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Lithium-ion Battery Recycled Glass

UC Riverside researchers have developed a low-cost method of turning glass bottles into functional lithium-ion batteries that store nearly 4-times more energy than conventional batteries. The team, headed by Cengiz Ozkan, professor of mechanical engineering, and Mihri Ozkan, professor of electrical engineering at UC Riverside, used a 3-step process. First, they crushed and grounded the glass bottles into a fine white powder. Next, the silicon dioxide is converted into nanostructured silicon, and lastly, the silicon nanoparticles get coated with carbon. Future applications include: extending the range of plug-in hybrid electric / electric vehicles, and providing extra power with fewer charges to laptops, cell phones, and other mobile devices. Continue reading for more interesting photos from around the web.

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Clear Coffee

London-based company CLR CFF has created the world's first colorless coffee, and it's not just an optical illusion. This drink is brewed with high quality Arabica coffee beans and pure water, while promising a 'fresh, aromatic taste and flavor' that doesn't need sugar or milk. The team spent three months experimenting with different brewing methods before arriving at the final recipe, one that has even more caffeine than a shot of espresso. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Enceladus Alien Life

NASA researchers announced today during a live broadcast the existence of key ingredients for life as we know it on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. That's right, hydrogen has been detected in the jets of water on its liquid water surface, which suggests the strong possibility that Enceladus's oceans could support microbial life. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a skier who traveled through North Korea.

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Edible Water Spheres

Skipping Rocks Lab wants to rid the world of plastic bottles, and their biodegradable edible water spheres are a start. Simply put, the edible exterior is created by dropping a block of ice into a mixture of brown algea extract and calcium chloride. What results is a seaweed-based membrane that keeps it shape, locking in the water inside. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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GJ 1132B Earth-Like Exoplanet


Researchers have just announced that they have discovered a new Earth-like exoplanet, called GJ 1132B, with an atmosphere, and a small, rocky composition like our own. This planet closely orbits a dim red dwarf star, which means that its atmosphere is probably more similar to Venus than Earth, with the average temperature hitting 700° degrees Fahrenheit. They suspect it's also tidally locked, or that gravity causes one side to constantly face its star, while the other is in a state of permanent night. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one exploring the myth that a drop of water on an anvil will make it explode.

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MIT DuoSkin

MIT Media Labs' "DuoSkin" looks like a metallic tattoo at first, but it's actually an on-screen user interface that's comprised of gold metal leaf. When worn, it can be customized to provide three different types of on-skin interfaces: sensing touch input, displaying output, and wireless communication. This metallic tattoo can store and share data wirelessly with smart devices via near-field communication (NFC) technology, while its 'touch input' technology enables your skin to be used as a trackpad for things like adjusting volume, turning on lights, writing text, etc. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of insane wingsuit flying between skyscrapers in Panama City.

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Self-Balancing Wheelchair

There are self-balancing robots, hoverboards, and then Scewo, an innovative electric wheelchair capable of traversing stairs independently, offering users a dynamic experience for navigating over obstacles using multiple rubber tracks. You can select from three different modes: "safe" for getting on and off, "elevated" for eye-to-eye communication, and "track" for increased traction over obstacles. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Spinach Leaf Heart

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Scientists at at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have successfully managed to grow human heart cells on a scaffolding made from spinach leaf. How? First, they dissolved the leaf's cellular material using detergents, leaving the cellulose background behind. Once completed, they added human heart cells and got them to adhere to the structure. These cells could still beat the way a normal heart should, while the vasculature could support blood flow. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a device that turns air pollution into ink.

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Human Head Transplant

Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero says he plans to attempt the first human head transplant later this year on 31-year-old Russian software development manager Valery Spiridonov, who suffers from a debilitating muscle-wasting disease. To be more specific, the procedure is estimated to last about 36 hours, and Spiridonov's head will be cooled to around 12° Celsius, cut from his body and connected to a donated body of a brain-dead person as quickly as possible. Canavero will be assisted by a team of 100 surgeons and other medical staff, and afterwards, Spiridonov will be kept in an artificially-induced coma for 3-4 weeks while doctors stimulate his spinal cord nerves to reconnect and start functioning. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Drip-Free Wine Bottle

Researchers at Brandeis University have developed the world's first drip-free wine bottle, and it's not as complex as you may think. Simply put, the team used a diamond-studded tool to create a circular groove around the neck of the bottle just below the lip. So now instead of overflow dripping down the side of the bottle, it now meets the groove and drops from the bottle, straight into the glass. Continue reading for another picture and more information.

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