Better robot batteries get inspiration from body fat

Batteries that can conform to the shape of a robot's body double as protection and far more efficient energy storage could pave the way for new bots.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: robots batteries biomimicry featured science-and-technology body-fat

Red bricks can store energy just like batteries

A new method can convert 65-cent red bricks from Home Depot into a supercapacitor that can store electricity, researchers report.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Aug. 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: energy heat batteries science-and-technology earth-and-environment

Space station motors take prosthetic legs to a new level

Motors first designed for the International Space Station can help people using prosthetic legs to walk with a more natural gait, researchers say.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
July 17, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: walking batteries featured health-and-medicine motors joints prostheses

New tech keeps phone batteries from going boom

New technology can keep lithium batteries like those in our phones from heating up, failing, or exploding, researchers report.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
July 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: safety batteries mobile-devices featured science-and-technology

Lasers and sticky tape triple lithium metal battery life

A new technique that mirrors how scientists make graphene with lasers uses sticky tape to improve lithium metal batteries.

Jeff Falk-Rice • futurity
July 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: lasers batteries science-and-technology adhesives

Safe electric car battery lasts for 1 million miles

A new lithium-ion battery for electric cars offers both safety and high performance—and can last for 1 million miles.

Walt Mills-Penn State • futurity
March 5, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: sustainability electric-vehicles batteries lithium-ion science-and-technology

A.I. speeds up battery testing for electric vehicles

Artificial intelligence has brought the dream of recharging electric vehicles in the time it takes to stop at a gas station closer to reality.

Mark Golden-Stanford • futurity
Feb. 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence electric-vehicles batteries featured science-and-technology

8 tips to make your gadget’s battery last longer

These tips can make lithium-ion batteries last longer. That's good news for you and the environment, researchers say.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Feb. 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: electric-vehicles batteries mobile-devices science-and-technology

Grades could give old electric car batteries a ‘second life’

Researchers have figured out how to give electric car batteries that have reached the end of their life new potential, which is better for the environment.

Alice Scott-Warwick • futurity
Jan. 22, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: electric-vehicles batteries science-and-technology earth-and-environment

Defects can boost battery cathodes but only to a point

Too much stress in widely used lithium iron phosphate battery cathodes can open cracks and quickly degrade batteries.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Jan. 15, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: materials-science batteries science-and-technology

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