Engineering

This two-sided solar cell could collect scattered light to gather more energy

To increase the performance of solar panels, scientists have created a bifacial, or two-sided, tandem solar cell, built by bringing together the best of...

Scientists turn coal powder into graphite in microwave oven

Using copper foil, glass containers and a conventional household microwave oven, University of Wyoming researchers have demonstrated that pulverized coal powder can be converted...

3D-printed smart gel changes shape when exposed to light

Inspired by the color-changing skin of cuttlefish, octopuses and squids, Rutgers engineers have created a 3D-printed smart gel that changes shape when exposed to...

This portable device can quickly detect plant stress

Researchers at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) have designed a portable optical sensor that can...

Scientists create wrinkly, stretchy energy devices with 4D printing

Researchers have created stretchable supercapacitors using a specialized printing technology, innovative materials, and the centuries-old art of origami. Developing these kinds of malleable energy devices...

Scientists find faster, greener way to produce carbon spheres

A fast, green and one-step method for producing porous carbon spheres, which are a vital component for carbon capture technology and for new ways...

Scientists find new way to improve glass for fiber optics

Rapid, accurate communication worldwide is possible via fiber optic cables, but as good as they are, they are not perfect. Now, researchers from Penn State...

These wireless, ultra-thin and battery-free strain sensors are 10 times more sensitive

Scientists create a new range of nanomaterial strain sensors that are 10 times more sensitive when measuring minute movements, compared to existing technology. This is...

Scientists synthesize extremely unusual silicon compounds

Chemists at the University of Bonn (Germany) have synthesized extremely unusual compounds. Their central building block is a silicon atom. Different from usual, however, is the...

This new ultra-thin material unlocks quantum phenomena

Scientist have designed a new ultra-thin material that they have used to create elusive quantum states. Called one-dimensional Majorana zero energy modes, these quantum states...