Researchers from UCLA invent a device that generates electricity from a rather unusual source.
- UCLA scientists have invented a cheap, flexible, and simple device called snow-TENG that generates electricity when it comes into contact with snow.
- Scientists have known that snow carries an electrical charge for several decades, but this device is one of the first to capitalize on that effect.
- The researchers believe that snow-TENG could be used in movement-tracking applications or as a simple weather station that requires no battery to operate.
Can you make solar power work when the sun goes down? You can, and Dubai is about to run a city that way.
- A new concentrated solar plant is under construction in Dubai.
- When it opens next year, it will be the largest plant of its kind on Earth.
- Concentrated solar power solves the problem of how to store electricity in ways that solar pannels cannot.
Doctors may be able to painlessly reshape cartilage with the technique.
- The application of electrical current can temporarily soften cartilage, allowing it to be manipulated before re-hardening.
- The technique promises to eliminate cutting, scarring, pain, and recovery time.
- So far it's been tested on just one bunny who now has one straight ear and one bent one.
What gives us color now may give rise to our cyborg future.
- Eumelanin is a mildly conductive type of melanin that produces dark pigmentation in hair, eyes, and skin.
- Researchers have just found a way to boost its conductivity without adding foreign materials.
- Eulemanin may be useable as a coating for implanted devices the body won't reject.
While there's plenty to be worried about, it's important to remember that we're making progress, too.
- If we do nothing, global temperatures could rise as high as 10 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.
- Fortunately, humanity is hard at work at keeping temperature increases below the 2 degrees Celsius mark.
- These 7 projects are just a snapshot of what humanity is collectively doing to fight back and beat climate change.