University of Kent scientists have discovered how bacteria make a component that facilitates converting carbon dioxide (CO2) into methane gas for energy use. Recycling CO2 back into energy has immense potential for making these emissions useful rather than a major factor in global warming. So far the bacteria called methanogens, that can convert CO2 into […]






University of Southern California (USC) scientists have developed an alteration to the lithium-sulfur battery that could make it more than competitive with the lithium-ion battery. The solution is for one of the biggest stumbling blocks to the next wave of rechargeable batteries – small enough for cellphones and powerful enough for cars. In a paper […]






Georgia Institute of Technology scientists have transformed an internal combustion engine into a modular reforming reactor that could make hydrogen available to power fuel cells wherever there’s a natural gas supply available. Unlike conventional engines that run at thousands of revolutions per minute, the reactor operates at only a few cycles per minute – or […]






Georgia Institute of Technology scientists have developed an anode material that enables sodium-ion batteries to perform at high capacity over hundreds of cycles. Lithium-ion batteries have become essential in everyday technology. But these power sources can explode under certain circumstances and are not ideal for grid-scale energy storage. Sodium-ion batteries are potentially a safer and […]






University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UI) researchers have invented a new kind of LED that can both emit and detect ambient light. The possibility then becomes that cellphones and other devices could soon be controlled with touchless gestures and charge themselves using ambient light. This would be a major design attribute for the future. Made […]






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