Blu-ray disc can be used to improve solar cell performance
Who knew Blu-ray discs were so useful? Already one of the best ways to store high-definition movies and television shows because of their high-density data storage, Blu-ray discs also improve the performance ...
Sweet-smelling breath to help diabetes diagnosis in children
The potential to quickly diagnose children with type 1 diabetes before the onset of serious illness could be achieved using a simple, non-invasive breath test, according to new research published today.
Physicists bind single-atom sheets with the same force geckos use to climb walls
Physicists at the University of Kansas have fabricated an innovative substance from two different atomic sheets that interlock much like Lego toy bricks. The researchers said the new material—made of a ...
Better forecasts for sea ice under climate change
University of Adelaide-led research will help pinpoint the impact of waves on sea ice, which is vulnerable to climate change, particularly in the Arctic where it is rapidly retreating.
Female color perception affects evolution of male plumage in birds
The expression of a gene involved in female birds' color vision is linked to the evolution of colorful plumage in males, reports a new study from the University of Chicago. The findings, published Nov. 26 ...
Building a better battery
Imagine an electric car with the range of a Tesla Model S - 265 miles - but at one-fifth the $70,000 price of the luxury sedan. Or a battery able to provide many times more energy than today's technology ...
Lazard's numbers show cost-competitive gains for wind, solar
Study shows Beijing haze linked directly to gaseous pollutants from traffic, industrial emissions
Are electric cars greener? Depends on where you live
Long thought a thing of the future, electric cars are becoming mainstream. Sales in the United States of plug-in, electric vehicles nearly doubled last year. Credible forecasts see the number rising within ...
Vultures evolved an extreme gut to cope with disgusting dietary habits
How is it that vultures can live on a diet of carrion that would at least lead to severe food-poisoning, and more likely kill most other animals? This is the key question behind a recent collaboration between ...
Researchers develop efficient method to produce nanoporous metals
Nanoporous metals—foam-like materials that have some degree of air vacuum in their structure—have a wide range of applications because of their superior qualities.
Is Phobos doomed?
"All these worlds are yours except Europa, attempt no landing there."
Astrophysicist's passion for exotic science inspired 'Interstellar'
It started with a blind date. Theoretical astrophysicist Kip Thorne was a divorced single dad raising a teenage daughter when he got a call in September 1980 from a close friend - fellow scientist Carl Sagan.
Endangered hammerhead shark found migrating into unprotected waters
The precise movements of a young hammerhead shark have been tracked for the first time and are published in the open access journal Animal Biotelemetry. The study, which ran over a 10-month period, reveal ...