Why Scientists Used Graphene Nanoribbons to Engineer Bionic Mushrooms

Imagine the world…powered by mushrooms. No, I’m not on drugs, this is an actual scientific thing–we’ve now invented mushrooms that produce electricity, no fossil fuels required. Let me explain: researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology just created what they’re calling a bionic mushroom—a fungus they’ve modified to produce electricity! It really is basically any […]

These Engineers Want to 3D Print an Entire Rocket in 60 Days

Stargate is the world’s largest metal 3D printer entirely built and designed in-house. The core of it includes three robot arms — one of which is doing printing — and the other two are doing post post-processing. This is a six degree of freedom industrial robot arm so it can move anywhere within about a […]

Carbon Nanotubes Might Be the Secret Boost Solar Energy Has Been Looking For

Solar panels are an incredible innovation in energy tech, but they’re way less efficient than they could be, because they have a problem: heat. Specifically, waste heat, or energy that’s lost while converting the sun’s energy into electricity. But a new technology—made possible by carbon nanotubes—may be just the thing that brings solar panels into […]

How Close Are We to Fusion Energy?

Coal is dirty. Nuclear is scary. Solar and wind aren’t always reliable. Hydrothermal and hydroelectric aren’t widely accessible. And we’ll eventually deplete our oil reserves. Okay, yes, this is all a bit of hyperbole, but the bottom line is that we don’t have a perfect source of energy. But, there might be hope. Around the […]

Diamond Nuclear Batteries Are Forever… Sort Of

Since the early 1900s, researchers have been working on ways to turn radioactive material into an electric current that lasts.. for decades. Yeah, that’s right. We’re talking about nuclear batteries! This class of batteries is known as betavoltaics, and they’re powered by the beta-decay of a radioactive material—hence the name. Beta particles are basically just […]

How Voltage Fade Prevents Us From Creating the Perfect Battery

When it comes to consumer electronics or electric cars, lithium-ion batteries are still the technology of choice thanks to their high energy density and decent charge times. But billion dollar tech and auto giants are betting that there’s still room for improvement. One of the most promising upgrades has been mired by a mysterious setback, […]

Scientists Can Implant Fake Memories in the Brain, Here’s How

Human memory is unreliable enough as it is, but researchers interested in better understanding how and where our memories are stored are developing new ways to manipulate them. The search for memory “engrams,” a collection of identifiable neurons that physically represent a memory, has occupied scientists for over a hundred years. Turns out, memory is […]

Could Zapping Your Brain With Electricity Improve Your Memory?

Do you have memories you wish you could hold onto forever? Do you sometimes feel like they’re getting less vibrant? That’s probably because our working memory starts to decline as soon as our late twenties! Oh my god it’s all downhill from here, isn’t it? But new neuroscience research says that electrical stimulation could drastically […]

This Metal Asteroid Could Reveal Secrets About Earth’s Core | Countdown to Launch

Lurking between Mars and Jupiter, lies the large asteroid, Psyche– one of the only asteroids that we know of, that scientists believe may be mostly made of metal, and researchers from NASA and Arizona State University will be sending an orbiter to it for the very first time. We’ve never explored a terrain like this […]

Wireless Electricity Is Coming, Here’s Where We’re At

We’d all love to become less dependent on our phone chargers, but current wireless charging options just aren’t there yet. So, what if we could charge our phones..with WIFI?! Wireless charging devices on the market now use something called electromagnetic induction. First, a coiled wire in a charging pad turns an electric current into a […]