Engineering

New hybrid material can double solar cell efficiency

New hybrid material can double solar cell efficiency

A newly created material may have the capacity to double the efficiency of solar cells. Conventional solar cells are at most one-third efficient, a limit...
X-plane: NASA advances concepts for next-gen aircraft

X-plane: NASA advances concepts for next-gen aircraft

An aviation renaissance, one focused on energy efficiency and economic impact, is on the horizon, and it’s changing how engineers look at aircraft power...
Two-dimensional materials unlock the path to ultra-low-power transistors

Two-dimensional materials unlock the path to ultra-low-power transistors

An international team of scientists has discovered a new route to ultra-low-power transistors using a graphene-based composite material. As transistors are squeezed into ever smaller...
A 'virtual wall' that improves wireless security and performance

A ‘virtual wall’ that improves wireless security and performance

New 3-D reflectors optimize wireless coverage in the home and the office A team of researchers led by Dartmouth College may have finally solved the...
Defects actually give lithium-ion batteries a boost

Defects actually give lithium-ion batteries a boost

Capitalizing on tiny defects can improve electrodes for lithium-ion batteries, new research suggests. In a study on lithium transport in battery cathodes, researchers found that...
China’s first heavy load cargo drone finishes test flight

China’s first heavy load cargo drone finishes test flight

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China's national scientific think tank, announced on Thursday that the country's first heavy load unmanned aerial vehicle had...
How to store information in your clothes invisibly, without electronics

How to store information in your clothes invisibly, without electronics

A new type of smart fabric developed at the University of Washington could pave the way for jackets that store invisible passcodes and open...
Spider silk could be used to power microphones in hearing aids, cell phones

Spider silk could be used to power microphones in hearing aids, cell phones

Would you want a spider web inside your ear? Probably not. But if you're able to put aside the creepy factor, new research shows that...
Scientist devises a solar reactor to make water and oxygen from moon rocks

Scientist devises a solar reactor to make water and oxygen from moon rocks

An aerospace engineer has built a machine to make water and oxygen from the lunar regolith, powered by solar energy. Working over a ten year...
New breakthrough on brittle smart phone screens

New breakthrough on brittle smart phone screens

Scientists at the University of Sussex may have found a solution to the long-standing problem of brittle smart phone screens. Professor Alan Dalton and his...