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Tech Xplore / Improved efficiency of all-polymer solar cells

Solar cells are an important contributor to a renewable energy supply, but solar panel waste will quickly become an enormous problem. Now, in a study recently published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A, researchers from ...

22 minutes ago in Energy & Green Tech
Tech Xplore / Using AI to target a laser for killing roaches

A trio of researchers from Heriot-Watt University, University Paul Sabatier and the University of Sussex has developed an AI-based device equipped with a laser that can be used to shoot and kill roaches automatically. In ...

2 hours ago in Engineering
Tech Xplore / Air filter showcases excellent performance and endurance in harsh environments

A team of researchers has designed a high-performance composite sponge that works effectively to filter particulate matter in high temperature and high humidity environments. The sponge, with its excellent mechanical properties, ...

3 hours ago in Engineering
Tech Xplore / Tesla robot walks, waves, but doesn't show off complex tasks

An early prototype of Tesla Inc.'s proposed Optimus humanoid robot slowly and awkwardly walked onto a stage, turned, and waved to a cheering crowd at the company's artificial intelligence event Friday.

Oct 02, 2022 in Robotics
Tech Xplore / Exploring Europa possible with silicon-germanium transistor technology

Europa is more than just one of Jupiter's many moons—it's also one of most promising places in the solar system to look for extraterrestrial life. Under 10 kilometers of ice is a liquid water ocean that could sustain life. ...

Tech Xplore / A computational shortcut for neural networks

Neural networks are learning algorithms that approximate the solution to a task by training with available data. However, it is usually unclear how exactly they accomplish this. Two young Basel physicists have now derived ...

Sep 30, 2022 in Computer Sciences
Tech Xplore / Stretchy, bio-inspired synaptic transistor can enhance or weaken device memories

Robotics and wearable devices might soon get a little smarter with the addition of a stretchy, wearable synaptic transistor developed by Penn State engineers. The device works like neurons in the brain to send signals to ...

Tech Xplore / Communication-less scheme streamlines microgrid setup, simplifies recovery

During a power outage or after a disaster, it is hard to beat the simplicity of a diesel generator. Just supply fuel and start it up—so easy, anyone could do it. Renewable microgrids, on the other hand, are not so simple, ...

Sep 30, 2022 in Energy & Green Tech
Tech Xplore / Researchers develop humanoid robotic system to teach Tai Chi

Zhi Zheng's robot is skilled at Tai Chi, and her research team hopes it will soon lead a class of older adults at a local community center. Her robot is more than a cute companion. It can help improve cognitive function and ...

Sep 30, 2022 in Robotics
Tech Xplore / India 'must toughen goals' to achieve zero emissions, says study

Despite India's ambitious commitments on renewable energy output, steeper targets will be needed over the next few decades to wean the country away from its dependence on coal, according to new analysis.

Sep 30, 2022 in Energy & Green Tech
Tech Xplore / Clean hydrogen: A long-awaited solution for hard-to-abate sectors?

One of the world's biggest climate challenges is decarbonizing fossil energy uses that cannot be directly electrified using renewable power. Among so-called "hard-to-abate" (HTA) sectors are major industries that rely on ...

Sep 29, 2022 in Energy & Green Tech
Tech Xplore / Bitcoin as environmentally costly as beef production

Taken as a share of the market price, the environmental costs of mining the digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin are more comparable to the climate damages of producing beef than gold mining costs, according to analysis published ...

Sep 29, 2022 in Business