Battery Breathes Air And Stores Energy For Months

From powering homes to treating cancer, the simple battery has come a long way. To up the ante of renewable energy sources, MIT has developed an air-breathing battery that stores energy at zero emissions.

“This battery literally inhales and exhales air, but it doesn’t exhale carbon dioxide, like humans — it exhales oxygen,” says Yet-Ming Chiang, the Kyocera Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT.

Cost of production is 1/30th that of regular lithium-ion batteries. Over five years, researchers experimented with various materials such as sulfur and potassium permanganate. While its impact was a priority, pricing was also heavily considered.

“It’s a creative and interesting new concept that could potentially be an ultra-low-cost solution for grid storage,”

In the end, the battery is definitely the first of its kind and is not only unique, but highly efficient.

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Yes, You Can Rock A Studio Apartment

When you’re fresh out of university and stripped of your toga, reality hits like a right hook. Budgeting may not be your strong suit, and neither would interior design be — unless it was your major. Still, despite the looming horrors of adulthood, sustainable wardrobe trends and forward-moving technology soften the blow. Living alone isn’t easy. Not everyone claims they can rock a studio apartment, but yes — it’s possible!

Home shopping is often exciting, especially if you’re moving into your first one. Though the funding department can often speak for itself, not everyone is particularly thoughtful when it comes to space. Photographic memory or none, measure your room dimensions. Furniture “looking small” is just about as deceiving as two-dollar fortune tellers. Know your apartment’s limits. Anyway, you do want to make sure you can push a bed frame through the door.

Once you have your basics down pat, pick out adjustable storage. Putting away your things in one place will not only be less confusing — it eats up significantly less space. Scout department stores that sell shelves that shrink and expand. That way, they’ll only cater to what you have at the moment, an amount that will likely fluctuate. Bonus points if you pick up a couch with drawers!

Smaller apartments also mean smaller rooms, if not just a single space. In this case, you’ll want pretty versatile fittings. Purchase items with several functions. Finding altering desks, couches, and even beds are surprisingly not too difficult a find. If you can hide them away after use, even better! After all, Transformers aired ten years ago. And on the plus side, your studio should, by default, feel a lot more futuristic.

Though it mostly goes without saying, buy only what is necessary. Decor is crucial to personalizing a home, but if you’re low on cash, keep it on the back burner. If you can’t afford a particular necessity, make it yourself. Get creative, especially with items that aren’t too intimate. Show off your wardrobe on a makeshift wall rack. Nowhere to keep your books? Make a shelf — out of books!

If you’re fussy about an area looking tight, play with illusion. Decorate with striped rugs to make floors appear lengthier. Paint your walls with light colors to reflect sunlight as opposed to absorbing it. Embellish your walls higher up, to give rooms a sense of height. Make things pop in however way you see fit. What catches your eye will likely catch others’ too, but avoid overcrowding! Larger and fewer ornamental pieces trump smaller and plentiful ones any day.

Most importantly, be resourceful. Your home isn’t a doomsday bunker — keep it comfortable. Figure out several ways to use a single appliance. If hitting the laundromat or local diner is a simpler option, go for it. Home will always be there to welcome you back, mansion or not.

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Doomsday Hoarder Sends Supplies To Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico may be underwater both literally and economically — but with the help of others, things are looking optimistic. While motor company Tesla is working on restoring the island’s power grid, celebrity chef José Andrés is feeding its hungry. 74-year-old Joseph Badame has now also become an unexpected hero. The doomsday hoarder donated his entire food stock to hungry victims.

Badame had gathered 80 barrels of food that each could sustain 84 people for four months. He said the food, which included dried beans, rice, flour, sugar, pancake mixes and more, would have been thrown away otherwise.

The doomsday prep began in the 1970’s. It was a project of Badame’s alongside late wife Phyliss. Equipped with a furnished bomb shelter, it’s no surprise that the supplies remained intact. The disaster proved that there was more to life than life itself — or the fact that it would end in an apocalypse.

“Phyliss and I prepared all this for one group of people and it turns out it’s going to help another group of people,” he said. “That’s wonderful.”

Looks like decades of stockpiling were truly worth the hassle.

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New Electric Cargo Bike Revolutionizes Small Package Deliveries

Living in a city plagued by daily traffic jams, I often prefer to take my bike on errands. Granted, it’s a Nashbar AL1, nothing fancy but a perfectly practical performance hybrid. While I am wholly accustomed to throwing convenience store goodies into my trusty backpack, a cargo accessory would be much appreciated. Boy has the internet answered my prayers.

A Kickstarter project was recently launched in the hopes of funding CERO One, an electric cargo bike.

The CERO One is referred to as a compact cargo bike, as its physical dimensions and weight are well within reason for a standard bicycle, and it incorporates a space-saving handlebar twist function for storage in tight spaces.

To further tease your inner tech geek, there is a 93-mile-per-charge riding range on the dang thing!

The company offers three options for cargo space — a small basket, a large basket, and a platform — any of which can be mounted on either the front or the rear racks, depending on the cargo.

Oh, and it’s kid-friendly, too.

An optional Yepp Maxi Child Seat can be mounted to the rear rack without requiring an adapter, and so can panniers, although maybe not at the same time.

With only $6,000 of its $50,000 goal pledged, the CERO One has a long way to go–but I’m already saving up for it.

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