The Biobattery: Turning Sewage Sludge into Electricity and Engine Oil
Posted Feb 27, 2015 by Eng-Tips in News
Sewage sludge, green waste, production residue from the food industry, straw or animal excrement – with the biobattery's modular concept a much larger range of biomass can be utilized for energy rec...
Building Blocks of the Future Defy Logic: New Logic-Defying Mathematical Model
Posted Feb 26, 2015 by Eng-Tips in News
Wake up in the morning and stretch; your midsection narrows. Pull on a piece of plastic at separate ends; it becomes thinner. So does a rubber band. One might assume that when a force is applied along...
Spin Laser: Rapid Data Transfer Thanks to Quantum Physics
Posted Feb 25, 2015 by Eng-Tips in News
RUB engineers have developed a new concept for accelerating data transfer in server farms. To this end, the team at the Chair of Photonics and Terahertz Technology applies a quantum-mechanical varia...
Radio Chip for the "Internet of Things"
Posted Feb 24, 2015 by Eng-Tips in News
At this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the big theme was the "Internet of things" — the idea that everything in the human environment, from kitchen appliances to industrial equipment...
New Catalyst to Create Chemical Building Blocks from Biomass
Posted Feb 23, 2015 by Eng-Tips in News
University of Tokyo researchers have developed a novel selective catalyst that allows the creation of several basic chemicals from biomass instead of petroleum. This discovery may lead to the use of p...
Perfect Colors, Captured with One Ultra-Thin Lens
Posted Feb 20, 2015 by Eng-Tips in News
Most lenses are, by definition, curved. After all, they are named for their resemblance to lentils, and a glass lens made flat is just a window with no special powers. But a new type of lens create...
Cheap Solar Cells Made from Shrimp Shells
Posted Feb 19, 2015 by Eng-Tips in News
The materials chitin and chitosan found in the shells are abundant and significantly cheaper to produce than the expensive metals such as ruthenium, which is similar to platinum, that are currently us...
Scientists Find Strongest Natural Material Known to Humans
Posted Feb 18, 2015 by Eng-Tips in News
Limpet teeth might be the strongest natural material known to man, a new study has found. Researchers from the University of Portsmouth have discovered that limpets – small aquatic snail-like cre...
New Desalination Technology Could Answer State Drought Woes
Posted Feb 17, 2015 by Eng-Tips in News
Could desalination be the answer to California's drought? As parts of the state become drier, scientists are looking at ways to turn seawater into drinkable water. [caption id="attachment_4751" ali...
Electricity: A Smart grid, Simply Self-organized, Decentralized, and Hack Resistant
Posted Feb 13, 2015 by Eng-Tips in News
Electricity supply and demand can be coordinated in an entirely decentralized way with the help of a new type of smart grid control. To improve the management of fluctuations in the electricity sup...
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