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Clean storage: These scientists are making an organic, water-based battery for the power grid

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Image courtesy of USC Photo / Gus Ruelas.<p>Most batteries — whether they’re embedded in your iPhone or they’re plugged …

Stephen Wolfram: 'The textbook has never interested me'

Ask a factual question of Siri, Apple's virtual assistant, and chances are the maverick British computer scientist and entrepreneur Stephen Wolfram is responsible for the answer. For when posed a question such as: "How far is it to Mars right now?", Siri turns to WolframAlpha, the answer engine …

Five insights challenging science's unshakable 'truths'

<b>1 | Lifestyle can change genes</b><p>We have come to think that if something is "in our genes", it is our inevitable destiny. However, this is a gross oversimplification. We have each inherited a particular set of genes, but the outcome of that inheritance is not fixed. Our environment, diet and …

Academics would love to be in the 'squeezed middle'

Andrew Holding: £120,000 may put you in the Telegraph's 'squeezed middle', but work is barely economical for many people on median incomes<p>Confusion over who the "squeezed middle" actually are is nothing new. Back in February Gillian Tett asked "Which middle class, which squeeze?" in the Financial …

Universe recreated in massive computer simulation

Researchers have created the most detailed simulation of the history of the universe, complete with exploding gas clouds, swirling galaxies, ravenous black holes and countless stars – born to die in violent supernovae that blast the chemical elements for planets and life out into the …

Why Would You Put Brominated Vegetable Oil in Soda?

So Coke and Pepsi are rushing to remove brominated vegetable oil (BVO) from their drinks in response to consumer pressure. Some of the campaigns are predictably in terms of the ingredient having non-food uses (a fire retardant) make it inappropriate to use in food. However CSPI and others point to …

Flavors

A Billboard That Purifies the Air Around It

7 Cool Gadgets for the Baby's Nursery

Simple and innovative baby gear that makes caring for your newborn much easier.<p>There are certain must-haves when it comes to outfitting a baby's nursery. Crib, check. Diapers, check. Adorable little rompers, check. Some things you need to have and other things you just want to have, either for …

Invention Awards 2014: A Cryogenic Engine Powered By Heat

Chilling the need for diesel-powered refrigeration<p>Right now, as many as 250,000 semi-trucks are hauling refrigerated trailers full of frozen foods, fresh vegetables, and other perishable goods along U.S. roads. Yet such vehicles burn about 25 percent more fuel than unrefrigerated trucks.<p>At fault is …

Vegetables

Why MIT Thinks You (Yes, You!) Can Solve Climate Change

Climate change: We all know it's a huge problem, and most of us want something done about it. Unfortunately, nation-state level approaches haven't made any significant headway.<p>According to Thomas W. Malone, Robert Laubacher, and Laur Fisher of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, "top-down …

Climate

Scientists find fatal flaw in brittle graphene - Futurity

Scientists pulled graphene apart and found it is only as strong as its weakest link.

Graphene

Our godless brains: Emerging science reveals mind-blowing alternatives to a higher power

Science has yet to uncover many mysteries of the mind. But there are more reasons than ever why God isn’t necessary<p>Physics is the mother science. As such, it holds the greatest power for discovering the true nature of the universe and life within it. Physicists these days seem preoccupied with …

Do This in the Morning and Be More Productive All Day | Inc.com

<i>Everyone has a unique way of starting their day off on the proverbial right foot. What do successful entrepreneurs do every morning to ensure they are über-effective at getting things done? We asked members of the</i> <i>Entrepreneurs' Organization</i> <i>to provide their tips and tricks for maximum …

Time Management

Neurocomic: A Graphic Novel About How the Brain Works

Scientists are only just beginning to understand how the brain works — from what transpires in it while we sleep to how to optimize its memory to what love does to it to how music affects it — and the rest of us fall somewhere on the spectrum between fascinated and confused when it comes to the …

Doctors want to fix you with 3D-printed tissues made from water droplets

Doctors dream of using 3D-printed tissues to patch up injuries, but current techniques tend to kill a lot of the cells used in the process. Thankfully, researchers at Oxford University spin-off OxSyBio have found a gentler way to build these materials. Their technique 3D prints water droplets …

Under Light, Chameleon-Like Material Changes Color And Shape

The material could create an infinite range of different colors and shapes.<p>Humans are good at making things that are one color. But if you want to really blend into your surroundings, it would be best to have a material that can change its appearance based on its surroundings--like a chameleon. …

MRI, on a molecular scale: Team develops system that could peer into atomic structure of individual molecules

Yacoby said that while conventional systems can achieve resolutions of less than a millimeter, they are effectively limited by the magnetic field …

How It Works: The Highest-Efficiency Solar Cell

I'm going to soak up the sun.<p>Solar cells typically convert no more than 20 percent of incoming energy into electricity, in part because they capture only certain wavelengths of light. Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems have developed a solar cell that converts …

Clean Energy

6 scientifically proven things men can do to be more attractive

Every man wants to know what will make him irresistible to women — especially when it comes to things he can change and control.<p>How much time should he spend at the gym? What colors look best? Should he shave? We turned to science for answers.<p>References: Color, facial hair, posture, smile, muscles, …

Almost Earth: A Newly Discovered Planet Could Be a Lot Like Ours

When a faulty aiming device crippled the Kepler space telescope last year, NASA officials reluctantly declared the orbiting observatory’s …

Finally, A Way To Harvest Hydroelectric Energy From Toilet Flushes

It's about time toilets start providing a useful function<p>The average American flushes 24 gallons of water down the toilet daily, while—don't get me wrong, toilets; we appreciate all of your hard work—maybe some of the energy used in a flush could be put to an additional use.<p>Here's one way: harvest …

Water

UN Climate Report Charts Ways to Halt Global Warming

Greenhouse gas emissions need sharp cuts by mid-century to dodge dangerous global warming.<p><b>Just a few decades remain to halt global warming and head off its most catastrophic effects, says a new United Nations report that offers a sweeping menu of climate change fixes that would require global</b> …

Mechanobiology: Enzyme micropump autonomously delivers insulin in response to glucose levels

(Phys.org) —For next-generation smart devices, autonomy is key. These devices will be able to power themselves, independently respond to stimuli, and …

The motion of the medium matters for self-assembling particles, research shows

(Phys.org) —By attaching short sequences of single-stranded DNA to nanoscale building blocks, researchers can design structures that can effectively …

Clean Coal Test: Power Plants Prepare to Capture Carbon

Can coal be cleaned up? Power plants in Mississippi and Canada will soon find out.<p>In Juliette, Georgia, Southern Company operates a coal-fired power plant that is the single largest source of planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions in the United States.<p>In Kemper County, Mississippi, the same …

'Nanobionics' aims to give plants superpowers

Plants are an engineering marvel of nature. Fueled by sunlight, they recycle our carbon dioxide waste into fresh oxygen for us to breathe. Plus, they make the world prettier. But, with a little help from us humans, can they be coaxed to do even more?<p>Researchers at MIT have been experimenting with …

Nanotech

A Telescope That Finds Stars For You

Eyes to the skies<p>For non-astronomers, stargazing may seem simple: Just plop down a scope, and peer toward the heavens. It’s usually not quite that easy. Scopes can be tricky to set up and celestial objects elusive. The Celestron Cosmos 90 GT uses a Wi-Fi connection with a smartphone to do the hard …

Telescopes

Pushing and pulling: Using strain to tune a new quantum material

These grain boundaries, in which the atoms are either stretched apart or pushed together, can be compared to laying a tile floor starting with …