This innovative skylight uses light from the sun to desalinate water for drinking

Designer Henry Glogau has developed a skylight that uses seawater to provide natural ambient light and clean drinking water. The device is charged by a mini solar panel during the day. The remaining sea salt is also funneled into a dozen zinc and copper batteries that power a strip of light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Glogau’s device, which he dubbed Solar … Continue reading This innovative skylight uses light from the sun to desalinate water for drinking

From trash to treasure: Scientists to turn food waste into “high-value products” for new markets like cosmetics and packaging

Scientists from the University of Adelaide in Australia are leading an $11 million research consortium aimed at converting food waste into “high-value products” for markets like cosmetics and packaging. The Research Consortium Program for Agricultural Product Development is a joint research effort from the South Australian government, academic institutions and various stakeholders from the agriculture and food sector industries. The researchers … Continue reading From trash to treasure: Scientists to turn food waste into “high-value products” for new markets like cosmetics and packaging

New blood filtering system claims to use magnetic nanoparticles to remove pathogens

Researchers designed a new blood filtration system that uses magnetic nanoparticles to remove pathogens and cancer cells from the blood. Called MediSieve, the system works by connecting a patient to the same machine used for hemodialysis. As blood passes through the machine, magnetic particles selectively bind to harmful molecules present in the blood. The researchers are currently testing the technology on malaria, … Continue reading New blood filtering system claims to use magnetic nanoparticles to remove pathogens

Inspired by spiders and fire ants, researchers develop a new unsinkable metal

Researchers from the University of Rochester have developed an extremely buoyant metal that can be used to make unsinkable ships. The researchers have drawn inspiration from fire ants and diving bell spiders, which have the remarkable ability to remain afloat or survive underwater for long periods of time. These creepy-crawlies are able to do this by trapping air in an … Continue reading Inspired by spiders and fire ants, researchers develop a new unsinkable metal

Modern bone healing: Scientists design device that helps accelerate bone regeneration

As many as 6.3 million cases of bone fracture are reported in the U.S. annually. While the body usually begins to repair itself within minutes of a fracture’s occurrence, that process can sometimes be impaired. This can result in debilitating injuries. As a way to address the latter, surgeons at the University of Michigan Medicine (U-M) are … Continue reading Modern bone healing: Scientists design device that helps accelerate bone regeneration

Scientists develop an electrochemical process that removes toxic mercury from contaminated water

Researchers from the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden developed a method that can remove nearly 100 percent of toxic mercury from contaminated water. In a study published in the journal Nature Communications, the researchers said that the electrochemical process works by encouraging mercury ions to form an alloy with another metal. This effectively draws the heavy metal out of the … Continue reading Scientists develop an electrochemical process that removes toxic mercury from contaminated water

Researchers develop incredible new material from silver tungstate that has antifungal and antitumor properties

An international team of researchers has developed a new material from silver tungstate that can eliminate fungi and protect against cancer. In a study published in the journal Science Advances, the researchers exposed silver tungstate to radiation and found that doing so increased the material’s antifungal and anticancer properties. Irradiated silver tungstate is anti-fungal, anti-cancer Silver tungstate is an inorganic compound that … Continue reading Researchers develop incredible new material from silver tungstate that has antifungal and antitumor properties

Scientists develop artificial muscles powered by glucose: Findings will be used to develop a system that’s “even closer to a biological muscle”

A recent breakthrough in engineering and robotics just might blur the line between man and machine. Researchers from Linköping University in Sweden have successfully developed and created artificial muscles that run on glucose and oxygen — just like their organic counterparts. According to the researchers, they wanted to develop artificial muscles, which, instead of using traditional actuators powered by … Continue reading Scientists develop artificial muscles powered by glucose: Findings will be used to develop a system that’s “even closer to a biological muscle”

Updating fluid-powered machines: Scientists design bizarre-looking lionfish powered by a blood-like compound

You’ve heard of robots that can run, lift, jump and crawl. Now, prepare to see one that can bleed. In a paper published in the scientific journal Nature, a joint team of researchers from Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania detailed how they built a soft robotic lionfish, complete with a multi-functional circulatory system. At its core: a blood-like compound that not … Continue reading Updating fluid-powered machines: Scientists design bizarre-looking lionfish powered by a blood-like compound

A cheaper alternative? Scientists looking at converting plastic waste into hydrogen fuel

The problem of plastic waste pollution shows no signs of letting up. Around eight million tons of plastic waste are making their way into our oceans every year, and the problem is only expected to get worse as plastic production will need to grow by three or four times by 2050 to meet demand. Although … Continue reading A cheaper alternative? Scientists looking at converting plastic waste into hydrogen fuel