What we're reading: silent speech tech

Solar costs slashed; rice yield tech; Herzog & de Meuron; underwater skyscraper; lip-reading cell phones.
Written by Andrew Nusca, Contributor

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.

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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