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 […]

Can We Power the World With a Single Energy Grid?

If you look at a map of the US power grid, it looks like a spider web blanketing the entire country. It’s a patchwork that formed after communities that got their power locally were slowly stitched together to create a massive network. So could we scale that up even bigger? Could we connect the entire […]

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 […]

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 […]