By Andrew Nusca
Posting in Architecture
Solar costs slashed; rice yield tech; Herzog & de Meuron; underwater skyscraper; lip-reading cell phones.
1.) A new technology that converts raw silicon ingots directly into solar cells could reduce manufacturing costs by 60 percent.
2.) A new agricultural technology that cuts nitrogen fertilizer waste in half and increases rice yields is a hit in developing nations.
3.) German furniture maker Vitra has unveiled its new museum, VitraHaus, designed by Herzog & de Meuron.
4.) The "Water-Scraper": an underwater, self-sufficient skyscraper.
5.) German researchers are working on mobile tech that allows phones to convert silent mouth movement into speech.
Mar 11, 2010