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Discovery could lead to new catalyst design to reduce nitrogen oxides in diesel exhaust

August 17, 2017- Researchers have discovered a new reaction mechanism that could be used to improve catalyst designs for pollution control systems to further reduce emissions of smog-causing nitrogen oxides in diesel exhaust. The research focuses on a type of catalyst called zeolites, workhorses in petroleum and chemical refineries and in emission-control systems for diesel engines.New catalyst designs are needed to reduce the emission of nitrogen oxides, or NOx, because current technologies only work well at relatively high temperatures.

Sony filed a patent for contact lenses that take photos with the blink of an eye

A recent patent filed by Sony aims to allow people to shoot photos with the blink of an eye.

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The company's patent application is for a "contact lens camera" that would allow the wearer to snap photos with a deliberate blink of the eye and store them on a wireless device like a smartphone or tablet.

Sensors embedded in the lens are able to detect the...

Human Carrying Drone unveiled in CES 2016

Chinese drone-maker Ehang Inc has unveiled a first-of-its-kind human-carrying craft at the CES 2016. The Ehang 184 promises to change the future of transportation, creating potential for an air taxi, if you will.


Image: AP Photo/John Locher

Ehang co-founder and chief financial officer Shang Hsiao said, "The 184 provides a viable solution to the many challenges the transportation industry faces in a safe and...

Hand in glove, you tell the robot where to move

CES in Las Vegas is one event that clearly proves there is a thin line between adulthood and childhood when it comes to curiosity, fun and, in 2016, interest in controlling robots. One of the stands that many found impossible to ignore was ZeroUI's demo of its Ziro hand gesture controlled robotics kit.

Gestures send commands to the modules so that when you move, they move. Simply put, you control the robot you create with your . The Ziro is a series of motors, a glove that lets you control their...

Nike’s power-laced ‘Back to the Future’ shoes will be available in 2016 - ScienceAlert

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the Internet would like to let you know that today is Back to the Future Day (in the US at least, it’s been and gone in Australia because we really do live in the future). 

And what better way to celebrate 21 October 2015, the day that Marty McFly arrived when he travelled to the future in Back to the Future Part II, than with the...

Driverless taxis are hitting the streets of Japan next year - ScienceAlert

As The Wall Street Journal reports, a partnership between the Japanese federal government and Robot Taxi will see 50 people take part in a trial scheme in the Kanagawa prefecture, just south of Tokyo. The trips will cover about 3 kilometres and involve some of the main roads in the city - which is perhaps why human drivers will still be on hand in case they need to take over in an emergency.

A Canadian has invented a Hoverboard that actually Flies

This past May, Montreal inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru broke the world record for the longest hoverboard flight.


Duru flew up to five metres above a lake for a distance of 275.9 metres aboard his homemade, propeller-powered...

Watch: Facebook unveils interactive 360 Video and it’s amazingly fun - ScienceAlert

When Facebook acquired virtual reality company Oculus VR last year, lots of people were left scratching their heads. Why would a social network need a virtual reality startup?

Now it’s starting to make a whole lot more sense. Facebook has just introduced an exciting new feature called 360 Video, and it’s perhaps the best demonstration yet of how virtual reality-style video content teamed with interactive, user-controlled features can make for all kinds of exciting entertainment opportunities.

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