Artificial muscles run on glucose and oxygen, just like the real thing (15/07/2019)

Scientists at Linköping University have blurred the line between robot and organism by developing an artificial muscle that runs off of glucose and oxygen like its organic counterpart. Made of a special polymer, the new plastic muscles open the promise of implantable artificial muscles and micro-robots that can be powered like living organs.

Taking charge: Researchers team up to make better batteries (15/07/2019)

A Florida State University and Cornell University research team found that batteries built from inexpensive and safe components can deliver three to four times the punch of batteries built with today's state-of-the-art lithium ion technology.

Electron beam strengthens recyclable nanocomposite (15/07/2019)

Polymers reinforced with carbon fibers combine strength and low weight. They also boast significant green credentials as they are less resource-intensive during production and use, and they are readily recycled. 

High-performance sodium ion batteries using copper sulfide (14/07/2019)

Researchers presented a new strategy for extending sodium ion batteries' cyclability using copper sulfide as the electrode material. This strategy has led to high-performance conversion reactions and is expected to advance the commercialization of sodium ion batteries as they emerge as an alternative to lithium ion batteries.

Engineers revolutionize molecular microscopy (12/07/2019)

Engineers have developed a method for  measuring the electrical potentials of molecules and molecular surfaces with previously unattainable precision and speed. They have, for the first time, succeeded in creating high resolution maps of molecular electrical potentials, i.e. the electric fields that surround all matter, within just a few minutes.

Solar power system that works at night a renewable energy game-changer (11/07/2019)

An innovative thermal battery being developed by Curtin University researchers will be key to a solar power system capable of producing electricity overnight, rivaling fossil fuels as a viable source of power for commercial and heavy industries around the world, including mining operations.

Engineers develop chip that converts wasted heat to usable energy (11/07/2019)

It's estimated that as much as two-thirds of energy consumed in the U.S. each year is wasted as heat. Take for example, car engines, laptop computers, cell phones, even refrigerators, that heat up with overuse.

Artificial muscles run on glucose and oxygen, just like the real thing (11/07/2019)

Scientists at Linköping University have blurred the line between robot and organism by developing an artificial muscle that runs off of glucose and oxygen like its organic counterpart. Made of a special polymer, the new plastic muscles open the promise of implantable artificial muscles and micro-robots that can be powered like living organs.

New technique could brighten screens and make smartphone batteries last longer (08/07/2019)

Our future TV and smartphone screens could have double the energy efficiency, thanks to a technique invented by Imperial scientists.

Producing graphene from carbon dioxide (08/07/2019)

The general public knows the chemical compound of carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas in the atmosphere and because of its global-warming effect. However, carbon dioxide can also be a useful raw material for chemical reactions. A working group at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has now reported on this unusual application in the ChemSusChem journal. They are using carbon dioxide as a raw material to produce graphene, a technological material which is currently the subject of intense study.