This is a schematic of a solar-powered electrolysis cell which converts carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon and oxygenate products with an efficiency far higher than natural photosynthesis. Power-matching electronics allow the system to operate over a range of sun conditions. Credit: Clarissa Towle/Berkeley Lab Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)

Researchers have developed an algorithm that allows residential customers to share power from the renewable energy sources in their homes during an outage. Credit: University of California San Diego If you think you can use the solar panels on your roof to power your home during an outage, think again. During an outage, while your

Take-off. Credit: © stockphoto mania / Fotolia Rising temperatures due to global warming will make it harder for many aircraft around the world to take off in coming decades, says a new study. During the hottest parts of the day, 10 to 30 percent of fully loaded planes may have to remove some fuel, cargo

PackDrone. Credit: Alain Herzog EPFL A new drone developed at EPFL uses cutting-edge technology to deliver parcels weighing up to 500 grams. The device will never get stuck in traffic, it’s programmed to avoid obstacles, and it can reach destinations on steep or uneven terrain. Its protective cage and foldable design mean that it can

Conceptual illustration of two DNA robots collectively performing a cargo-sorting task on a DNA origami surface, transporting fluorescent molecules with different colors from initially unordered locations to separated destinations. Considerable artistic license has been taken. Credit: Demin Liu Imagine a robot that could help you tidy your home: roving about, sorting stray socks into the

A highly magnified view of the striatum of a mouse brain reveals a relatively rare type of cell called the fast-spiking interneuron (purple), which is responsible for orchestrating the brain circuits that control our habits. Credit: Justin O’Hare, Duke University Some habits are helpful, such as automatically washing your hands before a meal or driving

This tiny ankle bone belonged to one of the earliest members of the primate family tree. The 52-million-year-old fossil suggests that the first primates were expert leapers. Discovered more than 30 years ago by paleontologist Marc Godinot, the fossil is now housed at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris. Credit: Douglas Boyer, Duke University

This shows very thin sheets of molybdenum disulfide (see a), a schematic and photos of working actuators. Credit: Muharrem Acerce/Rutgers University-New Brunswick Imagine repeatedly lifting 165 times your weight without breaking a sweat — a feat normally reserved for heroes like Spider-Man. New Brunswick engineers have discovered a simple, economical way to make a nano-sized

Candy cane supercapacitor. Credit: Stoyan Smoukovy Supercapacitors promise recharging of phones and other devices in seconds and minutes as opposed to hours for batteries. But current technologies are not usually flexible, have insufficient capacities, and for many their performance quickly degrades with charging cycles. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the University

An artificial muscle built from a sandwich of soft, stretchable elastomers and carbon nanotubes electrodes. This type of actuator could be used in everything from wearable devices to soft grippers, laparoscopic surgical tools, entirely soft robots or artificial muscles in more complex robotics. Credit: Image courtesy of Peter Allen/Harvard SEAS Soft robots do a lot

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