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Renewable Energy Breakthrough Technology
Based On Photosynthesis in a Leaf, Artificial Photosynthesis
Source" stock image of leaves in the Sun
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
The new technology is an artificial version of photosynthesis. It's a dreamed-for renewable energy technology that top scientists and engineers have been chasing for decades. Artificial photosynthesis has just been achieved by a team of scientists at the renowned Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in California.
Photosynthesis is the sunlight-driven, chemical reaction process that leaves and algae use to convert CO2 into cellular fuel. Led by scientist Heinz Frei, the Berkeley Lab team has developed an artificial photosynthesis system. It's composed of nano-sized tubes capable of all of the key steps in fuel generation.
Big Green Deal
This new green, renewable energy technology is a very big deal. The new technology has the potential to generate vast amounts of renewable energy by using the CO2 in the air.
Solar Fuel Tiles
Source: Berkeley Lab - solar fuel tile
The design enables the rapid flow of protons, generated by splitting water molecules inside the tube, to the outside where they combine with CO2 and electrons to form fuel. The basic unit of the system is small, square, solar fuel tiles containing billions of the nanotubes.
The team says their system is doable. Their challenge is scaling the system up to be able to make energy in the terawatts range, replacing fossil fuels left in the ground. They also say the system will have to produce a liquid hydrocarbon fuel for use in the trillions of dollar worth of current infrastructure and technology.
Robot, Cut My Lawn Source: Husqvarna Mowers Robo Mowers Powered by Batteries - No Gas It's at the top of my robotic wish list. A robot lawn mower. No astronomical bills and upselling from lawn service companies. Just a nicely cut lawn and no hassles. Innovation seems to be knocking at the front door with news on robotic mowers. Green Robots at the Cutting Edge There's a slew of new robot mowers. Models include Worx Landroid for smaller lawns, Honda that cuts and feeds lawns, Robomow for all-purpose mowing and Husqvarna that's loaded with cell & GPS tech. These mowers aren't cheap. Prices range from $1000 to $3500. They're powered by rechargeable batteries so they're quiet. You pay more for online enhancements. And, if your lawn is loaded with trees and hills, your robot mower is going to be a lot more expensive. Grass Vacuums Robot mowers look a lot like big robot vacuums such as iRobot's Roomba. They roam and groom your lawn. Their
1st Test for CTE, Sports-Related, Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Living Source: Stock images of football players Breakthrough Research and Discoveries by Boston University Scientists CTE is the danger for players inherent in any contact sport. Repeated hard hits to and rattling of the head in the course of games taking a cumulative toll and resulting in traumatic brain injury CTE which is a fatal disease. Until now, there was no way to detect it in the living. The only reference points for doctors were changes in mood and behavior in the patient following a bad hit to the head and concussion.. But now, there is a brain scan test to detect the abnormal protein tau which is an indicator that the disease condition is present. It's an important breakthrough just announced by scientists at Boston University. For a great news blog, go to Important Innovations Collection: Breakthrough on CTE Brain Injuries from Sports : First Test for CTE in the Living Source: Stock
Superstar Robot Packers Source: CMC CartonWrap Superstar Customers The Italian packaging company CMC in the medieval town of Citta di Castello has robot machines at the cutting edge of 2019 filling some very big orders for big clients and it delivers. The robotic packaging machine is called CartonWrap. It can box and seal 600 to 1000 items of every shape and size every hour, 24/7, including in tailor made boxes. Clients of the automated packaging machines include Amazon, Walmart and Gucci. Big Business in Italy CMC and CartonWrap are one of 630 companies in Italy making automated packaging machines. This is the new robotic, automated economy and it is one of Italy's fastest growing industries. In fact, the sector is accelerating 9X's faster than the overall Italian economy. It's another example of robotic technology cutting time, costs and in this case packaging waste and creating a whole new avenue of global business that's a disruptor.