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Unbeatable
 
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Tornado can often strike at night when people are asleep and not tuned into the weather channel. As a result many of them are injured or killed. My solution is to create software that the National Weather Service can use to inform people about the tornado (in a single second). It will send text messages to all cell phones/landlines to people in areas most likely to be hit. This will be definitely a great warning system for those who are not tuned into TV, but are carrying phones.
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Max
 
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I suppose that microscopic worms could do a better job of detecting explosives than X-ray machines, metal detectors or bomb sniffing dogs. The tiny nematodes, known as Caenorhabditis elegans, have little scent organs on the sides of their mouths. Why not extract the receptors from the amphids and incorporate them into a device (so called bomb sniffing machine).
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Jay
 
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I heard that it is possible to create a drug addiction vaccine to help users kick the habit. The vaccine will be a combination of cocaine like chemical and an inactive cold virus. It will bind to the cocaine in the bloodstream and prevent it from reaching the brain.
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Adam
 
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01/11/2011
I want scientists to discover a substance effecting powerfully on the biological clock. Eventually, this substance could be used to help workers on the night shift or frequent travelers better tolerate the variances in their schedules.
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Patrik
 
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01/11/2011
The DNA of E.coli bacteria was found to be a great data storage. Data compressed into chunks can be placed in different cells and easily located later. This new method enables one gram of E. coli to store the same amount of data as 450 two-terabyte hard drives, and can even be used to store images, music, and videos.
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Max
 
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Why not use sunlight and ethanol to create hydrogen at ambient temperature and pressure? This could make production less expensive while delivering higher yields. The process will involve mixing a powdered form of a photocatalyst and ethanol in a container and then agitating the substances while they are exposed to ultraviolet light. A semiconductor inside the container will generate electrons, which will be captured by gold nanoparticles in the catalyst and react with the alcohol...
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Mr X
 
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It would be cool to have ear plugs able to filter noise electronically. Using such ear plugs, you can easily talk to a co-worker, while filtering out background noise, by simply twisting the adjustment knob.
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Jack Brown
 
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Why not create a self-healing polymer able to repair itself repeatedly while also maintaining strength and stability? The polymer will be cross-linked through trithiocarbonate units, which will be able to restructure under UV light. The light will break one carbon-sulfur bond which will produce two very reactive radicals, which will form new carbon-sulfur bonds while breaking others to form new radicals. The chain reaction will be halted when two radicals react with each other. ...
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Curious
 
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03/14/2011
A new catalyst able to extract hydrogen from urine was discovered. I suppose it could have applications as fuel and as a way to clean municipal waters. An inexpensive form of electrolysis is to be used to break down urea, which contains four hydrogen atoms per molecule. A nickel based electrode will oxidize the urea, and then a voltage applied across the cell will break down the molecule. Since the hydrogen bonds in urine are weaker than those of water, urine is a less...
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Jocker
 
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04/18/2011
The idea is to develop a cloth that can block toxic fumes by trapping the molecules inside the fibers of the material. The cloth will consist of cellulose fibers and metal-organic framework molecules, which will form pores able to trap and contain molecules of gas. The fabrics could be tailored to trap different sizes of molecules, blocking different types of gasses.