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Super-efficient solar cells can power homes in unforgiving areas

Scientists have long talked about black silicon (that is, silicon with nano-sized structures) having the potential to trump conventional solar power, and there's now some proof that this is happening. Aalto University researchers have developed black silicon solar cells that achieve a record 22.1 …

The Cloud Is Ready To Handle The Big Data Crush, With Some Exceptions

Is cloud making a difference in Big Data efforts? Can it deliver the agility and scalability required to handle petabytes and exabytes’ worth of data coming out of enterprises and the Internet of Things?<p>The answer to both questions is “yes, but,” according to highly engaging panel that was part of …

Big Data

Ricoh invents super-efficient power-producing rubber

No, this is not an image of a delicious Fruit Roll-Up, it's actually a unique new flexible material from Ricoh that can create electricity from pressure and vibration. Dubbed "Energy-Generating Rubber," this piezoelectric mat combines the best features of existing ceramic and polymeric materials; …

Fortune.com

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FBI testing face recognition for finding suspects

The NSA may claim it's <i>not</i> collecting photos of American citizens for a facial recognition database, but the FBI most certainly is. The feds has been building what it calls the "Next Generation Identification database," primarily by gathering mug shots from local law enforcement agencies. The …

Cisco profit edges past estimates

Cisco Systems' quarterly profit edged past market estimates as demand for new switches, routers, wireless gear and servers made up for sluggish …

Routers

Cape Town's Next Art Museum Will Be Carved From Old Silos

Hot on the heels of an eye-catching grain silo-turned-apartment building opening in Johannesburg, South Africa, the city of Cape Town will soon have its own surreal silo conversion, from British designer <b>Thomas Heatherwick</b> no less. <b>Heatherwick Studios</b> recently unveiled a proposal to carve a cluster …

City of Cape Town hits back at Sanral over toll plans

Tammy Petersen, News24<p>Cape Town - The City of Cape Town has hit back at the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral) attack on the …

Cape Town

Glasgow, Milton Keynes, Bristol – the smart cities to watch out for

In the first wave of the internet people talked to one another, but in the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution it is everyday objects that are communicating with each other, and us.<p>The end goal is smarter homes, cars and cities in which objects can be monitored and controlled so journeys are …

Smart Cities