Friday, October 18, 2013

Inspiring Technology: Concrete Canvas

I know I haven't been posting in the last few months, but with my first midterm under my belt, I have decided to begin making more Inspiring Technology reports. However, I will be structuring them differently from now on. Rather than having larger weekly reports, I am going to be posting more frequent, smaller articles from now on.

 Concrete Canvas

Earlier this week I happened to come across a YouTube video about a new type of concrete that acts like a thick fabric before it sets, allowing it to cover any curved or irregular surface and be set on site with little difficulty. Essentially, Concrete canvas is composed of a synthetic fiber fabric which has been impregnated with a special concrete mix and backed with PVC to make it waterproof.

A roll of Concrete Canvas, which acts like a thick fabric before it is set with water.
A bulk roll of Concrete Canvas. Courtesy of Concrete Canvas Ltd.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Inspiring Technology: Underwater Vibrations, Bacteria, Solar Wind

Over the past two weeks, the Inspiring Technology reports have been focused on advancements in energy, both in wind generators and solar panels. This week, I am going to bring to light some other, less conventional methods that many scientists and researchers believe could be the answer to our energy problems. Some of the ideas being posed sound odd. However, the forces that researchers are trying to harness have been around us a long time.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Inspiring Technology: Flexible Glass, Nanostructures, Carbon Solar Panel

Last week on Inspiring Technology I discussed the merits of wind technology and new advancements in the field. This week, and the next two after this, I am going to be discussing other advancements that are making alternative energy safer and more economical.

This week, I am going to be discussing new advancements in solar energy that makes it more affordable and accessible. For a long time solar power has been considered the energy of the wealthy, because it has a reputation of being extremely expensive. However, these new technologies might make it possible for anyone to afford solar power.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Historical Preservation, Your Property and Your Community Part 2: Repair, Restore, or Replace

An old house in Poland that needs work on the foundation and siding.
House in Disrepair. CC-A-ND, sollyth, Flickr.

If you have identified the architectural style of your home in part I, then you may feel ready to undertake projects to help restore your house to its original splendor. However, one of the most difficult decisions you will have to make when restoring any building is the one that has to be asked before any restoration is even started. Should the portion or component of the building be repaired, restored, or replaced. This question is commonly associated with old windows because of their frequent need for repair, but in recent years has been applied to any part of an old building.

For many people replacing a part seems like the easiest method, in many cases it requires the least effort and often will make a building more efficient, secure, and safe by modern standards. A new component in a house will promise less maintenance than restored parts. From a brief glance replacement seems like the best method for someone who doesn't have a personal interest in the historical value of their home and who could use some more money.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Inspiring Technology: Windstalks, Saphonians, Windbelts

A wind farm composed of numerous three-blade generators.
A traditional wind farm

Over the next four weeks the Inspiring Technology posts are going to tackle new technologies that are being used to revolutionize the energy industry. These designs not only make current energy sources more efficient, but they also take energy from some of the most unlikely places.

In today's post, I am going to show you three new ideas that are changing the way wind energy is being collected. From updating the current turbine to using totally different methods altogether, these new generators are inspiring both in their functionality and beauty.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Historical Preservation, Your Property and Your Community Part I: Determining the Architectural Style

Most people think that historical preservation is just maintaining the original splendor of castles, battlefields, mansions, and other important buildings. However, some of the most important historical preservation is being done on a smaller, more local scale. The heart of historical preservation is not just to protect national monuments and relics, but largely to protect local stories. Every region in every country has some story to tell, whether it happened 60 years ago or 600 years ago. These stories are important and that is what historical preservation seeks to protect. Local preservation has become extremely important in the last few years. Whether it is an old house that has been in your house for years or a local storefront that dates back to one of the gold rushes, it is important to try to restore these historical buildings into their original state.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Inspiring Technology: Neurostimulation, Glucose Monitoring, Healing Gel

Some of the largest advancements in technology today is happening in the medical field. As the average age of the United States continues to increase there is an increased need to provide new, innovative ways to treat many different diseases and illnesses. Thankfully, new technologies are being researched that can provide more efficient therapy without using as many chemicals. These technologies are being used largely to make living with chronic diseases such as diabetes much easier.

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