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Scientists create new methane fuel cell to operate at practical temperatures

Researchers have created a new fuel cell that runs on cheap fuel at temperatures comparable to automobile engines and could slash materials costs. Fuel cells...
Self-sensing carbon fiber materials are here

Self-sensing carbon fiber materials are here

Next-generation composites may monitor their own structural health Carbon fiber composites—lightweight and strong—are great structural materials for automobiles, aircraft and other transportation vehicles. They consist of...
Scientists bring polymers into atomic-scale focus

Scientists bring polymers into atomic-scale focus

The study could ultimately inform polymer fabrication methods and lead to new designs for materials and devices that incorporate polymers From water bottles and food...

Soda can metal may solve hydrogen fuel cell problem

Manganese is known for making stainless steel and aluminum soda cans. Now, researchers say the metal could advance one of the most promising sources of...

This bionic mushroom could generate electricity

In the quest to replace fossil fuels, scientists are always on the lookout for alternative, environmentally friendly sources of energy. But who could have imagined...

Scientists reach a new record in the performance of organic solar cells

Materials scientists at FAU have achieved a new record in the performance of organic non-fullerene based single-junction solar cells. Using a series of complex optimizations,...
A new approach to liquid-repelling surfaces

A new approach to liquid-repelling surfaces

Novel surface design overcomes problem of condensation that bedeviled previous systems “Omniphobic” might sound like a way to describe someone who is afraid of everything,...

Coconut oil compounds repel insects better than DEET

Compounds derived from coconut oil are better than DEET at repelling blood-sucking insects, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study. Using repellents...

Jackfruit seed flour could replace cocoa powder to make cappuccino

Cappuccino made with jackfruit seed flour has chocolate aroma Cappuccino made with jackfruit instead of cocoa powder. According to a new study, roasted jackfruit seeds can...

Do astronauts need sunscreen?

How do astronauts survive the deadly radiation of deep space? Space is full of potentially dangerous radiation. Here on Earth, our atmosphere and magnetic field protect...