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Top 100 Science Ideas in September

From Eco-Friendly Smart Bricks to Crop Yield Predictors

— September 24, 2016 — Tech
As the September 2016 science trends reveal, researchers are continuing to experiment with new technology as a way to remedy the effects of climate change, while also preventing further damage to the planet.

For many researchers, finding renewable sources of energy is key to protecting the environment. As a result, scientists all over the world are working on new and creative ways to generate power. Examples of these projects range from eco-friendly smart bricks to efficient solar steam generators.

Beyond cultivating new energy sources, the September 2016 science trends also reveal an emphasis on making modern agriculture more efficient. For instance, a startup called 'Descartes Labs' is currently working on technology that provides farmers with in-depth data on how their crops will preform. A more unusual agricultural project is the 'Pee Hive,' which turns urine into fertilizer.
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Sound-Based Malware Systems
Sound-Based Malware Systems
'DiskFiltration' Gathers Data By Listening to Hard Drives
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Communicative Quantum Satellites
Communicative Quantum Satellites
The QUESS Is The First Space Quantum Cryptography Experiment
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98
Genetic Doping Tests
Genetic Doping Tests
The World Anti-Doping Agency is Will Test for a Futuristic Doping Method
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97
Protective ATV Accessories
Protective ATV Accessories
This Rollover Protection System Keeps
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96
Saliva-Based Marijuana Tests
Saliva-Based Marijuana Tests
A New Test Can Detect the Presence of THC Through Saliva
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95
Energy-Efficient Engine Facilities
Energy-Efficient Engine Facilities
Ford's Dagenham Diesel Centre's Production Line Saves Water Use
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94
Juridical Bail-Setting Algorithms
Juridical Bail-Setting Algorithms
San Francisco Courts are Testing an Algorithm to Modernize Bail
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93
Handwriting-Forging Software
Handwriting-Forging Software
'My Text in Your Handwriting' Creates Forged Text from Small Samples
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92
Wireless Warning Sensors
Wireless Warning Sensors
These Wireless Sensors Are Powered By Vibrations From Railway Tracks
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91
Asteroid Mining Missions
Asteroid Mining Missions
'Deep Space Industries' Will Harvest Minerals and Metals from Asteroids
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90
3D Movie Screens
3D Movie Screens
Cinema 3D Will Allow Moviegoers to Watch 3D Films Without Glasses
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89
AI Software Hacking Battles
AI Software Hacking Battles
In DARPA's 'Cyber Grand Challenge,' Software Programs Hack it Out
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88
Lightweight Lithium Car Batteries
Lightweight Lithium Car Batteries
The Lithium-Oxygen Auto Cells Provide a Quicker Charge
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87
Urine-Based Fertilizers
Urine-Based Fertilizers
The 'Pee Hive' Fuels the 'Sustainable Fertilizer from Urine Project'
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Shoe-Based Tracking Robots
Shoe-Based Tracking Robots
A New Disney Patent Plans to Track Park Visitors with Pictures of Shoes
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Swing-Adding Music Tools
Swing-Adding Music Tools
The 'Swingify' App Modifies Any Song to Give it a Swing Beat
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84
Compact Water Microreactors
Compact Water Microreactors
This Water Treatment Solution Uses Ultraviolet Energy
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83
Unmanned Military Vessels
Unmanned Military Vessels
This Vessel is Designed to Track Hostile Submarines
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82
Herbicide-Launching Guns
Herbicide-Launching Guns
This Paintball-Like Gun Allows You To Apply Herbicide In Difficult Areas
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81
Assistive AR Apps
Assistive AR Apps
The Rescue Assist App Helps Emergency Services Save Lives
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80
Weight-Shifting Airplanes
Weight-Shifting Airplanes
This Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Shifts Weights Within Its Wings
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79
3D Universe Maps
3D Universe Maps
The 'Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument' Will Measure Galaxies with Robots
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Virtual Reality Certificates
Virtual Reality Certificates
Students at Cogswell Polytechnical College Can Now Specialize in VR
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AI Co-Created Cars
AI Co-Created Cars
'Hack Rod' is Creating a Next-Generation Car with the Help of AI Tech
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Gigantic Low-Cost Airships
Gigantic Low-Cost Airships
This Huge Airship Could Be Used For Civilian & Industrial Applications
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75
Optimal Traffic Light Detectors
Optimal Traffic Light Detectors
Audi's Traffic Light Information System Helps You Hit Green Lights
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Granular Health Sensors
Granular Health Sensors
The 'Neural Dust' Sensor Can Be Ingested to Monitor Organ Health
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Bacteria-Killing Nanosurfaces
Bacteria-Killing Nanosurfaces
'Black Silicon' Kills Harmful Bacteria Without Damaging Human Cells
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Online Vocabulary Tests
Online Vocabulary Tests
Ghent University's English Vocabulary Test Poses Real and Fake Words
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71
Eco-Friendly Desalination Plants
