NASA creates comet harpoon to collect samples, amino acids

A comet in space.

Space landings are sensitive maneuvers, particularly when the landing pad is streaking through the cosmos at 150,000 mph. In order to obtain subsurface dirt samples from speeding comets, NASA has designed a hollow-tipped comet harpoon that, when fired from an in-space harpoon gun, can embed itself into the heart of a comet, collect samples, disengage […]

New radar technology will see through walls

The radar screen of the Sterretij. The landscape is the entrance of Monnickendam a habour in the Ijssel-Sea of the Netherlands.

Gregory Charvat and a team of Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are helping to usher in a new age of phased array radar technology, reports Fox News. Thanks to advanced microwave technology, U.S. military forces will soon have access to a form of radar that literally sees through walls. Objects, animals and human beings can […]

Discovery: Hard drive space can be sextupled with table salt

An old 4GB (single platter) PATA hard drive.

According to a group of engineers at Singapore’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), a pinch of chemical-grade table salt can increase hard drive storage capacity by as much as six times. Rather than storing data in disorganized clumps, Dr. Joel Yang and IMRE researchers are adding sodium chloride to make data storage possible […]

Meet Toilet Bike Neo, the motorbike that runs on feces

Directions for how to use a Japanese-style toilet (diagrams included).

It is possible to make use of the things we commonly throw away to power our commute. Take human waste, for instance; Japanese toilet-maker TOTO has. According to the Treehugger blog, TOTO will soon introduce Toilet Bike Neo, a motorbike that converts human feces into biogas. Relieve yourself: Alternative fuel for reaching your destination While […]

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

Pacific Gas and Electric Co., a northern California utility, has agreed to pay $70 million to the California town of San Bruno for a pipeline explosion that killed eight people in 2010. Company says it’s remorseful The San Francisco-based power company’s president, Chris Johns, released a statement Monday, saying PG&E is sorry and eager to […]


Apple granted hydrogen fuel cell patents for phone, laptop batteries

Battery technology in consumer electronic devices has improved significantly over the years. However, the power demands of modern multimedia mean that battery life is still largely inadequate for consumers on the move. According to Mashable, hydrogen fuel cells that convert oxygen and hydrogen into water, heat and electricity may eventually be the lightweight battery solution […]


An iPhone with various cords and network tether cables running between the phone and an Apple laptop computer.
The Apple iPhone: Soon powered by hydrogen fuel cells? (CC BY-SA/roens/Flickr)