Engineering

Spider silk may help build better robots

Spider silk may help build better robots

In a new study, researchers found spider silk could be used as robotic muscle. This is because spider silk is one of the strongest materials...

Scientists develop new theory for better fuel cells, batteries

A new study from Purdue University has shown a new theory could help develop better batteries and fuel cells. The theory could help improve the...
New surface inspired by firefly could improve efficiency of LED lightbulbs

New surface inspired by firefly could improve efficiency of LED lightbulbs

In a new study, researchers found a new type of light-emitting diode lightbulb could one day light homes and reduce power bills. The LEDs made...
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Open floor plan can change people’s eating behavior and increase daily calorie intake

Open floor plan is popular in house design. In such design, architects use large, open spaces and minimize the use of small, enclosed rooms. In...
solar sponge

Sponge boils water using sunlight: a new invention by MIT scientists

Harvesting solar energy as heat has many applications, such as power generation, residential water heating, desalination, distillation and wastewater treatment. However, the solar flux is...
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Coffee grounds can help remove lead and mercury from water, says study

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world, and for many people, the best friend in their daily life. Coffee can...
Charging lanes for electric vehicles

How to optimize the deployment of charging lanes for electric vehicles

It is well recognized that the deployment of public charging infrastructure plays a critical role in nurturing the electric vehicle (EV) market and promoting...
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A new fabric that can harvest energy from sunshine and movement

Wearable electronics now play a more important role in our daily life. However, developing a lightweight, flexible, foldable wearable device that has sustainable power...
sodium-ion batteries

Scientists developed advanced high-energy sodium-ion batteries

The large consumption of non-renewable resources has pushed the current fossil-fuel-based economy to be at serious risk. One solution is to use renewable energy...
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A novel compact 18-speed transmission for personal mobility vehicles

Currently, electric cars and plug-in hybrid electric cars are thought to be good solutions for relieving exhaust gases and traffics. However, there are still insufficient...