Heat-reflecting paint keeps things cool without AC

A new white paint keeps surfaces up to 18 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than their surroundings—almost life AC or a refrigerator, but without using any energy.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
Oct. 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability electricity emissions temperature science-and-technology earth-and-environment

Team creates ‘holy grail’ of superconductors

"...with this kind of technology, you can take society into a superconducting society where you'll never need things like batteries again."

Bob Marcotte-U. Rochester • futurity
Oct. 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: physics electricity materials-science superconductors temperature magnetism featured science-and-technology

Plant-based device could charge cars in minutes

A new green supercapacitor is flexible, lightweight, and cost-effective. It could charge your devices way faster, too, researchers say.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
Sept. 9, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability electricity materials-science mobile-devices science-and-technology earth-and-environment supercapacitor

Electric fish ignore their own zaps with a cool trick

Electric fish use zaps to communicate but all that zapping can get confusing. When they sense their own signal, a brain function says, "Ignore it."

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Aug. 25, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: electricity fish brains communication science-and-technology

A zap controls liquid metal at room temp

With a bit of voltage, researchers have shown they can turn droplets of liquid metal into streams the diameter of a human hair.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
July 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: electricity materials-science metals science-and-technology liquids

Solar energy converter creates power and heat for cheap

A new hybrid solar energy converter generates electricity and steam with high efficiency and low cost, researchers report.

Barri Bronston-Tulane • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: electricity heat science-and-technology earth-and-environment solar-energy

Device is like a router for solar homes in blackouts

A new device for blackouts improves energy delivery between home solar-power systems and the electrical grid, report researchers.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: electricity science-and-technology solar-energy public-utilities

Swaying trees could power new forest fire alarm

"The self-powered sensing system could continuously monitor the fire and environmental conditions without requiring maintenance after deployment."

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: electricity trees fires forests sensors earth-and-environment

‘Invincible’ material could light up soft robots

A new stretchy, self-healing, damage-resistant, and light-up material called HELIOS could be useful in soft robots or way tougher screens for our devices.

National University of Singapore • futurity
June 5, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: robots electricity light material-science featured science-and-technology self-healing

Device generates power from shadows

Researchers have created a shadow-effect energy generator that can use the contrast between shadows and light to generate electricity.

National University of Singapore • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: electricity light renewable-energy earth-and-environment wearable-devices

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