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Fake blood pumps life into this robotic fish

July 14th, 2019 at 3:45 am » Comments Off

Autonomous robots may soon be an ever-present force in our lives, but they are going nowhere fast — or rather, a short distance quickly — without better batteries. You’ve surely seen modern robots scamper through woods or vacuum your floors, but they can only do it for short periods before their energy runs out. Many […]



The holy grail of lithium batteries

May 27th, 2019 at 2:34 am » Comments Off

Mark Bissett, lecturer in nanomaterials at The University of Manchester, poses for a photograph holding a model showing the hexagonal structure of graphene inside a laboratory at the National Graphene Institute facility, part of the The University of Manchester, in Manchester, U.K., on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Researchers are studying ways to use graphene in […]



Battery storage is the fastest-growing industry sector on the planet (which could save the planet)

May 3rd, 2019 at 12:27 pm » Comments Off

  Billions of dollars are being invested worldwide in the developing battery boom, involving research into storage techniques to use the growing surpluses of cheap renewable energy now becoming available. Recent developments in batteries are set to sweep aside the old arguments about renewables being intermittent, dismissing any need to continue building nuclear power plants […]



Sorry, graphene—borophene is the new wonder material that’s got everyone excited

April 21st, 2019 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

Stronger and more flexible than graphene, a single-atom layer of boron could revolutionize sensors, batteries, and catalytic chemistry. Not so long ago, graphene was the great new wonder material. A super-strong, atom-thick sheet of carbon “chicken wire,” it can form tubes, balls, and other curious shapes. And because it conducts electricity, materials scientists raised the […]



How we get to the next big battery breakthrough

April 13th, 2019 at 12:44 pm » Comments Off

Electric planes could be the future of aviation. In theory, they will be much quieter, cheaper, and cleaner than the planes we have today. Electric planes with a 1,000 km (620 mile) range on a single charge could be used for half of all commercial aircraft flights today, cutting global aviation’s carbon emissions by about […]



The Coming Era of AI enhanced Super Humans