Promising new material has the right properties to capture solar energy, split water into hydrogen and oxygen
Jun 18, 2018
Solar energy is clean and abundant. But when the sun isn't shining, you must store the energy in batteries or through a process called photocatalysis—in which solar energy is used to make fuels. In photocatalytic water ...
Astronomers see distant eruption as black hole destroys star
Jun 14, 2018
For the first time, astronomers have directly imaged the formation and expansion of a fast-moving jet of material ejected when the powerful gravity of a supermassive black hole ripped apart a star that wandered too close ...
Team invents world's first nickel-hydroxide actuating material that can be triggered by both light and electricity
Jun 05, 2018
Over the past 30 years, researchers have studied actuating materials that can reversibly change their volume under various stimuli in order to develop micro- and biomimetic robots, artificial muscles and medical devices.
Ailing weather satellite produces sharp snapshot of Earth
May 31, 2018
Despite a serious cooling problem, the newest U.S. weather satellite has produced a sharp snapshot of Earth.
Researchers report new oxyfluoride compound for photocatalysis
May 25, 2018
Over the last decade, research has intensified to develop efficient, manmade photocatalysts that work under visible light—an important target for renewable energy systems. Scientists in Japan have now shown that an oxyfluoride ...
Study shines light on alternative medical imaging techniques
Apr 27, 2018
With a thin probe and a burst of microwaves, doctors can eradicate cancer cells without opening up a patient for surgery.
Researchers describe one of the darkest planets ever found (Update)
Apr 24, 2018 report
A team of researchers with Keele University in the U.K. has described one of the darkest planets ever observed. In their paper uploaded to the arXiv preprint server, the team describes the planet and where it appears to stand ...
Nanoparticle breakthrough could capture unseen light for solar energy conversion
Apr 23, 2018
An international team of scientists has demonstrated a breakthrough in the design and function of nanoparticles that could make solar panels more efficient by converting light usually missed by solar cells into usable energy.
Far-red fluorescent silk can kill harmful bacteria as biomedical and environmental remedy
Apr 19, 2018
A silk hybrid material attacks bacteria when illuminated by a green light, thanks to a far-red fluorescent protein researchers transferred to its genetic makeup.
Researcher helps classify new means of renewable light energy
Mar 27, 2018
Purdue professor Jeff Miller worked with researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles to characterize extremely small titanium dioxide that could help convert visible light into renewable energy.