Vanderbilt researchers recently modified batteries by adding millions of quantum dots made from iron pyrite, or fool's gold. This not only allows the enhanced batteries to charge faster, but also endure more charge cycles.
When cockroaches need to chew through tough materials they turn on muscled mandible boosters that supply them with super-charged chewing powers.
Ever wonder how hairy animals keep themselves clean? You may be more familiar with the grooming techniques of household pets, but some animals use "renewable" cleaning strategies researchers hope to apply to keeping technology dust-free.
New buoys attached to seafloor pumps are harnessing the energy provided by undersea waves.
Using nano-sized particles of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, researchers have found a way to increase the growth and antioxidant content of tomato plants. This may soften the impact population growth has on natural resources in the future.
A new metal alloy could alleviates the use of coolant gases associated with global warming and lead to the development of ecofriendly cooling systems and magnetic refrigerants that are more resistant to wear and corrosion.
After solving and controlling the mechanisms responsible for a cockroach's mobility, researchers from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) believe these findings could be applied to helping the handicapped walk, building more stable robots, and improving autonomous vehicles.
Using a water-resistant sponge material that absorbs contaminants, designers have created a 3D-printed bathing suit that cleans the water as you swim.
Researchers have developed a genetically enhanced virus that could boost the light-harvesting capabilities of solar cells.
The recovery and conversion of urban waste could become a valuable source of electricity that benefits millions of Africans, say energy and sustainability experts.
Using a new, specialized net, a team of researchers recently collected polar cod (Boreogadus saida) from their icy homes in order to better understand the fishes' large-scale distribution and origin as well as the predators that feed on them.
Managing the Earth’s environment based on predicted outcomes can be tricky and preventative measures often backfire. Researchers suggest taking an adaptive management approach.
Open University researchers have been working to create a new type of biodegradable single-use plastic carrier bag compossed of cornstarch that aims to reduce the amount of gardbage filling landfills each year.
After studying groundwater resources from the Illawarra plateau of New South Wales, researchers have developed water-tracing methods that will help detect future changes in water flow and quality.