Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists have observed an unexpected phenomenon in lithium-ion batteries – the most common type of battery used to power cell phones and electric cars. As a model battery generated electric current, the scientists witnessed the concentration of lithium inside individual nanoparticles reverse at a certain point, instead of constantly increasing. This discovery, […]

Argonne National Laboratory scientists have recently used a new and counterintuitive approach to create a better catalyst. The new catalyst has been made to support one of the reactions involved in splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. By first creating an alloy of two of the densest naturally occurring elements and then removing one, the […]

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers believe we are “running towards a cliff with no fence” from the current plans to retire U.S. power plants. The team found that power plant retirement trends will complicate achieving long-term carbon dioxide emission reduction targets and require a significant increase in capital investments. In their paper now published in […]

Imperial College London engineers have overturned a 100-year-old scientific law used to describe how fluid flows through rocks. Scientists from the College have used the Diamond Light Source facility in the UK to make 3D videos that show in more detail than ever before how fluids move through rock. For over one hundred years, engineers […]

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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