Switzerland to Launch ‘Janitor’ Satellite to Collect 370,000 Pieces of Space Junk From Earth’s Orbit

September 24, 2013 by  
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Space junk is an ongoing problem for the world’s space administrations as decades worth of satellite launches and space missions have filled the  Earth’s orbit with trash  such as fuel tanks, lost tools and parts of derelict satellites. In order to combat this growing hazard and to avoid potentially devastating  collisions , the Swiss Space Center at EPFL has launched CleanSpace One , a project to develop and build the first installment of satellites designed specifically to clean up space debris. Read the rest of Switzerland to Launch ‘Janitor’ Satellite to Collect 370,000 Pieces of Space Junk From Earth’s Orbit Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: clean tech , cleanspace one , collisions , environmental destruction , epfl , green technology , Satellite , satellite cleans space junk , space debris , space junk , spacecraft , swiss satellite , Swiss Space Center , Swiss space junk program        

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Clip-Air: Modular Transportation Capsules Carry Passengers by Land, Sea, or Air

June 13, 2013 by  
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The layout of a train is a lot like an airplane or a bus in terms of packing a lot of people into a tube to move them somewhere else. So why not just load people into a train and then slap some wings on it to get it to its destination? That’s the idea behind École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne ‘s Clip-Air, which proposes to revolutionize air travel with a series of modular aircraft. The system does away with wasteful round-trip flights to get planes where they need to be and eliminates the need to wait at a central airport . Read the rest of Clip-Air: Modular Transportation Capsules Carry Passengers by Land, Sea, or Air Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air travel , Alternative Fuel , École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne , Clip Air modular system , Clip Air plane , Clip-Air system , Clip-Air travel , epfl , mass transit , mass travel , Modular airplane , train travel , transport systems        

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World’s First Bionic Hand With a Sense of Touch is Set to Be Transplanted

February 18, 2013 by  
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An anonymous man in his 20s who lives in Rome will soon receive a new hand, and for the first time in the world his bionic hand will be able to feel the things that it touches . The hand will be wired to the man’s nervous system, in hopes that he will be able to control its movements by receiving signals from his skin cells, and that he in turn will be able to receive signals from the hand’s touch sensors. The hand promises to restore the sense of touch to people who have lost limbs, and it represents a major breakthrough in the world of prosthetics. Read the rest of World’s First Bionic Hand With a Sense of Touch is Set to Be Transplanted Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amputated hand , École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne , bionic , bionic arm , bionic hand , epfl , mechanical hand , prosthesis , prosthetic hand , rome , Silvestro Micera , Technology

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Marta Klonowska Assembles Shards of Glass into Delicate Sculptures of Animals

February 18, 2013 by  
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UCSB Researchers Propose Vaporizing Asteroids Using Solar-Powered Laser Guns

February 18, 2013 by  
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After last Friday’s events, when an asteroid passed close to earth and a meteorite exploded over Russia , calls have been renewed for defensive measures against threats from space. Two scientists at the University of California at Santa Barbara have unveiled a proposal for a system of solar-powered laser guns that could be used to change an asteroid’s orbit, or evaporate it completely while gathering valuable data on its composition. Read the rest of UCSB Researchers Propose Vaporizing Asteroids Using Solar-Powered Laser Guns Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: asteroid defense , California Polytechnic State University research , DE-STAR (Directed Energy Solar Targeting of Asteroids) , Gary Hughes research , near earth asteroids , Philip Lubin research , solar lasers , solar powered device , solar-powered laser guns , space defense systems , space threats , UC Santa Barbara research

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Epiphany’s onEPuck Charges Your Cell Phone With Your Morning Coffee

February 18, 2013 by  
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Your morning cup of  coffee may power you  through your busy work day, but what if it could also power up your cell phone?  Epiphany onEPuck  is an incredible phone charger that siphons energy from your hot or cold drinks. The disk has a  Stirling engine  that runs on heat disparities, transforming the change of your coffee’s temperature into power for your  cell phone battery . Read the rest of Epiphany’s onEPuck Charges Your Cell Phone With Your Morning Coffee Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: coffee phone charger , eco design , epiphany onE puck phone charger , green design , heat disparities , stirling engine , sustainable design

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Flying Disaster Relief Robots Create Communication Networks

September 28, 2010 by  
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While they may resemble a fleet of space invaders, these flying robots are actually designed to aid in disaster relief. Developed by the EPFL School of Engineering , the Swarming Micro Air Vehicle Network (SMAVNET) is a group of flying robots that can be deployed during a disaster to create a communication network for rescuers

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