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The idea is to develop a lithium-ion battery with an early warning system that will alert the user before bursting into flames. Lithium-ion batteries are becoming increasingly common in electronic devices as well as cars and airplanes, but they have the annoying risk of exploding if their electrodes accidentally touch. This accidental contact can happen when the lithium ions gather on the anode and pile up to form chains of lithium metal known as dendrites. When these dendrites...
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JB
 
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The idea is to develop a way to create battery anodes from old tires, which could help cut down on the amount of waste tires in landfills while also providing an efficient energy storage material. The method will involve first subjecting the tires to a proprietary pretreatment and then using pyrolysis to recover the carbon black material. This man-made carbon black material is not only quite similar to graphite, it also resulted in a more efficient battery. When the material proved to...
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Max
 
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A new technology able to automatically identify different type of plastic could significantly speed up the sorting process while also reducing instances of human error. The system will identify the plastic types by exposing the pieces to a flash of light, which will cause them to fluoresce. That light will then be read by photoelectric sensors, which will measure how long it takes the fluorescent light to fade. Since the polymer materials used to make plastic items have specific...
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Max
 
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By capturing wavelengths invisible to the human eye, it is possible to create transparent solar panels that will be placed on windows or device screens without blocking the view. The technology will be based around small, organic molecules able to absorb sunlight wavelengths invisible to the human eye. These materials will be tuned to pick up just the ultraviolet and the near infrared wavelengths that then 'glow' at another wavelength in the infrared. The trapped light waves will then...
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Jared
 
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A new thin-film drug-delivery technique could enable medications to be released directly into targeted locations in the body for up to 14 months--drastically altering the way we traditionally treat pain. The technique will make use of biodegradable, thin-films that have been loaded with drug molecules using a "layer-by-layer" method. This layer method will allow the drug to be released steadily and for a longer period of time than previous methods, and the amount of drug being...
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Max
 
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By boosting the cells' performance with a coating of perovskite, it is possible to develop spray-on solar cell technology that will be both efficient and affordable. Spray-painted solar cells have been being manufactured for some time now by using organic semi-conductors, but their efficiency has been traditionally very low. However, I suggest developing a spray-on technology that will use perovskite. It will create very little waste and can be scaled up to high-volume manufacturing....
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Patrik
 
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Not your normal umbrella, the sensing umbrella will respond to the level of air pollution in the area with a series of LED lights while helping track air quality. The Arduino-equipped sensing umbrella will be able to gather pollution data and upload it to pollution databases, making it possible to generate local pollution indicator maps for smaller regions. The umbrella's LED lights will also provide a more immediate source of information as they will flash and change color depending...
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Jocker
 
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The portable wind turbine puts the power of the wind in the palm of your hand, packing a 15W generator into its small, lightweight frame. The turbine folds into an impressively portable 12-inch cylinder for transport or storage, and can be easily set up once on location. Its three, 11-inch aluminum legs can be extended and arranged to create a tripod base or laid flat to form a pedestal, allowing the turbine to harness the wind and charge its 15,000 mAh battery. Smartphones and...
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Harry
 
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A deadly beetle has inspired an ATM protection system that will defend itself from thieves. The system was inspired by the bombardier beetle's ability to spray its enemies with near-boiling acid. The beetle stores the ingredients for the acid in two separate chambers in its body, which prevents them from mixing until it is ready to attack. Following the beetle's lead, it is possible to build a system of two honeycomb structures filled with chemicals. The structures will be...
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Jack Brown
 
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A new self-healing plastic can go beyond healing small cracks by regenerating itself to seal even large holes. The plastic is based on a technology called 'vascular delivery,' that has been under development for some time. The technology is built upon using a series of vein-like channels to circulate two chemicals that can flow into the gaps caused by damage. When the two chemicals mix, they form a gel that fills the space and then hardens into a strong polymer--repairing the...
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