Stanford University researchers have found that squeezing a platinum catalyst a fraction of a nanometer nearly doubles its catalytic activity. The finding could lead to better fuel cells and other clean energy technologies. It does suggest it may be possible to halve the platinum expense in devices. That alone is a huge improvement. The team […]

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) researchers have developed a new insulation from materials known as aerogel composites. The new foam insulates against heat 2.6 times better than conventional insulation foam. The new material can make vehicles and buildings cooler and quieter compared the current insulation materials in the market. When compared to traditional materials used […]

Washington State University scientists have discovered a more efficient way to separate the hydrogen from water. They believe to discovery is an important step in making renewable energy production and storage viable. The researchers, led by professors Yuehe Lin and Scott Beckman in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, have developed a catalyst from […]

Researchers at the Universities of Bristol and Essex are using some kinds of begonias and have found how they survive in the darkness of the forest floor. The researchers solved the mystery of the blue sheen on the leaves particular begonias and have found that their chloroplasts have evolved a nanoscale light-trapping structure to help […]

A University of Wisconsin-Madison professor’s team has a working idea for an inexpensive, simple method that allows them to convert footsteps into usable electricity. The flooring, which uses wood pulp and harnesses nanofibers, can be made from any number of sustainable materials, making it, generally, an eco-friendly feature in homes and businesses alike. Xudong Wang, […]

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