Eco-Friendly Desalination Plants
The Deep Water Desal Facility Will Use Minimal Amounts Of Energy
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70
Hidden Face-Identifying Software
Hidden Face-Identifying Software
The 'Faceless Recognition System' Identifies Concealed Faces
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69
Fluorescent Jellyfish Lasers
Fluorescent Jellyfish Lasers
The New Polariton Laser System Could Contribute to Advances in Optics
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68
Memory-Enhancing Devices
Memory-Enhancing Devices
The Tiny Device from 'Kernel' Improves the Function of the Hippocampus
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Amputation-Preventing Bandages
Amputation-Preventing Bandages
This Special Bandage Speeds Up the Healing Of Diabetic Ulcers
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66
Drug-Producing Bioreactors
Drug-Producing Bioreactors
This Bioreactor Can Produce Numerous Bio-Pharmaceutical Drugs
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65
Disorienting Symptom Simulators
Disorienting Symptom Simulators
This Hi-Tech Helmet Enables People to Experience Dementia
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Variable Compression Engines
Variable Compression Engines
This Petrol Engine Automatically Adjusts Its Compression As You Drive
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Gym-Simulating Video Games
Gym-Simulating Video Games
SymGym's Physical Video Games Combine Gaming and Strength Training
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Virtual Space Engineering Contests
Virtual Space Engineering Contests
This Contest Requires Virtual Robots to Fix Specific Problems
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Celebratory Mars Rover Games
Celebratory Mars Rover Games
'Mars Rover' is a Cute Simulation of the Curiosity Rover's Mission
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60
Robust Robotic Caterpillars
Robust Robotic Caterpillars
This Miniature Soft Robot Relies On Light As a Power Source
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Energy-Efficient Electrochromic Glass
Energy-Efficient Electrochromic Glass
The University of Texas' Glass is Electronically Controlled
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Modular Professional Drones
Modular Professional Drones
The L-A Series Of Drones Are Ideal For Agricultural and Industrial Use
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Crop Yield Predictors
Crop Yield Predictors
'Descartes Labs' Uses Satellites and AI to Estimate Crop Yields
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Portable Power Generators
Portable Power Generators
The EStream Generates Energy From Water Sources
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Hospital-Sterilizing Robots
Hospital-Sterilizing Robots
This Robot Uses Ultraviolet Light to Clean Hospital Rooms
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Smog-Absorbing Plants
Smog-Absorbing Plants
A New Honeysuckle Plant Strain Could Drastically Reduce Pollution
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53
LEGO Particle Colliders
LEGO Particle Colliders
This Large Hadron Collider Model Takes Lego Engineering To the Next Level
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Infant MRI Machines
Infant MRI Machines
The New Machine from Aspect Imaging can Save Newborns' Lives
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Eco-Friendly Burning Techniques
Eco-Friendly Burning Techniques
The 'Blue Whirl' is a New Type of Flame That Could Help Oil Spills
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Ocular Digital Cameras
Ocular Digital Cameras
The 'Dynamic Vision Sensor' Takes Inspiration from Eyes to Process Images
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Aerodynamic Fluorescent Paints
Aerodynamic Fluorescent Paints
NASA's 'Pressure-Sensitive Paint' Will Coat Aircraft
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Wearable Cloud Computing Systems
Wearable Cloud Computing Systems
This Leather Jacket is Equipped With 10 Raspberry Pi Computers
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Responsive AR Environments
Responsive AR Environments
'Interactive Dynamic Video' Lets Virtual Characters Move Real Objects
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Hypertension-Preventing Phone Cases
Hypertension-Preventing Phone Cases
This Blood Pressure Gauge Takes the Form of an iPhone Case
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Non-Invasive 3D Body Scanners
Non-Invasive 3D Body Scanners
Styku Captures Visual Data to Aid in Weight Loss Goals and Much More
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Comprehensive Weather Cameras
Comprehensive Weather Cameras
Bloomsky's Weather Cameras Broadcast Precise Data In Real-Time
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Laser-Deflecting Lightsaber Patents
Laser-Deflecting Lightsaber Patents
This Disney Patent Would Let People Use Lightsabers on Lasers
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Eco-Friendly Suspension Systems
Eco-Friendly Suspension Systems
This Audi System Harnesses Electricity For a Comfortable Ride
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Minuscule Robotic Eyes
Minuscule Robotic Eyes
This New 'LIDAR' Sensor System is Tiny and Inexpensive
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Levitating Styrofoam Balls
Levitating Styrofoam Balls
Researchers are Levitating Polystyrene Balls Using Sound Waves
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Avocado Ripeness Extenders
Avocado Ripeness Extenders
The 'Natavo Zero' Keeps Avocados Ripe Without the Use of Chemicals
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Solar-Powered Dust Barriers
Solar-Powered Dust Barriers
The Solar Dust Fence is a Self-Sustaining Dust Vacuum for Construction
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Accent-Recognition Software Crowdsourcing
Accent-Recognition Software Crowdsourcing
Companies are Turning to Reddit to Get Accent Samples
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Omni-Directional Cubic Drones
Omni-Directional Cubic Drones
