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Lithium-ion batteries are at the heart of all kinds of devices, from smartphones and laptops to the ever-growing contingent of electric cars. So there is interest from many quarters in boosting their performance with advanced materials that make them lighter, more compact and able to hold more energy. A new tin-aluminum alloy developed by engineers in Texas might deliver on all three aspects,
The Pixel and the Nexus are like brothers from another mother. On the one hand, you've got Google's best from last year and on the other, Google's best from this year. But how does the Nexus 6P stack up against the Pixel, one year later? Let's find out. If you look at design, they're pretty far apart. The 6P's metal build with a visor up top is definitely premium but so
A team of scientists has discovered a mysterious "big void" inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, the largest pyramid in the Giza complex. The void was discovered using a novel scanning technology called cosmic-ray muon radiography, and while the scanning team is suggesting this could be an undiscovered inner structure, some Egyptologists are not convinced...Continue Reading Debate stirs over mys
Lithium-ion batteries are at the heart of all kinds of devices, from smartphones and laptops to the ever-growing contingent of electric cars. So there is interest from many quarters in boosting their performance with advanced materials that make them lighter, more compact and able to hold more energy. A new tin-aluminum alloy developed by engineers in Texas might deliver on all three aspects,
As part of its plan to turn undersea drones from remote controlled tools to proper members of the fleet, the US Navy awarded a US$43.2 million contract to Lockheed Martin to design the Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV). The focus of a two-phase competition to produce up to nine vehicles, the XLUUV Orca will be an autonomous submarine capable of carrying out multiple missions
Daimler, BMW, Ford and VW (which includes Audi and Porsche) are collaborating on the installation of fast charging stations across numerous countries in Europe, starting with 20 this year. By the year 2020, the IONITY project will comprise of around 400 EV pitstops to make long range travel easier on the electric driver...Continue Reading Automotive titans join forces to install 400 fast char
While the capabilities of today's 3D printers may be impressive, the machines still take a long time to print all but the smallest of items. Led by associate professor Chinedum Okwudire, however, scientists at the University of Michigan have found a way of greatly reducing print times without any sacrifice in quality, and without any hardware upgrades...Continue Reading Fewer bad vibrations m
Greenhouses already tend to be situated in such a way that they receive a lot of sunlight, so why not incorporate solar panels into them? That's just what University of California, Santa Cruz spinoff company Soliculture has done. But there's one thing to note about its greenhouses – their roof glass is colored magenta. According to a new study, though, it doesn't harm plant growth … in
Like many lizards, geckos can detach their tail in order to evade a predator, then regrow it complete with the spinal cord. In fact, they can regrow it faster than any other lizard – within just 30 days. Now, a scientist from Canada's University of Guelph has discovered how they go about doing it. His findings could lead to improved treatment of spinal cord injuries in humans...Continue Readi
Most humans are right-handed … but what about honeybees? A new study from Australia's University of Queensland indicates that about a quarter of them are, while another quarter are left-handed, and half have no preference. The findings could have implications for the steering of fleets of aerial drones...Continue Reading Bees' left/right-handedness could be applied to human techCategor

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