Posted: March 8th, 2015 | Author: Naomi May | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: BioEnergy Centre, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, Oxfam, Pee Power | Comments Off on Oxfam Looks to Pee Power to Light Refugee Camps
Researchers in the UK are looking to pee-power to light refugee camps in disaster zones.
The BioEnergy team at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory in south-west England is taking the piss – literally – to generate electricity.
Their prototype urinal is conveniently situated near a university bar; it collects people’s pee, which fuels microbial fuel cells that then generate electricity.
The team’s work hit the headlines in 2013 when they showed how pee could be used to power a mobile phone.
Oxfam now wants to take the technology out into its refugee camps.
“It’s quite fascinating and it’s very fulfilling to be involved in such valuable research,” said Professor Ioannis Ieropolous, director of the BioEnergy Centre at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory.
“The main objective of our work — if I can speak from a personal perspective — is the fact we are developing something which is for the better of humankind and that’s the whole purpose of our science.” :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 4th, 2014 | Author: Naomi May | Filed under: POP CULT | Tags: Celebrity Gossip, Celebrity News, Ellen DeGeneres, Most Tweeted, twitter, Twitter Picture | Comments Off on …and the most tweeted picture goes to
A selfie of host Ellen DeGeneres with stars including Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper taken during Hollywood’s annual Academy Awards ceremony has become the most shared photo ever on Twitter.
Kevin Spacey, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and new Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o also crowded into the picture, which was snapped by Cooper after DeGeneres mingled with stars seated in the audience.
DeGeneres shared the selfie via her Twitter feed, it was subsequently shared, or retweeted, more than two million times in about two hours during the broadcast of the 86th annual Academy Awards :: Read the full article »»»»
New technology often means a bit of a fumble when it comes to manners, remember the intro of the mobile phone – geez your old – where is it ok to use your phone, dealing with loud talkers and most recently sexting, the rules governing mobile phones have evolved very very slowly.
It’s taken more than 2 decades to come to terms with an accepted set of social do’s and don’t for the meek mobile. So what’s the etiquette for using Google Glass in public?
The do’s and don’ts for new technologies aren’t always clear, indeed many are still arguing over using mobiles in restaurants.
So the everwise behemoth that is Google, has stepped up, providing some basic tips on using it’s latest, greatest device :: Read the full article »»»»