Researchers Greg O’Neil of Western Washington University and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have found an unusual and untapped class of chemical compounds in an algae species to synthesize two different fuel products, in parallel, a from the single algae. The algae is a common algae commercially grown to make fish food that […]






University of Michigan (UM) researchers have designed a Kevlar barrier that goes between the anode and cathode electrodes of lithium ion batteries. The new battery technology should be able to prevent the kind of fires that grounded Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners in 2013. The barrier is made with nanofibers extracted from Kevlar, the tough material in […]






Jaeyoung Park, Chief Scientist at EMC2 presented the team’s work to date and explored the level of what’s needed to continue research to a net power electrostatic nuclear fusion reactor. The presentation was given at the 16th U.S. Japan 2014 Workshop. This link here downloads the pdf file of Park’s presentation. It a very graphically […]






Researchers at the Institut Charles Sadron, University of Strasbourg in France have made a polymer gel that is able to contract through the action of artificial molecular motors. The effect is similar to the linear motion of a muscle contraction.  This might be the first artificial muscle. When activated by light, these motors twist the […]






Stanford University researchers have stacked perovskites onto a conventional silicon solar cell dramatically improving the overall efficiency of the cell. Study co-author Michael McGehee, a professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford said, “We’ve been looking for ways to make solar panels that are more efficient and lower cost. Right now, silicon solar cells […]






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