News tagged with mechanical energy

How plants manage excess solar energy

Life on earth largely depends on the conversion of light energy into chemical energy through photosynthesis by plants. However, absorption of excess sunlight can damage the complex machinery responsible for this process. ...

dateDec 05, 2016 in Plants & Animals
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Dyke inspection robot with an innovative powertrain

Future robots that continuously inspect our dykes, don't come across an electrical charging station every few hours. Using a smart gear box for the robot, UT researcher Douwe Dresscher manages to drastically reduce the energy ...

dateNov 09, 2016 in Robotics
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Mechanism behind plant withering clarified

A research team from Kobe University have reproduced the reaction in which harmful reactive oxygen species are created during plant photosynthesis, and clarified a mechanism behind plant withering. This discovery could help ...

dateApr 21, 2016 in Biotechnology
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Harnessing the energy of small bending motions

For many applications such as biomedical, mechanical, or environmental monitoring devices, harnessing the energy of small motions could provide a small but virtually unlimited power supply. While a number of approaches have ...

dateJan 06, 2016 in Engineering
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Carbon-nanotube strips harness waste heat

Where work is done there is waste heat, but research is making progress toward ways of harnessing heat so that this energy is not wasted. Devices for converting heat into mechanical energy and then into electrical energy ...

dateDec 22, 2015 in Nanophysics
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