Researchers unveil mystery inside lithium oxygen batteries

The distributions and sizes of lithium peroxide on the end surfaces of C-AAO electrodes and inside them. Credit: Prof. TAN Peng’s team With a high energy density, Li-O2 batteries have become a state-of-the-art battery technology. Inside the Li-O2 battery, the generation and disintegration of the discharged product solid lithium peroxide (Li2O2) have a significant effect … Read more

Enhanced mantle cooling during late-neoproterozoic records onset of modern plate tectonics

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A research team led by Prof. Sun Weidong from the Institute of Oceanology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOCAS) and their collaborators from Curtin University and Geological Survey of Western Australia have reported a remarkable mantle cooling event that records the onset of modern plate tectonics. The study was published … Read more

Research reveals quantitative and high-resolution pressure functions of pressure-sensitive material

(a) Cross section image of two silicon molds. (b) Photographs of a wide scale silicon mold. (c) AFM image of a narrow scale silicon mold. (d) Illustration for investigation of spatial resolution using the molds. Credit: Journal of Materials Chemistry C (2022). DOI: 10.1039/D2TC01988D Researchers from Nagoya University in central Japan have published a study … Read more

Study shows behavioral, physiological changes in ants disturbed by development, urban sprawl

Research focused on changes in ants physiology and behavior based on their environment hopes to shed light on other ant and animal species that evolve amid urbanization. Credit: Texas A&M AgriLife, Michael Miller Research by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists in the Texas A&M Department of Entomology showed a common ant species undergoes physiological and … Read more

‘Without further investments we will miss the target’

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain “Without further investments in the bioeconomy, the net zero emission target will not be met.” Data issued from the EU project Biomonitor point out gaps in the Green Deal and suggest speeding up procedures states, “New technologies must be fostered but length and complexity of the European approval process risk discouraging … Read more

Drawing data at the nanometer scale

Left: Data storage using probe force. Right: Data storage area drawn with a width of 10 nm or less. Credit: POSTECH A method to draw data in an area smaller than 10 nanometers has been proposed in a recent study published in Physical Review Letters A joint research team led by Professor Daesu Lee (Department … Read more

The future of natural textile dyes

Seaweed dyed with biomaterials. Credit: Department of Seaweed As the environmental impact of the fashion and textile industries becomes clearer, the demand and need for sustainable alternatives is growing. One international research group aims to replace toxic synthetic dyes with natural alternatives, ranging from plants to microbes to food waste. Walk into any clothing store … Read more

Mental health in the UK is about to get worse, and inequality will have a lot to do with it

Credit: Hyejin Kang/Shutterstock The U.K. government’s recent mini-budget has come in for a lot of criticism. Its effect on stock markets, pensions and the value of the pound have barely been out of the news. As a clinical psychologist, one issue I find alarming, but has barely been discussed, is the possible effect this will … Read more

Stone spheres could be from Ancient Greek board game

Groups of spheres from Akrotiri. Credit: Konstantinos Trimmis Archaeologists from the University of Bristol have suggested that mysterious stone spheres found at various ancient settlements across the Aegean and Mediterranean could be playing pieces from one of the earliest ever board games. There has been quite a lot of speculation around these spheres found at … Read more