University of Colorado at Boulder engineers have developed an engineered material to act as a kind of air conditioning system for structures.¬† The new material is a scalable manufactured metamaterial – an engineered material with extraordinary properties not found in nature with the ability to cool objects even under direct sunlight with zero energy and […]






Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists have discovered a new material, an alloy of¬†magnetite, that absorbs visible light and then generates electricity. The team of scientists has compositionally modified magnetite to capture visible sunlight and convert this light energy into electrical current. The mineral magnetite was mined to make the first compass needles and is also […]






Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) scientists have introduced a new way to increase energy efficiency of metal-air batteries by substituting platinum with perovskite enhanced by simply adding a kind of conducting polymer, polypyrrole. The breakthrough research, led by Professor Hyun-Kon Song and Professor Guntae Kim of the institute’s department of Energy and […]






University of Cambridge St John’s College researchers have shown for the first time the intrinsic ability of graphene to superconduct (or carry an electrical current with no resistance). These results further widen the potential of graphene as a material that could be used in fields such as energy storage, high-speed computing, and molecular electronics. The […]






Technical University of Denmark (DTU) scientists have engineered E. coli cells into producing large quantities of serine. (This link has a very informative sidebar.) Serine is used in detergents, tube feeding formula, and as building blocks for many important chemicals. In fact, serine has been mentioned as one of the 30 most promising biological substances […]






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