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Waste coffee used as fuel storage
Scientists have developed a simple process to treat waste coffee grounds to allow them to store methane. The simple soak and heating process develops a carbon capture material with the additional environmental benefits of ...
The secret life of scientific ideas
Many of the most memorable stories in the history of science revolve around the conscious realization of an idea - the "Eureka!" moment. But what triggers these moments? Is there always some serendipitous event preceding ...
Chocolate physics: How modeling could improve 'mouthfeel'
Lecithin is an ingredient that you've probably never heard of, but one that plays a vital role in the production of chocolate and many other foods. It's never been clear how this ingredient works on a molecular level, and ...
A brain-computer interface for controlling an exoskeleton
Scientists working at Korea University, Korea, and TU Berlin, Germany have developed a brain-computer control interface for a lower limb exoskeleton by decoding specific signals from within the user's brain.
Snake skin inspired surfaces smash records, providing 40 percent friction reduction
Snake skin inspired surfaces smash records, providing an astonishing 40% friction reduction in tests of high performance materials.
Cockroach-inspired robot uses body streamlining to negotiate obstacles
Researchers at University of California, Berkeley have taken inspiration from the cockroach to create a robot that can use its body shape to manoeuvre through a densely cluttered environment.
UK bottom of European avoidable food waste league
The UK produces the highest amount of avoidable food waste in Europe—equivalent to a tin of beans per person per day. Those are the findings from a team of researchers based at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European ...
Robo-whiskers mimic animals exploring their surroundings
Many mammals, including seals and rats, rely on their whiskers to sense their way through dark environments. Inspired by these animals, scientists working at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Illinois' Advanced ...
A cost-effective solution to tuned graphene production
Graphene has been called the miracle material but the single-atomic layer material is still seeking its place in the materials world. Now a method to make 'defective' graphene could provide the answer.
Are scientists finally on the brink of understanding where proton spin comes from?
For nearly three decades, physicists have been unable to answer a seemingly simple question: where does proton spin come from?