11 May 2022
Drones Can Help Dairy Farms Manage Methane Emissions
About 50% of the methane that California emits comes from dairy farms. In order to meet strict climate goals, the state has proposed ways to regulate dairy methane emissions. But these efforts run up against a big problem: There isn't currently a reliable way for dairy farmers to measure the amount of methane produced on their farm.
24 Jan 2022
Funding for Megawatt Truck Charging Along California Freight Corridors
The Electric Power Research Institute and CALSTART have been awarded $13 million from the California Energy Commission to jump start California's high-power charging infrastructure for medium and heavy-duty vehicles. The two organizations will lead a first-of-its-kind collaboration to launch the country's first zero-emission, freight-charging corridor network.
17 Jan 2022
Robotic Assistive Device Helps Infants with Movement Difficulties
Researchers have received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a robotic assistive device to help infants with movement difficulties. The soft wearable device will fit over little arms to support them or offer an extra boost in their movements.
6 Dec 2021
Light-Powered Soft Robots Could Suck up Oil Spills
A floating, robotic film could be trained to hoover oil spills at sea or remove contaminants from drinking water. Powered by light and fueled by water, the film could be deployed indefinitely to clean remote areas where recharging by other means would prove difficult.
24 Aug 2020
Upcycling Plastic Waste Towards Sustainable Energy Storage
What if you could solve two of Earth's biggest problems in one stroke? Engineers have developed a way to recycle plastic waste, such as soda or water bottles, into a nanomaterial useful for energy storage.
4 Aug 2020
Wearable Detects Parasite Infestations in Chickens
Blood-feeding livestock mites can be detected with wearable sensor technology nicknamed "Fitbits for chickens."
17 Mar 2020
Making Soft Robots Work Harder
Some fear robots might one day take over the world. But before they do that, machines will first have to learn how to walk over uneven surfaces. Researchers are trying to make robots more adaptive and safer for humans to interact with by developing soft robotic legs that respond to surfaces more naturally.
27 Mar 2019
Water resistant and self-healing electronic skin
Inspired by underwater invertebrates such as the jelly fish, researchers have created an electronic skin with similar functionality.
19 Dec 2018
New property in graphene for better solar panels
A new mechanism for ultra-efficient charge and energy flow in graphene, opening up opportunities for developing new types of light-harvesting devices.
31 Jul 2018
Researchers develop graphene-enhanced biophotovoltaic technology
Existing photovoltaic technology is not fully capable of realizing the promise of sustainable solar energy. Commercial and emerging photovoltaic technologies require energy-intensive extracting and manufacturing processes and often require metals like tin that generate social conflict and environmental harm with their mining. Slave and child labor, along with rampant environmental destruction and pollution are widespread in the tin mining industry, which in some places is even controlled by militias to fund wars.
24 Jan 2018
Making fuel cells for a fraction of the cost
Fuel cells have the potential to be a clean and efficient way to run cars, computers, and power stations, but the cost of producing them is limiting their use. That's because a key component of the most common fuel cells is a catalyst made from the precious metal platinum.
31 Jul 2017
Building the safe genes toolkit
DARPA created the Safe Genes program to gain a fundamental understanding of how gene editing technologies function; devise means to safely, responsibly, and predictably harness them for beneficial ends; and address potential health and security concerns related to their accidental or intentional misuse.
19 Apr 2017
New battery coating could improve smart phones and electric vehicles
High performing lithium-ion batteries are a key component of laptops, smart phones, and electric vehicles. Currently, the anodes, or negative charged side of lithium ion batteries, are generally made with graphite or other carbon-based materials.
12 Jan 2017
New technology will cut plug-in hybrid fuel consumption by one third
Engineers have taken inspiration from biological evolution and the energy savings garnered by birds flying in formation to improve the efficiency of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles by more than 30 percent.
28 Dec 2016
Self-healing, transparent, highly stretchable material
Scientists have developed a transparent, self-healing, highly stretchable conductive material that can be electrically activated to power artificial muscles and could be used to improve batteries, electronic devices, and robots.
2 Nov 2016
From ancient fossils to future cars
Researchers have developed an inexpensive, energy-efficient way to create silicon-based anodes for lithium-ion batteries from the fossilized remains of single-celled algae called diatoms. The research could lead to the development of ultra-high capacity lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and portable electronics.
17 May 2016
Graphene nanoflake-based films developed as thermal interface material
Heat dissipation in electronics and optoelectronics is a major obstacle to further technology development. It limits further miniaturisation, power, performance and reliability.
1 Dec 2015
Study shows some 3D printed objects are toxic
Researchers have found parts produced by some commercial 3D printers are toxic to certain fish embryos. Their results have raised questions about how to dispose of parts and waste materials from 3D printers.
4 Nov 2015
Bathing suit cleans the water as you swim
A material created engineers is the key component of a swimsuit that won an international design competition for its ability to clean water as a person swims.
9 Oct 2015
Making batteries with portabello mushrooms
Can portabello mushrooms stop cell phone batteries from degrading over time?