TECHNOLOGY - 3-D Printing Is Ready to Explode
Many startups are chasing the market for domestic 3-D printers with cheap and cheerful machines ..

TECHNOLOGY - An Affordable Solar Lantern, Made in Africa
Solar lanterns are an excellent small-scale use of renewable energy, whether for camping, for an emergency preparedness kit, or just as a low-carbon source of light at home. But for most of us, with easy access to the grid and cheap batteries in every store, they’re just a neat accessory.However, in many parts of the world, such as rural eastern Africa, they can be a life-changing item, because only a small percentage of the population has access ...
An Affordable Solar Lantern, Made in Africa

TECHNOLOGY - Little, low-priced 3-D scanner from Toronto part of CES draw
( —Toronto-based Matterform showcased a 3D scanner at this year's CES with two attention-drawing features: It is easy to use for designers, hobbyists and consumers and it is priced below $600. The company promotes the scanner as requiring no assembly, ready to use out of the box. The goal is to get the user's target object from scanning platter to 3D printer as easily as possible. "Unfold it, plug it in, place an object on the scan bed

TECHNOLOGY - Micro-windmills could one day charge cell phones
The tiny devices are only one-tenth the size of a grain of rice .. ...

TECHNOLOGY - Pedal Power — Simple Human-Powered Means Of a Generating Electricity
If you’ve ever thought that you’d like to own an electricity generating bicycle, well, guess what, now you can. Pedal Power — as the concept has been dubbed — will give consumers the means to create electricity using nothing but their own muscle, via one of two newly designed machines — the Big Rig, and the Pedal Genny.The machines — developed over the past five years by a pair of entrepreneurs from upstate New York —

TECHNOLOGY - Steam of hot flue gases saves energy at steel mills
A new solution from Siemens takes advantage of hot flue gases from arc furnaces to generate steam. This steam can then be used for other steel mill processes or for generating electricity. In the past, flue gases were usually not utilized, so the energy they carried was lost. The system consists of steam boilers, pipes, water tanks, and pumps and can be directly integrated into the existing flue gas cooling system. Theoretically, the system could ...

TECHNOLOGY - Using 3D printers to create prosthetic limbs for Ugandans
A University of Toronto lab is partnering with an international NGO and a Ugandan hospital to use 3-D scanning and printing to speed the process of creating and fitting sockets for artificial limbs .. ...

TECHNOLOGY - Video game players can check out Toyota concept
Video game players will get a chance to try out a virtual version of Toyota's new concept sports car that was unveiled in Detroit as a symbol of the automaker's design future .. ...