Windscreen chip that detects illegal vehicles in gas stations

The problem of illegal cars smuggled across Bolivia’s four borders seemed intractable. But that could all change, thanks to this mandatory windscreen chip fitted to vehicles. Director of Information and Communication at the National Hydrocarbons, Einard Jofre: “The system works through the implementation of R-FID technology, that is to say, auto-identification using radio frequency. For…

Largest Telescope gets Approval for Construction

The Giant Magellan Telescope Organization has announced on Wednesday (June 3) that its 11 international partners have committed more than $500 million (USD) to begin construction on a mountaintop in Chile of the largest optical telescope ever built. The telescope’s seven mirrors span 25 meters and will focus more than six times the amount of…

Gazan man creates solar cooker in backyard

Gaza resident creates solar cooker in his backyard to challenge constant electricity and gas cuts. Amid the enclave’s power cuts, a Gazan man has found a way to cook his food without having to rely on gas or electricity.  Engineer Khaled Bsheir has made use of the year-round sunshine to provide a solution to Gaza’s…

Mobile underground bomb shelter can be assembled in 90 minutes

STORY: Some people always want to be prepared and now they can be. Even for the direst of situations … with their very own mobile bomb shelter.  Peter Kirtsi, of Terramil, the Estonian company producing the shelters, says they’ve been tried and tested.  “We have tested it now against a range of different weapons, starting…

Phone app alerts you when your home brewed beer is ready

If you’re a serious beer drinker, you’ll want to know about Brewie … a system that lets you brew your own craft beer — without doing all the work.  Co-founder Pal Marcel explains. “The biggest problem with brewing is that it takes a lot of time, so we wanted to avoid that. Therefore, we came…

New self-cleaning paint offers stain and damage-free future

Watching paint dry isn’t everyone’s idea of fun, but for University College London researcher Yao Lu, the super water repellant properties of this paint could lead to new tough, self-cleaning surfaces.  Yao says the chemistry was inspired by nature, such as the water repelling properties of lotus leaves “I am quite interested in self-cleaning coatings…

Alzheimer’s drug helps teeth repair themselves

Researchers believe they may be close to perfecting a method of encouraging teeth to repair themselves, making the filling a thing of the past. The team at King’s College London found a drug already tested in patients can stimulate regrowth in decayed teeth, repairing cavities naturally, without the need for a filling. “We’ve developed a…