New Research Could Lead to More Efficient Electrical Energy Storage
Posted March 5, 2015 by in News
Lawrence Livermore researchers have identified electrical charge-induced changes in the structure and bonding of graphitic carbon electrodes that may one day affect the way energy is stored. The re...
Float Like a Mosquito: Mechanical Logic May Inspire Aquatic Robots, Better Boats
Posted March 4, 2015 by in News
Small semi-aqueous arthropods, such as mosquitoes and water striders, are free to go about their waterborne business thanks to their unique leg-based adaptations, which repel water and allow them to f...
Pens Filled with High-Tech Inks for Do It Yourself Sensors
Posted March 3, 2015 by in News
A new simple tool developed by nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego, is opening the door to an era when anyone will be able to build sensors, anywhere, including physicians in the ...
Supersonic Electrons Could Produce Future Solar Fuel
Posted March 2, 2015 by in News
Researchers from institutions including Lund University have taken a step closer to producing solar fuel using artificial photosynthesis. In a new study, they have successfully tracked the electrons' ...
The Biobattery: Turning Sewage Sludge into Electricity and Engine Oil
Posted February 27, 2015 by 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 February 26, 2015 by 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 February 25, 2015 by 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 February 24, 2015 by 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 February 23, 2015 by 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 February 20, 2015 by 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 February 19, 2015 by 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 February 18, 2015 by 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 February 17, 2015 by 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 February 13, 2015 by 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...
Eruptions Evicted: Anti-geyser Testing Completed for Space Launch System Liquid Oxygen Tank
Posted February 12, 2015 by in News
Goodbye, geysers! NASA engineers have successfully finished anti-geyser testing for the liquid oxygen tank that will help fuel the agency's new rocket, the Space Launch System, on the journey to Mars....
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