Via University of Texas News
FastCoExist highlights a device that sucks fine particulate matter from the air, that if deployed in sufficient numbers would clean the air in cities and other polluted areas.
The Dutch inventors claim the huge ‘vacuum cleaners’ can filter most of the fine particles emitted from vehicles / power plants and through industrial pollution – that have both health and climate impacts.
SHENDY is an open-source and low-cost arsenic detector being developed by an international group of students. The aim is to create a smartphone connected device that can test whether groundwater is safe to drink based on its arsenic content, which is often at poisonous levels in post-conflict zones and after natural disasters.
Wired features a concept drone lifeguard – called the Otari – that could help people at risk of drowning in swimming pools.
Inhabitat highlights a new approach to making cycling safer, particularly at night or during shorter winter days – a glowing bicycle pathway.
MIT Tech Review features a collar designed to protect athletes and soldiers from head injuries, by limiting brain movement within the skull after one or more blows to the head.
Shark drones to patrol stretch of Australia’s coast – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-34918377
The Verge highlights that research into heat shielding by NASA is being shared with fire agencies in the US to better protect firefighters when they are tackling particularly dangerous forest fires.
Source: The Verge
Inhabitat features the ASMO charger, which claims to be “the most sophisticated charger” ever made: it stops power being wasted when gadgets are charged and stops overheating, reducing the risk of fire.
Futurity reports on the development of a CO2 sensor – using poly(ionic) liquid aka PIL – that is smaller, easier to assemble and requires less energy than existing sensors.
The size and power advantages could allow for numerous applications, including giving divers or climbers an easier way to track CO2 levels.
Engadget reports on research by L’Oreal to develop better tests for their cosmetic products by 3d printing ‘human skin’.