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New spongelike material converts solar energy into steam

July 24th, 2014 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

The DLS that consists of a carbon foam supporting an exfoliated graphite layer. MIT has developed a new material structure that generates steam by soaking up the sun. The structure — a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam — is a porous, insulating material structure that floats on water. When sunlight hits […]



Researchers develop new process that raises prospects of 3D printed bone grafts

July 24th, 2014 at 8:55 am » Comments Off

3D printing could help mend broken bones. One of the 3D printing health applications of 3D printing discussed the most is the manufacturing of bespoke scaffolds that could be used to mend broken bones. It’s promising, but it  has been held back by the difficulties in printing materials that are strong, flexible and can encourage […]



Generating electricity from jumping water droplets

July 21st, 2014 at 10:41 am » Comments Off

This process can generate small amounts of electricity. Last year, MIT researchers discovered that when water droplets spontaneously jump away from superhydrophobic (water-repelling) surfaces during condensation, the droplets can gain electric charge in the process.    



You can learn a foreign language in your sleep: Study

July 18th, 2014 at 9:15 am » Comments Off

Swiss study finds memory for new words reinforced by listening again during sleep. Most tricks for enhancing learning that seem too good to be true usually are. Learning a new language while you sleep has exactly this kind of ring to it. How can anything you listen to while you are asleep possibly have much […]



New electrochemistry technology could lead to huge improvements in batteries

July 14th, 2014 at 8:09 am » Comments Off

The new lithium-ion battery technology charges faster, lasts longer and outputs more power than current lithium-ion batteries. A University of Alberta research team may have made a breakthrough that will ultimately lead to dramatic improvements in the batteries that power everything from laptops and smartphones to medical devices and tools. The lithium-ion battery technology the team […]



New material discovered that makes objects invisible to touch

June 30th, 2014 at 10:08 am » Comments Off

You can see how it “absorbs” a metal cylinder. A new nano-material recently invented does the seemingly impossible: It hides things from touch. Just a thin layer of this amazing polymer will hide anything under it from being perceived by your sense of touch.



New recyclable plastics discovered ‘by accident’

June 27th, 2014 at 12:40 pm » Comments Off

The discovery includes stiff plastics and flexible gels that can mend themselves if torn. A collection of new plastics that are recyclable and adaptable have been developed by researchers – and the discovery began with a laboratory mistake. They include strong, stiff plastics and flexible gels that can mend themselves if torn.    



Australian physicists have simulated time travel

June 26th, 2014 at 11:51 am » Comments Off

Using photons, scientists have simulated a way that quantum particles could travel through a wormhole back in time. University of Queensland in Australia physicists have used photons – single particles of light – to simulate quantum particles traveling through time and to study their behavior.    



Why kids (and adults) should play outside

June 22nd, 2014 at 8:17 am » Comments Off

Kids who play outdoors have a stronger spiritual connection to the Earth. A new study, published in the Journal of the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture found that  children who play outdoors have a stronger sense of purpose and self-fulfilment than those who don’t.    



Researchers discover gene that stimulates growth of new brain cells in adults

June 18th, 2014 at 5:34 pm » Comments Off

Increased length of the hippocampus dentate gyrus (DG) for overexpressed TLX gene vs. control group. City of Hope researchers have found that over-expressing a specific gene could prompt growth in adults of new neurons in the hippocampus, where learning and memory are regulated.    



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