innovationSoft approach leads to revolutionary energy storage
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Aug 07, 2013 – Monash University researchers have brought next generation energy storage closer with an engineering first – a graphene-based device that is compact, yet lasts as long as a conventional battery. Published today in Science, a research team led by Professor Dan Li of the Department of Materials Engineering has developed a completely new strategy to engineer graphene-based supercapacitors (SC … more

Light that Moves and Molds Gels
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Aug 07, 2013 – Some animals-like the octopus and cuttlefish-transform their shape based on environment, fending off attackers or threats in the wild. For decades, researchers have worked toward mimicking similar biological responses in non-living organisms, as it would have significant implications in the medical arena. Now, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have demonstrated such a biomimetic … more

‘Printable’ micro-machines could bring improved bionic limbs
Tel Aviv, Israel (UPI) Aug 7, 2013 – A method of printing biocompatible micro-machines – tiny sensors and motors – could bring improved medical devices like bionic arms, Israeli researchers say. Such tiny machines are already everywhere – telling your smartphone screen to rotate and your camera to focus – and have a variety of applications in consumer electronics, automobiles and medicine. Microelectromechanical … more

CU-Boulder team develops new water splitting technique that could produce hydrogen fuel
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 07, 2013 – A University of Colorado Boulder team has developed a radically new technique that uses the power of sunlight to efficiently split water into its components of hydrogen and oxygen, paving the way for the broad use of hydrogen as a clean, green fuel. The CU-Boulder team has devised a solar-thermal system in which sunlight could be concentrated by a vast array of mirrors onto a single point … more