Researchers at Georgia Tech are looking to oxides of the rare earth elements cerium (Ce), terbium (Tb), and praseodymium (Pr) to perhaps jump start use of small-scale hydrogen production systems for powering fuel cells in homes, as well as for automotive applications. Doping with iron atoms allows these oxides to produce hydrogen at lower temperatures (375-700C vs. 800C). For more details, go to http://gtresearchnews.gatech.edu/newsrelease/oxygenpump.htm.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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