Team made great improvements of nanogenerator power efficiency
Nanogenerators are innovative self-powered energy harvesters that convert kinetic energy created from vibrational and mechanical sources into electrical power, removing the need of external circuits or batteries ...
Information storage for the next generation of plastic computers
Inexpensive computers, cell phones and other systems that substitute flexible plastic for silicon chips may be one step closer to reality, thanks to research published on April 16 in the journal Nature Communications.
Turning old milk jugs into 3D printer filament
Making your own stuff with a 3D printer is vastly cheaper than what you'd pay for manufactured goods, even factoring in the cost of buying the plastic filament.
Researchers report on discovery to make solar power less expensive and more efficient
(Phys.org) —University of Cincinnati researchers are reporting early results on a way to make solar-powered panels in lights, calculators and roofs lighter, less expensive, more flexible (therefore less ...
Better remote-sensing explosive detectors: The beginning of the end of full-body scanners?
Standing in a full-body scanner at an airport isn't fun, and the process adds time and stress to a journey. It also raises privacy concerns. Researchers now report in ACS' The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters a more ...
Plastic shopping bags make a fine diesel fuel, researchers report
Plastic shopping bags, an abundant source of litter on land and at sea, can be converted into diesel, natural gas and other useful petroleum products, researchers report.
Japan sensor will let diaper say baby needs changing
A disposable organic sensor that can be embedded in a diaper and wirelessly let a carer know it needs changing was unveiled by Japanese researchers on Monday.
Plastic crystals open up possibilities for novel materials
(Phys.org) —Researchers of the Dutch FOM Foundation have discovered that plastic crystals, which constitute a special type of matter, can be made with the help of rod-shaped particles. The crystals could ...
Ultra-thin tool heating for injection molding
In future, thin-film heating will allow plastic parts to be produced with greatly improved surface quality. Researchers have also found a way to make the whole process more energy efficient.
New research could lead to less expensive solar panels
(Phys.org) —A new discovery, by researchers at the University of St Andrews on why plastic solar cells work so well, could lead to better solar panels that are less expensive and more efficient.
Stranded humpback whale 'Johanna' had microplastics in her stomach
In the humpback whale that stranded end of 2012 and was publically called Johanna, microplastics were found. It is the first time that microplastics were encountered in the intestinal tract of a baleen whale. ...
Ecuador breaks Guinness reforestation record
Ecuador broke the world record for reforestation Saturday, as thousands of people pitched in to plant 647,250 trees in a single day, President Rafael Correa said.
Microplastics 'pollution puzzle' in PNAS News feature
In May, PNAS published an article that describes how research developed from finding unexpectedly high numbers of plastic particles in the marine environment to developing methods for identification and to ...
How mixing light with salt makes a smolt?
For decades, researchers have tried to find out what regulates changes in salmon when they transform from being freshwater to saltwater fish. Now they have come a little closer to an answer.