The 'Omnicopter' Drone Can Fly Through All Six Degrees of 3D Space
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Efficient Solar Steam Generators
Efficient Solar Steam Generators
ANU's Solar Thermal Dish Converts 97 Percent of Sunlight to Steam
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Character-Creating Neural Networks
Character-Creating Neural Networks
A Researcher Used Google's 'Deep Dream' to Create New Pokemon
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Robot-Crafted Concrete Molds
Robot-Crafted Concrete Molds
'Mesh Mould Metal' Enables Plasticity in Concrete Shaping
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Endurant Combat Submersibles
Endurant Combat Submersibles
These Submersibles Can Manage Greater Depths and Distances
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Levitating Quantum Race Cars
Levitating Quantum Race Cars
The QMR Offers a Futuristic Vehicle That Hovers Around the Race Track
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Computer Molding Experiments
Computer Molding Experiments
Computational Thermoforming Could Disrupt Fabrication Design
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Space Taxi Parking Spots
Space Taxi Parking Spots
Astronauts Will Install a Port for Space Taxis on the ISS
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Firefighting Amphibious Aircraft
Firefighting Amphibious Aircraft
The AG600 is the World's Largest Amphibious Plane
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Self-Assembling Smartphones
Self-Assembling Smartphones
MIT's 'Self-Assembly Lab' is Reimagining the Manufacturing Industry
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Waterproof Reconnaissance Drones
Waterproof Reconnaissance Drones
The Skylark C Drone Can Monitor and Track Targets
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Sleep-Inspired Workouts
Sleep-Inspired Workouts
NordicTrack is Partnering with iFit for Workouts Based on Sleep Patterns
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Vibrating Astronaut Footwear
Vibrating Astronaut Footwear
These Space Shoes Help Prevent Astronauts From Suffering Falls
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Radio Wave Phone Charging
Radio Wave Phone Charging
Radient Micro-Tech Uses RF Waves for Truly Wireless Phone Charging
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Eco-Friendly Smart Bricks
Eco-Friendly Smart Bricks
The 'LIAR Project' is Creating Living Bricks That Generate Power
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Accurate Virtual Paintbrushes
Accurate Virtual Paintbrushes
'Project Wetbrush' Tracks Each Bristle for Virtual Oil Paintings
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Space-Expanding VR Structures
Space-Expanding VR Structures
'Unlimited Corridor' Creates the Illusion of Walking Long Distances
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Futuristic Farm Pavilions
Futuristic Farm Pavilions
The 'Area of the Future' Will Emphasize Hydroponic Plant Cultivation
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3D-Printed Anatomy Kits
3D-Printed Anatomy Kits
Researchers are Using Lifelike Models for Medical Teaching
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Alcohol-Tracking Tattoos
Alcohol-Tracking Tattoos
This Transdermal Alcohol Monitor Tracks Blood Alcohol Levels In Real Time
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3D-Printed Ear Prosthetics
3D-Printed Ear Prosthetics
A Scottish Doctor is Using 3D Technology to Help Children With Microtia
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Digitally Generated Fractal Art
Digitally Generated Fractal Art
Joseph Pollack Writes Code to Create His Artwork
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Touchscreen Temporary Tattoos
Touchscreen Temporary Tattoos
DuoSkin Tattoos Look Like Gold Leaf and Function as Touchscreens
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Glowing Drawing Pads
Glowing Drawing Pads
'LumoPad' is Like an Etch-a-Sketch That Uses Light to Make Drawings
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CO2-Converting Solar Cells
CO2-Converting Solar Cells
This New Solar Energy Technique Turns CO2 into Usable Energy
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Planted Wireless Speakers
Planted Wireless Speakers
The 'Nalo' Speaker Forces Listeners to Connect with the Environment
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Fantasy Map Generators
Fantasy Map Generators
'Generating Fantasy Maps' is a Coding Project That Creates Fictional Worlds
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Martian Desert Colonies
Martian Desert Colonies
Prototypes for the 3D-Printed Mars Colony Will Be Tested in the Mojave
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Strong Bendable Concrete
Strong Bendable Concrete
ConFlexPave is a New Material from Nanyang Technological University
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Corporeal Product Design Systems
Corporeal Product Design Systems
The 'Digital Hand' Uses a Kinect to Create Furniture and Objects
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Hypersonic Space Planes
Hypersonic Space Planes
This Chinese Design Will Take Off from a Runway and Enter Earth's Orbit
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Biodegradable Plastic Wrap Alternatives
Biodegradable Plastic Wrap Alternatives
This Edible Film Packaging is Made from a Milk Protein
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Miniature Wind Turbines
Miniature Wind Turbines
The Micro Wind Turbine Offers Unbeatable Portability and Efficiency
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Fungal Leather Products
Fungal Leather Products
The "Leather" Products from MycoWorks are Made from Mushroom Plant Waste
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Printed 3D Hologram Cards
Printed 3D Hologram Cards
Lumii Technology Lets Users Create 3D Holograms with Consumer Printers
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Cancer-Detection Apps
Cancer-Detection Apps
The Dermofit App Assists Early Stage Skin Cancer Detection Efforts
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