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Word would travel of scientist Giovanni Aldini's electric reanimation experiments on dead criminals in 1803 to author Mary Shelley before the 1818 publish of her book Frankenstein. It was an instance of science informing fiction. In turn, Shelley's masterpiece would then inspire scientist Earl Bakken to develop the first wearable, battery-operated pacemaker. This is only…

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Inhabitat

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Find out more about the new Toyota Prius model that could be equipped with high-efficiency solar batteries in an effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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Coolhunting

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Just a few minutes south by plane from Stockholm is Gotland, a lush green island in the middle of the Baltic Sea. At the north end of the island, there’s the wildly serene seasonal fishing village of Hallshuk, where the Swedish electric motorcycle brand Cake developed, honed and officially launched its first production model: the Kalk OR. (We rode that bike along the island’s trails and a purpose-build mini-motocross track, over a year ago.) Cake’s first road-legal production bike, the Kalk&, is now available and we rode it on the considerably less idyllic streets of Manhattan to see how it adapts to one of the busiest urban vehicular environments on the planet.

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Design Boom

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the highly anticipated yamaha ec-05 electric scooter's battery system uses gogoro’s smart energy ‘go stations’ all around taiwan.

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An exhibition at London's Science Museum explores the future of autonomous mobility, and the designs that are paving the way. Curator Margaret Campbell selects five pieces from the show and reveals the stories behind them.

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The Next Web

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The big problem with plastics is that though they last for a very long time, most are thrown away after only one use. Since plastics were invented in the 1950s, about 8,300m metric tonnes (Mt) have been made, but over half (4,900 Mt) is already in landfill or has been lost to the environment. In 2010 alone, an estimated 4.8 to 12.7 Mt went into the oceans.

Only a small proportion of the hundreds of types of plastics can be recycled by conventional technology. But there are other things we can do to reuse plastics after they’ve served their original purpose. My research, for example, focuses on chemical recycling, and I’ve been looking into how food packaging can be used to create new materials like wires for electricity.

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Wired

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In an Amazon sorting center, a swarm of robots works alongside humans. Here’s what that says about Amazon—and the future of work.

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Some of the most famous scientific discoveries happened by accident. From Teflon and the microwave oven to penicillin, scientists trying to solve a problem sometimes find unexpected things. This is exactly how we created phosphorene nanoribbons – a material made from one of the universe’s basic building blocks, but that has the potential to revolutionize …

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