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New York Will Transform A Landfill Into A Solar Plant

Fresh Kills used to be New York's largest landfill, until it was shutdown back in 2001. Seven years later a project would be started - to turn this massive landfill into a park, one of the biggest around. More recently it has been announced that the construction of a solar plant is part of this landfill's conversion.

EcoQube On Kickstarter! Mini-Farm & Aquarium Combines Sustainability With Beauty

Aquariums are universally fascinating, but they're usually a hassle to maintain. The EcoQube is a very low maintenance aquarium for fish and plants that successfully thrive off of each other, and it's being crowdsourced now on Kickstarter. It's a must have!

Need This New Invention? All-In-One Credit Card App

The challenge these days can be to fit all of your credit, debit, and gift cards into your wallet without suffering strain to your back to lift it afterwards. It has been a sort of Holy Grail of computer apps and devices for some time. Coin is a new device and app to address this problem. It isn't a different kind of payment system, but a way to keep all your cards on one hand-held device.

This Little Robot Flies Through The Air Like A Jellyfish

Most flying machines imitate creatures of the sky with their designs. That might not be wholly necessary. Turns out not everything without wings is grounded - researchers at New York University have created a flying robot modeled after a jellyfish. It works very, very well.

 

Briggo Coffee Vending Machines: The Future Of Coffee Brewing?

Vending machines are among the most popular business concepts out there - at least according to our readers! And you know what else is incredibly popular with the masses? Coffee! Now these two things are being combined, there's a new concept that just might be the best in the world.

Need This New Invention? Inexpensive Test For Cancer

A test for early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer that costs only 3¢ per test to produce has been discovered. It is not the product of a long-suffering scientist spending years hidden in his lab, nor that of a large medical corporation with millions of dollars to spend. No indeed. It was developed by a 14-year-old science nerd who looks like a cross between Harry Potter and actor Mitchell Musso.

Robots From Space Being Used To Help Treat Breast Cancer

The core robotics technology used to maintain the International Space Station is finding a new use back on the blue planet - breast cancer treatment. A device under development at the Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation is using space-age robotics to automate the breast biopsy process.

How A Lego Robotics Competition Produced A New Tornado Warning App

So, there's kind of a problem with current storm warning systems: they're awful and horrendously archaic.  A group of students aged 8 to 13 participating in a global Lego robotics competition noticed this. Together, they've devised an application designed to modernize storm warnings.

Remote-Controlled Robots Now Offer Long Distance Medical Care

The next time you go to a hospital, you might not be speaking to a doctor - not directly, anyway. An increasing number of hospitals in California and several neighboring states have started to phase in robots that allow Doctors to communicate remotely with their patients.

How Do You Feel About A Robot Reading Your Mind?

The concept of a robot that's actually capable of reading a user's thoughts sounds like a sci fi pipe dream. It's not, though: the University of Cincinatti's Anca Ralescu and her team last week revealed that they're working on a piece of technology which, when completed, could change the world.