Day: August 10, 2018

Cities that are running out of water can now safely remove at least some pharmaceuticals from recycled water and wastewater

If cities are forced to recycle water, they’ll need to find a way to filter out pharmaceuticals – such as the widely used anxiety drug Diazepam – from wastewater. So, South African researchers have developed titanium dioxide nanofibers that can remove drugs from water, reported ScienceDaily. The fibers are the brainchild of

Breaking down water pollutants in water, naturally: Simple method uses vitamin C, green LED light and a catalyst

Water pollution is on the rise globally. However, available methods that destroy pollutants in water use expensive and complex high-power lasers. That is – until a team of scientists from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) developed a new method that easily and cost-effectively breaks down stubborn pollutants in water. Their method – which could very

Walmart tests grocery delivery robots to fill online orders

US-based Walmart has announced it is testing grocery-picking robots called ‘Alphabots’ to pick up and pack items for online orders. The robots, deployed in partnership with startup Alert Innovation, then carry the items to Walmart’s associates to consolidate the order for delivery. The technology will be deployed in a 20,000-square-foot

UAG launches rugged, lightweight cases for Microsoft Surface Go

Urban Armor Gear (UAG) today announced two new rugged cases for Microsoft’s new Surface Godevice. These cases are lightweight, edgy, and MIL-SPEC drop-tested to ensure that the device can withstand rigorous activity and usage. Read about the new cases below. The Metropolis Series MSRP: $69.95 Made of feather-light composite construction with an impact resistant

What has changed in Google to make it fit for China: US to Pichai

US senators have written to Google CEO Sundar Pichai asking him what has changed since 2010 to make Google comfortable with China’s rigorous censorship regime. Google is reportedly planning to create a censored Chinese version of its search engine. The senators further wrote that Google’s project is “deeply troubling and

Choose spicy foods and protect your heart: New study finds people who do eat less salt

Those of us who love to eat spicy food have another reason to indulge. Chinese researchers have found that people who enjoyed spicy foods are less likely to eat salt, leading to them having lower blood pressure. According to the DailyMail.co.uk, this is because spicy food tricks the brain into wanting less

SpaceX relaunches the final Falcon 9 rocket design

Tonight, SpaceX has launched a satellite to geostationary orbit, but that payload isn’t what makes this mission special: it’s the rocket itself. The private space corporation has reused a Block 5 booster for the first time, the same one it used to launch a Bangladesh communications satellite back in May. Block 5 is the

The humble sodaapple nightshade could be a great alternative cancer remedy

The sodaapple nightshade (Solanum aculeastrum), a medicinal plant found in tropical Africa, contains potential anti-cancer activity, according to a study led by South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, together with the University of Pretoria. The study, which appeared in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, looked at the uses of the sodaapple nightshade,

NEC unveils facial recognition system for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

NEC has announced that it will provide a large-scale facial recognition system for the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. The system will be used to identify over 300,000 people at the games, including athletes, volunteers, media, and other staff. It’s the first time that facial recognition technology

Mozilla release a Firefox extension to help you discover new sites without Facebook

The Mozilla Foundation has released a new plugin for Firefox user under their experimental Testpilot program. The plugin uses your web browsing history to recommend websites to visit, conceptually similar to how Amazon would recommend products to buy based on your Amazon shipping history and what you are looking at

Pure, organic maple syrup is a delicious superfood

Researchers shared the many benefits of pure, organic maple syrup in a symposium at the 253rd annual American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in San Francisco held in early April 2017. The symposium was the very first worldwide symposium focused on the health benefits of pure, organic maple syrup. The following are some of the

Los Angeles plans to install the world’s largest storage battery that can deliver over 100 megawatts of power an hour for 4 hours

Until just a few decades ago, “sustainability” was a term that was hardly ever used. When humans needed a new resource they simply searched for it, found a way to extract it, and then implemented its use. In recent years, however, there has been more and more emphasis placed on

Microsoft’s AI used as Laugh Battle judge

Microsoft’s Cognitive Service AI is being used in an interactive exhibit at the National Comedy Center in Jamestown where visitors are challenged to make each other laugh to win. “It gives visitors a taste of what that thing is that comedians get so addicted to, that incredible feeling of making someone