Science

Harness Solar Energy Through Spray on Film

August 11, 2010 / No Comments

A remarkable new technology breakthrough has been made by a Norwegian company EnSol AS. They have come up with a solar film that can be sprayed onto windows, which will enable them to generate solar power, without compromising on the view.

Plane Makers Move Toward Eco-Friendly Initiatives

July 27, 2010 / No Comments

Airplane maker Boeing has unveiled an ‘ecoDemonstrator program’ – which aims at speeding up technological advances that will serve to heighten fuel efficiency, operational efficiency and noise reduction. The commercial aviation industry has been seeking to achieve carbon neutral growth by the year 2020.

Bio-Manufactured brick cuts CO2 emissions by 800 million tons a year

May 12, 2010 / 1 Comment

Well architects don’t do this sort of a thing, meddling with the science of construction material, engaging in chemical processes to create their own building substance. Nonetheless, Ginger Krieg Dosier broke the fraternal tenet and did just that to create stuff which even the greatest of the designers, shelving utopian designs then and now, gave amiss. The young American architect, ...

New Solar Cells can Capture Light in the Visible, and the Invisible Spectrum

April 15, 2010 / No Comments

A group of researchers from the Kyoto Institute of Technology recently unveiled a new photovoltaic cell that can capture energy not just from the visible light spectrum, but from infrared and ultraviolet light as well.

Artificial Leaf to Generate Energy Without Harmful Emissions

March 26, 2010 / 1 Comment

Photosynthesis by plants is a simple, green way to generate loads of energy, and giving out precious oxygen in the process. Scientists have been working to create a system that would generate energy like plant leaves do, without any ill-effects on the environment. Precious little success has been achieved so for, and the Artificial Inorganic Leaf (AIL) is a step ...

Scientists Find Clean Hydrogen Fuel in Piezo Crystals and Noise

March 18, 2010 / No Comments

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison claim to have found clean hydrogen fuel in the unholy mix of zinc oxide crystals, water and noise pollution. Researchers say that the process will not require any catalyst like oil, and will manage to be fairly efficient. Which makes it quite a winner, with noise pollution being quite ubiquitous in our world, using ...

New Material Goes all ‘Venus Fly Trap’ on Nuclear Waste

March 1, 2010 / No Comments

Nuclear waste is tough to handle, and can take thousands of years to decay before it becomes safe again. The waste contains non-toxic sodium ions and highly radioactive cesium isotopes. Removing these harmful isotopes has been difficult as most materials cannot "differentiate" between the radioactive ions and the non-toxic ones. Scientists Mercouri Kanatzidis and Nan Ding from US Department of ...

Nanotech-enhanced Clothes to Store Energy for Charging Gadgets

February 23, 2010 / No Comments

Stanford University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering has made advances in creating clothes that would be capable of acting like batteries, holding enough energy to charge our gadgets. The way things appear, these fabrics would be more like lightweight batteries in conventional clothing, and not some weird, impractical dress hiding batteries.

Scientists Make Plastic Sweet, Easily Compostable

February 19, 2010 / No Comments

Plastics are evil, big villians in every environment story. They are made from fossil fuels, refuse to biodegrade for centuries, and the modern lifestyle ensures that mountains of plastic are produced every year. Nearly 150 million tons of plastic is produced every year, and 99% of that is made from fossil fuels. There are plant based plastics like PLA out ...