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Indian researchers recycle fish scales into energy nanogenerator

Indians consume a lot of fish: Data from 2014 estimated that each urban citizen consumed an average of 2.8 kg per year, or about 3.7 million kg for the whole country. That leaves a lot of leftover bones, scales and tails. As they reported this week in Applied Physics Letters, a team of researchers …

New combination of materials could speeds up computers

Researchers at Uppsala University have discovered a new combination of materials that paves the way for faster and more effective storage in …

Electronics

Harvard researchers create ‘muscles’ for soft-bodied robots

Humans are soft, easily bruised creatures, and robots are, well, not so soft. If a hard-bodied robot swings its arm around, not realizing your face …

Robotics

King Tut's dagger blade made from meteorite, study confirms

A famous dagger found in the wrapping of Egyptian King Tutankhamun's mummy was made with iron from a meteorite, a study confirms.<p>An analysis of the …

Archaeology

Under Pressure: New technique could make large, flexible solar panels more feasible - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

A new, high-pressure technique may allow the production of huge sheets of thin-film silicon semiconductors at low temperatures in simple reactors at …

Islamic art inspires stretchy, switchable materials

<b>A new set of "metamaterials" has been created based on intricate, repeating patterns found in Islamic art.</b><p>Metamaterials are engineered to have properties that don't occur naturally, such as getting wider when stretched instead of just longer and thinner.<p>These perforated rubber sheets made by a …

Nanotech

A Researcher Just Accidentally Developed A Battery That Could Last A Lifetime

Technology Photo credit: A nanowire compared to a human hair. Thai et al./UC Irvine via YouTubePoor battery life is the number one complaint when it …

Clean Energy

ORNL researchers discover new state of water molecule

Neutron scattering and computational modeling have revealed unique and unexpected behavior of water molecules under extreme confinement that is …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

Exfoliating thinner flakes of phosphorene at higher yield - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

In the past two years, phosphorene has attracted increased attention due to its potential in thin, flexible electronics. And because it is naturally …

Quantum dots enhance light-to-current conversion in layered semiconductors

Harnessing the power of the sun and creating light-harvesting or light-sensing devices requires a material that both absorbs light efficiently and …

Nanotech

The Race to Turn Gassy Hydrogen into Solid Metal

Scientists are on a journey to uncover clues about hydrogen’s most elusive phase—solid metallic hydrogen. The prize for discovering it could be room …

Hydrogen

New solar towers, cubes offer 20X more power, researchers say

Researchers at MIT have discovered a method of optimizing solar energy collection by arranging photovoltaic (PV) panels on a tower or in a cube shape.<p>…

Icephobic coating: How researchers made the most effective ice-proofer yet

A research team from the University of Michigan has developed a strategy for creating rubbery coatings that require no more than a light breeze for …

Engineering

Classical physics in a spin

Simple "spin models" used to explain magnetism can precisely reproduce any possible phenomenon in classical, non-quantum physics, according to …

Quantum Mechanics

These New Quantum Dot Crystals Could Replace Silicon in Super-Fast, Next-Gen Computers

Bring it on.<p>Solid, crystalline structures of incredibly tiny particles known as quantum dots have been developed by engineers in the US, and they're …

Quantum Mechanics
Chemistry

‘Moth Eye’ Graphene Breakthrough Could Create Indoor Solar Cells

A scientific breakthrough with the “wonder material” graphene has opened up the possibility of indoor solar cells that capture energy from indirect …

University of Kentucky physicist discovers new 2-D material that could upstage graphene - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 29, 2016) – A new one atom-thick flat material that could upstage the wonder material graphene and advance digital technology …

World's biggest floating solar farm powers up outside London

Five years in planning and due to be finished in early March, more than 23,000 solar panels will be floated on the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir near Heathrow and used to generate power for local water treatment plants<p>On a vast manmade lake on the outskirts of London, work is nearing completion on …

Renewable Energy

Black holes banish matter to the 'loneliest places in the universe,' scientists claim

Huge cosmic voids, giant empty regions of the universe which take up space around galaxies, might not be as empty as previously thought, scientists …

Study Explains The Sad Reason Behind The Achievement Gap In Science

The seeds of the achievement gap in science are planted before a child has ever set foot in an elementary school, according to a new study.<p>The new report out this month looks to explain why white, upper-class eighth-graders tend to perform much better in science than their low-income and minority …

Achievement Gap

Scientists develop faster way of pulling water vapour out of the air

A beetle, a cactus and a fly-catching plant have each provided inspiration for scientists who have developed a way of pulling water vapour out of the …

Harvard

Antimatter Space Propulsion Possible Within A Decade, Say Physicists

Dreams of antimatter space propulsion are closer to reality than most rocket scientists could ever imagine, says former Fermilab physicist Gerald Jackson. In fact, if money were no object, he says an antimatter-driven spacecraft prototype could be tested within a decade. To that end, next month, …

Physics

A New Way to Understand the World's Rarest Minerals

Two geologists have developed a system for classifying some of the most elusive substances on the planet.<p>Of the more than 5,000 minerals recognized by geologists, fewer than 100 are thought to constitute 99 percent of the Earth’s crust. Much more than that—over half of all known minerals, in …

Population

Your next phone could roll up like your morning newspaper

For years, we’ve been tantalized by the prospect of electronic devices that are as malleable as paper. There’s something about the idea of unfurling a phone as we would a newspaper that seems eminently futuristic. Save for a few curved edges on TV screens and smartphones, we’ve yet to see any …

Demonstration