Clever chemistry turns ordinary bricks into electricity storage devices

Bricks turn out to be useful for storing electricity thanks to their porousness and red pigment.

Julio M. D'Arcy, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Washington University in St Louis • conversation
Aug. 11, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: chemistry innovation energy nanotechnology electricity research-brief buildings energy-storage

Energy is a basic need, and many Americans are struggling to afford it in the COVID-19 recession

Many Americans had trouble paying their energy bills before COVID-19, and the current recession is making the problem worse.

David Konisky, Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: energy heating covid-19 electricity air-conditioning consumers electric-utilities rising-energy-costs cares-act coronavirus-recession

Energy isn't just electricity – the common mistake obscuring the mammoth task of decarbonisation

Electricity is only one part of the green energy puzzle we need to solve.

George Loumakis, Lecturer in Energy, Glasgow Caledonian University • conversation
July 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: heating transport electricity renewable-energy renewables energy-demand green-energy

How brains do what they do is more complex than what anatomy on its own suggests

A bioengineer explains how a clearer picture of brain structure and function may fine-tune the ways brain surgery attempts to correct structure and medication tries to correct function.

Salvatore Domenic Morgera, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering, Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer, University of South Florida • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~11 min

Tags:  bioengineering  brain  neuroscience  cognition  electricity  neurons  fmri  neural-networks  cognitive-skills  wireless  near-field-communication  neural-processing  cognitive-function  nerve-signal  neural-circuitry  neural-circuits  neural-signals

Vibrators had a long history as medical quackery before feminists rebranded them as sex toys

From its roots as an electric version of snake oil, by the 1930s vibrators were just another household electric appliance that could soothe your pains at the end of a long day.

Kim Adams, Postdoctoral Lecturer in English, New York University • conversation
June 8, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: electricity electrification vibration-therapy quacks household-appliances vibrations masturbation

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