X-ray imaging provides clues to fracture in solid-state batteries

Researchers have used X-ray computed tomography (CT) to visualize in real time how cracks form near the edges of the interfaces between materials in solid-state batteries. The findings could help researchers find ways to improve the energy storage devices.

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How you charge your mobile phone could compromise its battery lifespan

Researchers have found that use of inductive charging, whilst highly convenient, risks depleting the life of mobile phones using typical LIBs (lithium-ion batteries).

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U.S. military consumes more hydrocarbons than most countries — massive hidden impact on climate

Research shows the US military is one of the largest climate polluters in history, consuming more liquid fuels and emitting more CO2e (carbon-dioxide equivalent) than most countries.

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Carbon-neutral fuel made from sunlight and air

Researchers have developed a novel technology that produces liquid hydrocarbon fuels exclusively from sunlight and air. For the first time worldwide they demonstrate the entire thermochemical process chain under real field conditions.

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Use this map to discover how much it will cost to recycle your old mattress

This week I took our neighbour to visit her husband. He’s been in a care home for years as he suffers from dementia. When I took her in, I couldn’t help noticing a pile of three mattresses by the side of the house. Last month there were two there. The month before, a skip on […]

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New core-shell catalyst for ethanol fuel cells

Scientists have developed a highly efficient catalyst for extracting electrical energy from ethanol, an easy-to-store liquid fuel that can be generated from renewable resources.

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One-two-punch catalysts trapping CO2 for cleaner fuels

Researchers are getting closer to developing a material that delivers a one-two punch: recycling atmospheric carbon dioxide for the production of cleaner hydrocarbon fuels.

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Fertilizer plants emit 100 times more methane than reported

Emissions of methane from the industrial sector have been vastly underestimated, researchers have found.

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Everything will connect to the internet someday, and this biobattery could help

In the future, small paper and plastic devices will be able to connect to the internet for a short duration, providing information on everything from healthcare to consumer products, before they are thrown away. Researchers have developed a micro biobattery that could power these disposable sensors.

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Plastic water bottles may one day fly people cross-country

Researchers have melted plastic waste at high temperature with activated carbon, a processed carbon with increased surface area, to produce jet fuel.

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