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Make Way For These Environment-friendly Roads Made of Recycled Plastic and Solar Panels

Say hello to these futuristic eco-friendly roads: an electricity-generating road, and a road made of recycled plastic!

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The Recycled Road of Rotterdam

We sure have a big problem with our plastic wastes. Although efforts on recycling and reducing these wastes have been pushed, somehow using plastic products is an inevitable reality. As for building roads, we have depleting supplies of the materials used for road-building and repairs. Not to mention that concrete and asphalt degrade over the years and needs to be reconstructed, refilled or renovated every 5 years or so.

Good thing that Anne Koudstaal and Simon Jorritsma of KWS Netherlands, the largest road-builder company in the country thought of an innovative way to replace asphalt blacktop roads with plastic. With this proposed recycled road made of plastic, the problem of plastic garbage and perpetual repairs are eliminated.

Koudstaal and Jorritsma of KWS Netherlands with their prototype concept of the Plastic Road.

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The many good poins of having a recycled plastic road is that it is far more lighter than asphalt. Plastic can also be reinforced to withstand greater weights of cars and trucks. The plastic roads will also be waterproof and a hollow water reservoir or drainage underneath it is incorporated in the design to eliminate flooded roads. And one of the best parts is that we minimize our plastic wastes, and at the same time save on repairs. Since plastics don’t degrade at all that much, plastic roads can withstand for as much as 50 years without any repairs at all. The aesthetic quality of having colored roads other than the boring black asphalt is just an added bonus in my opinion.

A closer look at the concept of building the plastic road, with support beams underneath and flood reservoir.

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As of now, the plastic road model is still being put into reality. A prototype is being built right now and the site will be in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The team is looking at completing a prototype within 2 to 3 years time.

The full concept of how the plastic road is supposed to look like

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Amazing isn’t it? We sure hope both the SolaRoad and Plastic Road can pave the way for more eco-friendly roads and contribute to the solution of some of our most pressing and pertinent environmental issues. Visit this site for more info on the SolaRoad.

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Introducing Li-Fi, a LED Light-Powered Technology That Is 100 Times Faster Than Wi-Fi! Amazing!

Forget Wi-fi. Li-Fi is the legit beat!

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Wi-fi has done tremendous things to humanity. It has enabled people from all over the world to stay connected, entertained and informed 24/7. However, we have to admit that it has its drawbacks. For one, some telecom providers charge skyrocket amount for Wi-fi services. Sometimes, we also have to deal with poor connection and the likes.

Now, Wi-fi finally got itself a competitor in a new technology discovered called Li-fi.

Li-fi utilizes visible spectrum instead of radio waves. It boasts a speed 100 times faster than the conventional Wi-fi such that it can offer 1Gbps (gigabit per second).

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Top 10 Most Mind Boggling Facts About CERN’s Large Hadron Collider

#6 Is Creepy!

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CERN is well-known in the world due to its discovery of the Higgs Boson particle, which is said to enable particles to add up its mass as it travel through the Higgs field. Named after Peters Higgs, who first predicted the idea in 1964, the substance discovered is also known as the "God particle."

At present, CERN, which is the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is recognized to be the biggest particle physics laboratory in the world.

Here are 10 things about CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which revealed wonderful facts about physics and beyond.

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Forget About Flying Cars and Hoverboards! Japan’s One-Man Electric Helicopter Is The Future

I seriously want one!

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If Marty McFly really traveled to 2015, I suspect he'd probably be disappointed that we still don't have flying cars or hoverboards. But hey, I’m guessing he will be impressed that something like this is already in development.

Meet Hirobo’s BIT – an innovative electric helicopter designed for a single user.

First displayed last year at the Japan Aerospace show, this sweet ride is originally intended to hit the market by 2020. If things go as planned though, it might be available next year.

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