Scientists discover ‘smarter’ way to produce energy from sun

SYDNEY — A team led by scientists at Australia’s Curtin University have created a much cheaper and environmentally friendly way of turning solar energy into clean fuels like hydrogen. In a paper published on Tuesday, researchers described how they developed tiny nanocrystals as highly efficient catalysts to generate solar energy for the production of clean fuels. … Read More

California firm launches driverless grocery delivery

SAN FRANCISCO — A California-based autonomous driving startup Nuro said it has begun pilot driverless grocery delivery service in the state of Arizona in partnership with Kroger, the largest US operator of traditional supermarkets. “Grocery delivery with Nuro self-driving vehicles starts today! Our pilot with @kroger in Scottsdale, AZ is now accepting orders,” Nuro tweeted. Nuro … Read More

Discovery may lead to faster-charging, longer-lasting batteries

WASHINGTON — Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have observed an unexpected phenomenon in lithium-ion batteries, the most common type of battery used to power cell phones and electric cars, creating possibilities to develop batteries that “charge faster and last longer.” The discovery, published in the newly released journal Science Advances, shows … Read More

Broadband infra project launched to improve Internet speed

MANILA — The government is expected to have the capability to become the third major player in the local telco industry once its newly launched broadband infrastructure, which would help improve Internet speed and accessibility in the country, becomes operational by 2019. The project, dubbed Strategic Engagement and Collaboration to Undertake a Reliable and Efficient Government Internet … Read More

Region 8 students off to World Robot Olympiad

TACLOBAN CITY– The Philippine Science High School Eastern Visayas (PSHS-EV) campus is upbeat of garnering achievements in the upcoming World Robot Olympiad (WRO) in Costa Rica on November 10-12. PSHS-EV campus director Reynaldo Garnace said on Tuesday that a team of student has made preparations to represent the country in the WRO. WRO brings together young people … Read More

Scientists make breakthrough in replacing Wi-Fi with Li-Fi

CHANGCHUN — Chinese scientists have made a breakthrough in creating full-color emissive carbon dots (F-CDs), which brings them one step closer to developing a faster wireless communication channel that could be available in just six years. Light Fidelity, known as Li-Fi, uses visible light from LED bulbs to transfer data much faster than radio wave-based Wi-Fi. … Read More

3 Dagupan students featured in Aussie book for robotics

DAGUPAN CITY — Mayor Belen Fernandez on Thursday lauded three students of the Pangasinan Universal Institute (PUI) here, whose concept of developing a Rescue Optimization Boot-Vest or ROB–Vest for K9, was featured in the Emerging Technologies and Applications book published in Australia . The three PUI students participated in the 3rd Australian Robotics Challenge and Symposium … Read More

I-TECH launched to commercialize Filipino inventions

MANILA — The Department of Science and Technology – Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) and the Land Bank of the Philipines launched the I-TECH Thursday afternoon, aiming to help Filipino inventors commercialize their products. Through the I-TECH (Innovation and Technology Lending Program), a special financing window will be provided by DOST-TAPI and LandBank to support … Read More

Smart improves mobile data services in MM

MANILA — Smart Communications has further improved its mobile data services amid its ongoing network upgrade in Metro Manila. In a statement, Smart Communications said recent tests conducted by the telco firm show that the average download speeds of Smart’s LTE (Long Term Evolution) is 21.5 megabits per second (Mbps) in North National Capital Region … Read More