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Battery design could reduce electric car weight

Battery weight has long vexed engineers designing electric cars for the mass market Bigger batteries are needed to power a car for longer distances but their weight in turn requires the car to expend more ... - Read More

Cleaning the air with roof tiles

A team of University of California Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering students created a roof tile coating that when applied to an average sized residential roof breaks down the same amount of smog causing nitrogen ... - Read More

Hot spots for molecules: Ultra-high sensitivity molecular detection

The accurate placement of molecules into gaps between gold nanoantennas enables ultra high sensitivity molecular detection The ability to detect tiny quantities of molecules is important for chemical sensing as well as biological and medical ... - Read More

Carbon-capture breakthrough

Rice University scientists have created an Earth friendly way to separate carbon dioxide from natural gas at wellheads A porous material invented by the Rice lab of chemist James Tour sequesters carbon dioxide a greenhouse ... - Read More

Carbon-capture breakthrough: Recyclable material absorbs 82 percent of its weight in carbon dioxide

Rice University scientists have created an Earth friendly way to separate carbon dioxide from natural gas at wellheads A porous material invented by the Rice lab of chemist James Tour sequesters carbon dioxide a greenhouse ... - Read More

Progress on detecting glucose levels in saliva: New biochip sensor

Researchers from Brown University have developed a new biochip sensor that can selectively measure concentrations of glucose in a complex solution similar to human saliva The advance is an important step toward a device that ... - Read More

Reducing emissions will be primary way to fight climate change, study finds

Forget about positioning giant mirrors in space to reduce the amount of sunlight being trapped in Earth's atmosphere or seeding clouds to reduce the amount of light entering earth's atmosphere Those approaches to climate engineering ... - Read More

Microbes engineered for direct conversion of biomass to fuel

The promise of affordable transportation fuels from biomass a sustainable carbon neutral route to American energy independence has been left perpetually on hold by the economics of the conversion process New research from the University ... - Read More

New method of wormlike motion lets gels wiggle through water

Next time you spot an earthworm sliding through fresh dirt take a closer look What you're seeing is an organic movement called peristaltic locomotion that has been meticulously refined by nature Jarod Gregory an undergraduate ... - Read More

Engineering professor hopes to improve carbon-capture with patented technology

Less than a year after patenting a process that could improve stripping greenhouse gasses from industrial emissions a University of Alabama engineering professor was recently granted another patent that uses a different solvent to accomplish ... - Read More

Compact, extremely small-scale incubator microscope to examine cells in time lapse

Biologists and doctors rely heavily on incubators and microscopes Now the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT has come up with a novel solution that combines the functions of both these tools in a compact ... - Read More

A more earth-friendly way to make bright white cotton fabrics

With a growing number of consumers demanding more Earth friendly practices from the fashion world scientists are developing new ways to produce textiles that could help meet rising expectations They report in the ACS journal ... - Read More

Solar panel manufacturing is greener in Europe than China, study says

Solar panels made in China have a higher overall carbon footprint and are likely to use substantially more energy during manufacturing than those made in Europe said a new study from Northwestern University and the ... - Read More

A new way to harness waste heat: Electrochemical approach has potential to efficiently turn low-grade heat to electricity

Vast amounts of excess heat are generated by industrial processes and by electric power plants researchers around the world have spent decades seeking ways to harness some of this wasted energy Most such efforts have ... - Read More

New method for propulsion in fluids: Researchers discover a way for temperature gradients in fluids to move objects

Researchers at MIT have discovered a new way of harnessing temperature gradients in fluids to propel objects In the natural world the mechanism may influence the motion of icebergs floating on the sea and rocks ... - Read More

Better catalysts for petrochemical industry

Zeolites are among the substances which can accelerate chemical reactions they are known as catalysts Usually applied in pellet form the industrial production of gasoline from crude oil without zeolites is today inconceivable The chemical ... - Read More

Scientists Pinpoint the Creeping Nanocrystals Behind Lithium-Ion Battery Degradation

Batteries do not age gracefully The lithium ions that power portable electronics cause lingering structural damage with each cycle of charge and discharge making devices from smartphones to tablets tick toward zero faster and faster ... - Read More

Light coaxes stem cells to repair teeth: Noninvasive laser therapy could radically shift dental treatment

A Harvard led team is the first to demonstrate the ability to use low power light to trigger stem cells inside the body to regenerate tissue an advance they reported in Science Translational Medicine The ... - Read More

Engineering a better way to rebuild bone inside the body

Traumatic bone injuries such as blast wounds are often so severe that the body can't effectively repair the damage on its own To aid the recovery clinicians inject patients with proteins called growth factors The ... - Read More

Hybrid energy transfer system mimics process responsible for photosynthesis

Scientists from the University of Southampton in collaboration with the Universities of Sheffield and Crete have developed a new hybrid energy transfer system which mimics the processes responsible for photosynthesis From photosynthesis to respiration the ... - Read More
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