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New Nanowire Batteries Can Be Charged More Than 100,000 Times

Li-on batteries gradually deteriorate as they’re repeatedly drained and recharged. But now researchers from University of California, Irvine have developed a new nano-wire battery that can survive hundreds of thousands of charging cycles.

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Jamie Condliffe

April 21st

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Nanotubes Self-Assemble Into Wires With a Blast From a Tesla Coil

From chaos, some order and energy—at least if you’re a bunch of carbon nanotubes being blasted by a Tesla coil.

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Jamie Condliffe

April 15th

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Laser-Powered Balls Can Haul Heavy Loads Across Water

They don’t look much, but these little black balls harness the power of bright light to zip across the surface of water—pulling up to 150 times their own weight in the process.

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Jamie Condliffe

April 13th

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Scientists Finally Made Carbyne—a Material Stronger Than Graphene—That Lasts

Several years ago, scientists calculated the properties of an exotic form of carbon—called Carbyne—and found that it promised more strength and stiffness than any other known material. Now, it’s finally been made in stable form inside an Austrian lab.

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Jamie Condliffe

April 13th

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Data Centers of the Future Could Be Towering Skyscrapers

Data centers are usually vast, cavernous warehouse-like spaces rammed full of computers and cooling systems. But a pair of Italian architects has imagined a sustainable alternative that would meld server farms with skyscrapers.

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Jamie Condliffe

April 13th

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Play With the Inner Workings of a Neural Network on This Neat Website

Neural networks are a fundamental part of Artificial Intelligence: Software systems that train themselves to make sense of the human world. But if you want to understand how they work at a basic level, a cool new website allows you to get under the hood.

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Jamie Condliffe

April 13th

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This Flexible Sheet Camera Captures Images of What It’s Wrapped Around

Bored of taking photographs from a single point in space? This experimental new camera can be wrapped around objects to capture images in completely different ways.

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Jamie Condliffe

April 13th

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This Is the Most Sustainable Office in the World 

It might not look particularly groundbreaking, with its full-length windows and timber cladding. But this is, according to industry standards, the most sustainable offie in the world.

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Jamie Condliffe

April 12th

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This Could Be London’s First Wooden Skyscraper

Over the past few years, wood has emerged as an unlikely yet desirable material for the design of future skyscrapers. This is what London’s first tall timber structure could look like.

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Jamie Condliffe

April 11th

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A New Solar Cell Creates Electricity From Water as Well as Light

Rain means clouds and clouds mean less sunlight. That’s bad news for most solar cells, but a new design can actually make use of rain drops that fall on its surface, allowing it to generate electricity even when the weather’s bad.

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Jamie Condliffe

April 11th

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