Recent Discoveries and Breakthroughs

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Could Bionic Plants Be The New Solar Cell?

Photosynthesis – the means by which plants are able to convert sunlight and carbon dioxide to useable chemical energy -- is one of the more remarkable natural feats. Scientists have long sought to exploit the process as a method of more efficiently harvesting solar energy, but have so far been thwarted by relatively low efficiencies. Now a research team has found a nanobioengineering technique using carbon nanotubes to dramatically increase light absorption and enhance energy generation by nearly 50%.

Wearable Tech: The New Attainable, Unstainable White Shirt

For years the clothing industry has sought a fabric that could repel stains. The white shirt particularly, has always been the most susceptible garment  to suffer from irreversible stains, but no more. Read on to learn more about the amazing unstainable white shirt.

Black Silicon Solar Cells Smash Efficiency Record

Scientists in Finland have achieved record-breaking 22.1% photovoltaic efficiency using a nanostructured material known as black silicon. In a field known for progressing in minute steps, this result, which is a full 4% higher than any previous black silicon cell is particularly remarkable and brings this new photovoltaic material very suddenly into the mainstream.

CyberPower's Trinity Gaming PC Is A Three-Armed Wonder

You won't see anything like it anywhere else: CyberPower's latest configurable computer has a funky looking case that splits its hardware between three wings. Not only does this improve cooling, but it also makes the system look more like a spaceship.

Self-Braking Cars Could Greatly Reduce Collisions

Driverless vehicles? Stop right there: a study by researchers from Euro NCAP indicates widespread use of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems could reduce the frequency of rear-end crashes by 38 percent.

American Green Marijuana ATM Dispenses Legal Goodies Vending Machine Style

Around here, we've seen vending machines of all categories, and they tend to be a fan favorite. The features on marijuana vending seem to have particular appeal among our readers, and with the changing laws, the competition is getting fierce when it comes to naming the most innovative concept.

Unlike The Titanic, Ships Made From This Metal Will Be Truly Unsinkable

Materials scientists have developed a new metallic foam that is less dense than water, meaning that ships built from this material can continue to float regardless of structural damage. Though this is not the first example of a lightweight metal composite, this is the first that is also strong and stable enough to endure the challenges of a marine environment making unsinkable ships a realistic application.

Photochromia: Garments Transform Patterns in Sunlight

Now you see it and now you don't. This is no rabbit pulled out of a hat but rather technology of the highest caliber. Read all about photochromia, the color-changing textile that responds to sunlight.

MediaTek Announces First Deca-Core Smartphone Chip

More cores is better. Right? MediaTek seems to think so. The Helio X20 SoC packs a whopping 10 ARM cores, and support for a certain cellular wireless standard should allow Android smartphones bearing the chip to show up in the US.

Making The Most Out Of Quirky.com For Inventors

Quirky.com is a great site aimed at inventors and something you can take advantage of to market your ideas into products, but not everything makes it to the production floor. How can you maximize your chances for your idea to become a product?