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How we consume electricity has changed dramatically in the past 20 years

It’s been more than two decades since Britain’s retail electricity market was opened to full competition in 1999. Before that, retail supply was provided by...

Too much stress could quickly degrade batteries

Intentional defects in batteries have given Rice University scientists a window into the hazards of pushing lithium-ion cells too far. New simulations by Rice materials...

Batteries made with sulfur could be cheaper, greener and hold more energy

Lithium-ion batteries have changed the world. Without the ability to store meaningful amounts of energy in a rechargeable, portable format we would have no smartphones...

New method could improve performance of perovskite electronics

A new method could enable researchers to fabricate more efficient and longer lasting perovskite solar cells, LEDs and photodetectors. By growing thin perovskite films on...

Wearable air conditioning could keep you cool without electricity

An on-skin electronic device could one day provide personal, “wearable air conditioning” without needing electricity, researchers report. The device includes numerous human health care applications...

Scientists make breakthrough in ion-conducting composite membranes

Scientists under the direction of Profs. Li Xianfeng and Zhang Huamin from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of...

New on-skin electronic device could provide cooling without electricity

One day, soldiers could cool down on the military battlefield—preventing heat stroke or exhaustion—by using "wearable air conditioning," an on-skin device designed by engineers...

‘Detours’ might lead to better batteries

Here’s a case where detours speed up traffic. The result may be better batteries for transportation, electronics and solar energy storage. For a new study in...

How a few tweaks revived near-dead organic solar tech

New study reveals the counterintuitive tweaks to the chemistry of a solar cell material that have boosted its power output. A solar energy material that’s...

How a ‘vegetable ion’ helped scientists unlock theory behind transitions of materials

Breakthrough could lead to new ultrafast electronics, better batteries. A puddle freezing on the sidewalk, your humidifier pumping out water vapor, salt trucks melting icy...

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Scientists find the major cause of autism

In a new study, researchers discovered that autism is 80% reliant on inherited genes. That means that environmental causes are only responsible for 20% of...
These two types of drugs are linked to dementia

These two types of drugs are linked to dementia

In a recent study from the University of East Anglia, researchers find that long-term use of anticholinergic antidepressants is linked to a higher risk...

This popular painkiller may harm your blood sugar

In a new study, researchers found popular pain drug opioid tramadol (marketed as ConZip and Ultram) may increase the risk of developing hypoglycemia, or...

Scientists discover a new cause of autism

In a new study, researchers have found a new genetic factor that leads the brain to grow fewer synapses at a critical time in...

Popular high blood pressure drug may increase risk of bowel disease

High blood pressure harms one in ten adults across the globe, and it increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. The most common treatments...