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Can't Stand The Heat? Hug A Tree

Trees are a common hangout for many animals and insects. Under them, on top of them, next to them, around them, trees may be habitats or just places to go for temporary respite.  For some creatures trees are a source of food or a sharpening tool for their beaks, claws, or teeth. Some trees provide shade and shelter. Others provide a hiding place for certain animals.  Researchers at James Cook University in Australia recently learned of another function of trees, which they reported in the June issue of Biology Letters.

Innovative Solar Panel Parking Lot Could Someday See The Light

A parking lot made from thick, hexagonal solar cells tough enough to support the weight of a tractor? It's more likely than you think.. A 12-by-36 foot prototype "solar parking lot" made from the super-tough panels can generate enough power by day to keep nearby street lamps and signs safely glowing at night.

SolePower Can't Recharge Busy Mom, But It Can Charge Her Phone With Every Step

SolePower is making it possible to charge your portable electronics by doing what most people do every day: walking. They are also feeding right into the feet of multitasking moms who never sit down. By using a power-generating insole, a portable Power Pack stores enough energy to charge a cell phone after 2.5-5 miles of walking, which is what the average person walks each day.

Innovative Food Research: Products Reflect Changing Diets

What will the diet of the future be like? Researchers in France have been busy developing diverse food types with higher nutritional value, alternative ingredients and production processes that are compeltley sustainable. Read on for more information, whether you are hungry or not.

Could Swarms Of Tiny Disposable Robots Soon Act As Cleaning Agents For Oil Spills? These Researchers Think So

As electronic components become less expensive with each passing day, the notion of disposable robots becomes more and more realistic. I'm not just talking individual bots, either - I'm talking swarms of hundreds, maybe thousands, with capabilities beyond any single robot on its own.

Department Of Agriculture Is Fostering Innovation And Enterprise

For those of us that don't really know what the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been up to lately, the Department has announced its innovative initiatives and patents acquired during fiscal year 2013, and I think you'll find some of its activities pretty impressive. And did you know that the USDA might even be a resource to get one of your own inventions off the ground?

Bringing Affordable Light To The Dark Continent

 One of five inventors of the LEDsafari lamp interviewed an African student who was recently trained to build his own LEDsafari.  The student is very enthused about the invention because it is going to bring affordable light to his continent, giving Africans more time in the evening to study, to discuss, to work, to create... It will make them more productive and, thereby, richer.  A simple, cheap, safe, and environmentally clean lamp, this student hopes, will 'light up the Dark Continent.'

Harnessing The Power Of The Stars: How The U.S. Navy Plans To Beam Solar Power From Space.

Imagine scientists shooting solar panels in to space – enough to span 9 football fields – for the sole purpose of being assembled by robots, in order to construct an object capable of capturing solar power.  Then, having the harnessed energy being beamed back to Earth through the use of radio waves – allowing a vehicle fitted with a solar receiver to capture enough energy to move about on land.  The U.S. Navy is hoping to introduce such a device, and it may just cure our energy woes.

Ooho: Drink Your Water, Eat Your Water Bottle!

Ooho. Who would have thought it?  Three London-based design students came up with Ooho, a water container that's not plastic, not vinyl, not stainless steel... but an edible algae! Ooho was considered so brilliant that, among other coveted awards, it won the 2014 Lexus Design Award.

Physicists Go To The South Pole - "Hear" Echos Of The Big Bang

Using a special satellite, physicists in the South Pole were able to "hear" the echoes from the big bang for the first time, and take the Big Bang Theory out of immediate danger of being overturned.