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Food Waste Could Store Solar and Wind Energy

erythritol and xylitol both naturally occurring compounds in foods Their findings showed that with one exception heat transfer within a mixture decreased as the nanotube diameter decreased They also found that in general higher density ... - Read More

Power walk: Footsteps could charge mobile electronics

When you're on the go and your smartphone battery is low in the not so distant future you could charge it simply by plugging it into your shoe An innovative energy harvesting and storage technology ... - Read More

Hot find: Tightly spaced objects could exchange millions of times more heat

The sun's warmth crosses millions of miles of empty space to create a summer day a campfire roasts marshmallows from several feet away Scientists have understood the mathematics behind this ghostly transfer of heat since ... - Read More

Atom-Sized Craters Make a Catalyst Much More Active

Released 23 Nov 2015 1 20 PM ESTSource Newsroom SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory more news from this source Add to Favorites Contact Information Available for logged in reporters only Citations H Li et al Nature ... - Read More

Paper-Based Test Can Quickly Diagnose Ebola in Remote Areas (Video)

that’s pretty sensitive and might work with patient samples ” Next the researchers plan to produce kits for free distribution “We’re giving people the components so they can build the devices themselves ” says Hamad ... - Read More

2-D semiconductor comes clean: Performance dramatically improved

In 2013 James Hone Wang Fong Jen Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia Engineering and colleagues at Columbia demonstrated that they could dramatically improve the performance of graphene highly conducting two dimensional 2D carbon by ... - Read More

Engineer improves rechargeable batteries with nano 'sandwich'

The key to better cellphones and other rechargeable electronics may be in tiny sandwiches made of nanosheets according to mechanical engineering research from Kansas State University Gurpreet Singh assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering ... - Read More

Soft, energy-efficient robotic wings

Dielectric elastomers are novel materials for making actuators or motors with soft and lightweight properties that can undergo large active deformations with high energy conversion efficiencies This has made dielectric elastomers popular for creating devices ... - Read More

Nanofibers twisted together to create structures tougher than bullet proof vests

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas have created new structures that exploit the electromechanical properties of specific nanofibers to stretch to up to seven times their length while remaining tougher than Kevlar These ... - Read More

Novel Plastic Could Spur New Green Energy Applications, 'Artificial Muscles'

Voit needs to make them more powerful One approach for accomplishing this was developed by a UT Dallas colleague Ray Baughman Ph D took a bundle of nylon fibers about the width of ten strands ... - Read More

Magnets can control heat and sound: Experiment reveals new mysterious properties of sound waves

Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered how to control heat with a magnetic field In the March 23 issue of the journal Nature Materials they describe how a magnetic field roughly the size ... - Read More

New kind of 'tandem' solar cell: New solar cell combines two materials for broader absorption

Researchers at MIT and Stanford University have developed a new kind of solar cell that combines two different layers of sunlight absorbing material in order to harvest a broader range of the sun's energy The ... - Read More

Magnets can control heat and sound

Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered how to control heat with a magnetic field In the March 23 issue of the journal Nature Materials they describe how a magnetic field roughly the size ... - Read More

Catch-release-repeat: Novel technique for handling molecules

Like vast international trading companies biological systems pick up freight items in the form of small molecules transport them from place to place and release them at their proper destination These ubiquitous processes are critical ... - Read More

Scientists develop cool process to make better graphene

A new technique invented at Caltech to produce graphene a material made up of an atom thick layer of carbon at room temperature could help pave the way for commercially feasible graphene based solar cells ... - Read More

Insect wings might serve gyroscopic function, new research suggests

Gyroscopes measure rotation in everyday technologies from unmanned aerial vehicles to cell phone screen stabilizers Though many animals can move with more precision and accuracy than our best engineered aircraft and technologies gyroscopes are rarely ... - Read More

Addressing long-standing mysteries behind anti-wear motor oil additive

The pistons in your car engine rub up against their cylinder walls thousands of times a minute without lubrication in the form of motor oil they and other parts of the engine would quickly wear ... - Read More

Secrets of surfaces' wrinkling, folding, creasing and delaminating are unraveled

The process of wrinkle formation is familiar to anyone who has ever sat in a bathtub a little too long But exactly why layered materials sometimes form one kind of wrinkly pattern or another or ... - Read More

Understanding why a material's behavior changes as it gets smaller

To fully understand how nanomaterials behave one must also understand the atomic scale deformation mechanisms that determine their structure and therefore their strength and function Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Drexel University and Georgia ... - Read More

Lab-on-paper developed for rapid, inexpensive medical diagnostics

A team of University of Rhode Island engineers led by Professor Mohammad Faghri has created a new paper based platform for conducting a wide range of complex medical diagnostics The key development was the invention ... - Read More
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