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Ephemeral data collectors: Bio-gliders are dispersed over a forest by a drone. When they reach the ground, they transmit environmental data until they are eventually decomposed by soil organisms. Illustration: Empa
The Flying Sensors That Monitor Ecosystems and Crumble to Dust
The Idea   Empa researchers have developed bio-gliders, innovative flying sensors inspired by the Java…
The new self-powered thermoelectric generator device uses an ultra-broadband solar absorber (UBSA) to capture sunlight, which heats the generator. Simultaneously, another component called a planar radiative cooling emitter (RCE) cools part of the device by releasing heat. CREDIT: Haoyuan Cai, Jimei University
Harness the Sun and Night Sky: The Game-Changing Generator that Powers Gadgets 24/7
The Idea   Scientists have made a new way to make electricity that doesn't need…

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The current outbreak of Avian Influenza is killing wild birds that were unaffected by previous outbreaks, like bald eagles. Image Credit: Murray Foubister / Wikicommons
Why This Bird Flu is Different and Why We Need to Act Now
The Idea   Scientists are sounding the alarm about a new and deadly bird flu…

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