAS is a big deal for all scientists. Recently, two Indian Americans are inducted into the prestigious NAS in Washington. In recognition of their distinguished achievements in original research, physicist Katepalli Sreenivasan and agricultural economist Prabhu Pingali were among the 18 foreign associates included in the academy last week. Sreenivasan, a world-renowned experimental physicist whose major fields of interest are fluid dynamics and turbulence, is currently a professor of physics and mechanical engineering at…

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