September 19th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Environmental concerns and decreased demand have contributed to the decline of coal as a fuel source. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory is developing value-added products that may eventually revive the coal industry.
September 7th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
A partnership between a research laboratory and a manufacturer has resulted in a new thermochromic window material that would save energy and automatically change its tint based on temperature.
August 29th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
A research collaboration has resulted in a new desalination process, using carbon nanotube "straws" to filter out salt from seawater. It could prove to be the next step in getting clean water to underdeveloped countries.
August 25th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
A research team may have solved the cigarette butt litter problem. By mixing discarded cigarette butts with asphalt concrete, they produced a material that can handle heavy traffic and reduce the urban heat island effect.
August 22nd, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
According to a laboratory compositional analysis, the elemental recipe for a 129-g Apple iPhone includes about 24.1% aluminum, 15.4% carbon, 14.4% iron, and 14.5% oxygen by weight. And altogether, that pile of smartphone powder—ground from a $700 device—has a raw elemental value of about $1.03.
August 22nd, 2017 | by Faye Oney
More than 130 scientists and researchers from around the world attended The Serbian Ceramic Society's annual conference to listen to leading experts and shared research on nanotechnologies, multifunctional materials, composite materials, and other ceramic-related topics.
August 15th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
The air around major roadways is rife with particulate air pollution. However, new research from Washington University suggests there is a simple fix to help keep the air you breathe inside your car a little cleaner—and it only requires the click of a switch.
August 4th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Researchers have created a filter that can absorb nearly all heavy metals from water. The filter, made up of carbon nanotubes and quartz can be washed with vinegar and reused—making it affordable for communities that lack clean water.
August 2nd, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Can our footsteps generate enough power to light up the streets? A London company has installed energy-harvesting tiles that can generate electricity from pedestrians' footsteps to power street lamps and air purifiers.
July 28th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Researchers have created a perovskite solar cell that is printed on an aerosol-jet spray printer. Their method yielded a flexible cell that could lead to further improved efficiency and lower manufacturing costs for solar technologies.