Now we know how some bacteria ‘eat’ electricity to survive

Scientists have been curious about how bacteria that survive on electricity actually make the process happen. Now we know.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | Nov. 8, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology bacteria electricity electrons

Carbon capture might not be such a great idea

Carbon capture technologies could actually produce more carbon dioxide than they suck up. Focusing on renewables is a better solution, researchers say.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford | Oct. 28, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide climate-change coal electricity renewable-energy sustainability

We finally know how friction causes static electricity

It's been a mystery for more than 2,500 years, but researchers have figured out what's going on when friction causes static electricity.

Northwestern U. | Sept. 11, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology electricity friction materials-science

Farming under solar panels saves water and creates energy

Growing crops under the shade of solar panels, also called agrivoltaics, could boost food production, use less water, and make solar panels more efficient.

U. Arizona | Sept. 6, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture electricity food renewable-energy water

Zero-power radiative cooling system sends heat into space

A new radiative cooling system blocks sunlight and shoots heat into space. It could keep buildings cool down here on Earth.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo | Aug. 23, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured electricity sunlight temperature

Why sodium-ion batteries don’t last as long

Hydrogen seems to be the culprit behind the short lifespans of sodium-ion batteries, a potential replacement for costly lithium-ion batteries.

Shelly Leachman-UCSB | Aug. 5, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology batteries electricity hydrogen lithium

Water and ultra-thin metal generate electricity

"It's exciting to think about... coating the outside of building windows with metal nanolayers to obtain energy when it rains."

Megan Fellman-Northwestern | Aug. 1, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology electricity metals nanotechnology water

Could electrical pulses get wounds to heal faster?

Simulating how electroporation affects cells could get us a step closer to using electricity to boost wound healing and fight diseases like cancer.

James Badham-UCSB | July 18, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cells electricity wounds

Device recycles waste heat into light to boost solar systems

New technology could boost the efficiency of solar power systems by converting waste heat into light.

Mike Williams-Rice | July 16, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment electricity light nanotechnology renewable-energy temperature

Wireless charging can mess up your phone’s battery

Wireless charging may be handy, but new research shows it can mess with your phone's battery and even shorten how long your device will last.

Alice Scott-Warwick | July 12, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology batteries electricity mobile-devices

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