‘Smart’ Bandage Emits Phosphorescent Glow
Posted October 1, 2014 by in News
Inspired by a desire to help wounded soldiers, an international, multidisciplinary team of researchers led by Assistant Professor Conor L. Evans at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine of Massachusett...
How to Make a ‘Perfect’ Solar Absorber
Posted September 30, 2014 by in News
The key to creating a material that would be ideal for converting solar energy to heat is tuning the material’s spectrum of absorption just right: It should absorb virtually all wavelengths of l...
Harvesting Energy from Walking Around
Posted September 29, 2014 by in News
A shoe fits a device that saves the energy the person makes by walking and successfully uses it in watch batteries. At the Center for Research in Advanced Materials (CIMAV), scientists decided to R...
Turning the Moon Into a Cosmic Ray Detector
Posted September 26, 2014 by in News
Scientists from the University of Southampton are to turn the Moon into a giant particle detector to help understand the origin of Ultra-High-Energy (UHE) cosmic rays — the most energetic partic...
New Mobile Solar Unit Is Designed to Save Lives When the Power Goes Out
Posted September 25, 2014 by in News
Brooke Ellison draws her own power from will, but the ventilator that keeps her alive requires uninterrupted electricity. Dr. Ellison, Director of Education and Ethics at Stony Brook University’...
Taking Advantage of Graphene Defects: Security Screening
Posted September 24, 2014 by in News
Scientists have discovered a potential application for graphene in security screening. A new theoretical model estimates electric current rectification in graphene. Electronic transport in graphene co...
‘Bendy’ LEDs: Displays and Solar Cells Closer
Posted September 23, 2014 by in News
“Bendy” light-emitting diode (LED) displays and solar cells crafted with inorganic compound semiconductor micro-rods are moving one step closer to reality, thanks to graphene and the work ...
Trees That Can Increase Biomass Production
Posted September 22, 2014 by in News
Thanks to biotechnology, researchers at UPM have increased the production of woody species. This result is of great interest to the energy market. By modifying the gene expressions responsible for the...
Superabsorbing Ring: Ultimate Camera Pixel
Posted September 19, 2014 by in News
A quantum effect in which excited atoms team up to emit an enhanced pulse of light can be turned on its head to create ‘superabsorbing’ systems that could make the ‘ultimate camera p...
‘Honeybee’ Robots Replicate Swarm Behavior
Posted September 18, 2014 by in News
Computer scientists have created a low-cost, autonomous micro-robot which in large numbers can replicate the behaviour of swarming honeybees. Colias — named after a genus of butterfly — is...
Chin Strap Harvests Energy from Chewing
Posted September 17, 2014 by in News
A chin strap that can harvest energy from jaw movements has been created by a group of researchers in Canada. It is hoped that the device can generate electricity from eating, chewing and talking, and...
Scientists Come Closer to the Industrial Synthesis of a Material Harder Than Diamond
Posted September 16, 2014 by in News
Researchers from the Technological Institute for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials in Troitsk, MIPT, MISiS, and MSU have developed anew method for the synthesis of an ultrahard material that exceed...
New Light Shed On Why Batteries Go Bad
Posted September 15, 2014 by in News
A comprehensive look at how tiny particles in a lithium ion battery electrode behave shows that rapid-charging the battery and using it to do high-power, rapidly draining work may not be as damaging a...
How Salt Causes Buildings to Crumble
Posted September 12, 2014 by in News
Salt crystals are often responsible when buildings start to show signs of ageing. Researchers from the Institute for Building Materials have studied salt damage in greater depth and can now predict we...
World’s Largest DNA Origami Created
Posted September 11, 2014 by in News
Researchers from North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of Copenhagen have created the world’s largest DNA origami, which are nanoscale constructions with applicatio...
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