Scientists break down silk to invent extremely efficient non-stick material

Scientists break down silk to invent extremely efficient non-stick material

“The success we had with modifying silk to repel water extends our successes with chemically modifying silk for other functionalities—such as the ability to change color, conduct electrical charge, or persist or degrade in a biological environment,” said David Kaplan, Stern Family Professor of Engineering at Tufts. “As a protein, silk lends itself well to … Read more

Volkswagen’s new partnership will develop vehicle-to-grid energy storage

Volkswagen's new partnership will develop vehicle-to-grid energy storage

“Consumers will then become active players in the energy transition. Over the next few years, the MoU’s signatories will identify possible barriers to EV integration and explore how to showcase its benefits, for example by developing demonstrators.” The multiyear partnership will also investigate how powering the grid with EV batteries can help stabilize electricity costs … Read more

Bill Gates’ and Samsung’s prototype toilet can turn your poop into ashes

Bill Gates' and Samsung’s prototype toilet can turn your poop into ashes

It seems Samsung has stepped up to the challenge with its new toilet. “During three years of research and development, SAIT worked on the basic design and developed the component and modular technology, leading to the successful development of a prototype for household use. The product is energy-efficient with effluent treatment capability, and meets the … Read more

Brainwaves synchronize during online games when players aren’t in the same room

Brainwaves synchronize during online games when players aren't in the same room

Study results show inter-brain synchronization during online gaming. If there is empathy and cooperation, inter-brain synchronization is activated. The subjects were tested by placing them in two separate soundproof rooms. Researchers at the University of Helsinki have demonstrated that the brains of participants synchronize while playing online games, even when the participants are not physically … Read more

Can we deflect an asteroid by crashing into it? Space engineering expert weighs in

Can we deflect an asteroid by crashing into it? Space engineering expert weighs in

The target asteroid is called Dimorphos, a body 163 metres in diameter that’s orbiting a 780 metre-wide asteroid called Didymos. This ‘binary asteroid system’ was chosen because Dimorphos is in orbit around Didymos, which makes it easier to measure the result of the impact due to the resulting change in its orbit. However, the Dimorphos … Read more

US adds air-breathing hypersonic missiles to its arsenal

US adds air-breathing hypersonic missiles to its arsenal

“HACM will provide our commanders with tactical flexibility to employ fighters to hold high-value, time-sensitive targets at risk while maintaining bombers for other strategic targets.” The Southern Cross Integrated Flight Research Experiment (SCIFiRE), a joint U.S. and Australian research, helped design the first-of-its-kind missile. The U.S. Air Force placed a strong emphasis on enhancing interoperability … Read more