June 22nd, 2018 | by Faye Oney
Researchers discovered that a chemical reaction that takes place when a performance-enhancing additive is mixed into a lithium battery’s electrolyte can suppress its decomposition—similar to the pickling process. This discovery could lead to higher-performing batteries.
June 20th, 2018 | by Faye Oney
Researchers have devised a simple electronic textile that uses carbon nanotubes to provide an electrical charge. The device enables users to control a computer or small appliance by swiping a finger over the fabric.
June 19th, 2018 | by Faye Oney
Scientists have developed an environmentally-friendly material that could eventually replace conventional Portland cement in concrete. The new composite, consisting mostly of fly ash, was found to be as structurally strong as Portland cement.
June 12th, 2018 | by Faye Oney
Researchers have demonstrated that flash sintered yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) acquires metal-like plasticity at room temperature. This discovery could prove to be useful in using YSZ as a thermal barrier coating for aircraft engine blades.
June 8th, 2018 | by Faye Oney
Researchers have successfully converted radioactive waste into glass through vitrification at the Hanford Nuclear Site. The test is part of an overall plan to send low-activity waste directly to the vitrification facility via Direct Feed Low-Activity Waste system.
June 6th, 2018 | by Faye Oney
We have driverless cars. What about driverless boats? Researchers at MIT have designed an autonomous 3-D printed boat that can transport people and deliver goods to their destinations, reducing traffic on roads.
June 5th, 2018 | by Faye Oney
Researchers at Vanderbilt University are making something useful out of carbon dioxide pulled from the air: Small-diameter carbon nanotubes. Their CNTs are not only higher quality, but the process to make them is cheaper than current methods.
June 1st, 2018 | by Faye Oney
The U.S. Department of Energy recently earmarked approximately $106 million for two new energy projects: High-temperature concentrating solar power technology, and Small business research and development grants.
May 30th, 2018 | by Faye Oney
Researchers have developed a tiny sensor that can be inserted into a patient’s gum or on a tooth to detect gum disease and monitor health by analyzing saliva. This device could eventually replace the traditional pinprick to analyze a patient's blood.
May 29th, 2018 | by Faye Oney
Scientists from the University of Exeter have developed a process for producing an environmentally-friendly concrete that incorporates graphene at the nanoscale. The new concrete material is stronger and more water resistant than existing concretes.