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New Self-Powered Cameras Will Mean Never Having A Dead Battery

Have you ever found yourself faced with a spontaneous moment of beauty only to pull out your camera and find the battery dead? Or maybe you've embarked on a long-distance back-packing trip which is endlessly scenic, but provides limited access to power outlets for recharging. Scientists have now got you covered as they unveil a new means of producing self-powered cameras.

Nanoparticles May Help You Win The Battle Against Tooth Decay

Removing plaque from the surface of teeth is a task typically assigned to topical antibacterial drugs, but this strategy is frequently thwarted by the presence of saliva, which can easily wash them away. Now nanotechnology scientists have developed unique particles which are designed to cling to the surface of plaque and tooth enamel before releasing their payload of pharmaceuticals leading to much more efficient treatment.

New Coating Turns Ordinary Cotton Into Super-Fabric

If you’ve ever pondered what sort of material might be best employed in a superhero’s suit, here’s one possible answer. Scientists in China have developed a new self-healing coating that turns ordinary cotton into a fire retardant, waterproof and self-cleaning super fabric. The technique, which involves a triple-dip coating in a series of polymers, is envisioned to be particularly useful in the fabrication of military uniforms or other textiles faced with similarly challenging environments.

MIT Creates New Traffic Algorithms That May Radically Reduce Traffic Problems

Has sitting in rush hour traffic for hours a day become your mind-numbing reality? Does passing the same pedestrian three times before crossing the intersection seem too much like normal life? If so, take heart. Researchers at MIT have found a new traffic algorithm which will not only save you time and frustration, but will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Spider Webs May Soon Make Us All Strong Like Spiderman

There is no shortage of scientific inspiration to be found in the workings of nature. With hundreds of millions of years of evolution on her side, Mother Nature has achieved some remarkable feats that human scientists are only just beginning to approach. One area in which this is particularly relevant is that of biomaterials. Currently, a new crop of materials scientists is investigating the structure and composition of spiders’ silk – the toughest of all biomaterials – with an eye towards everything from artificial tendons and ligaments to drug-delivering bandages.

Battery Electrodes Now Possible From Packing Peanuts

Finding a new use for waste products is a valuable avenue of research, both from an environmental and an economic standpoint. Brand new research reported this past weekend at the American Chemical Society Meeting has shown that packing peanuts – those pesky, statically charged foam nuggets that seem to end up everywhere after you've received fragile goods in the mail – can be transformed into electrodes for lithium ion batteries that actually perform better than many standard materials.

Electrically Charged Water Could Make Your Food Safer

Food borne illnesses are a major drain on global economic and public health systems while also causing extreme discomfort and occasionally death in those afflicted. In the United States, over a fifth of reported food-derived illnesses arise due to contaminated fresh produce. To alleviate this, most produce sold is cleaned using relatively unpleasant solvents like peroxides or chlorine solutions. Now researchers report a new environmentally friendly method of destroying pathogens on the surface of food using that most benign of solvents, water!

New Use For Supermaterial Graphene In Water Desalination Is Looking Promising

A lack of fresh, potable water is a looming crisis as the human population, and associated energy demand, continues to expand. Despite the Earth’s surface being primarily water-covered, only a small fraction is suitable for consumption or crop irrigation with the vast majority being salted ocean water. This makes desalination technology a crucial development in order to sustain our current rate of growth and industrialization, and a new graphene membrane may be just the breakthrough we need.

Chameleon-Inspired Material Could Be A New Frontier In Camouflage

With recent advances in understanding the science behind chameleons' color changes, researchers have been able to develop an artificial chameleon-like skin that changes color when deformed. The new material will have a number of exciting applications ranging from camouflage to color-changing sensors to next-generation flexible color displays.

Get Rid Of Old Or Unwanted Tattoos With Simple Cream BLTR

Tattoo removal is painful and difficult. For those who can afford laser removal, you can expect several uncomfortable appointments. For those who can't afford it, you're stuck with that tie dye unicorn you got over spring break. A Ph. D. candidate at Dalhousie University is working on an affordable solution to help those with unwanted tattoos. Soon, you might be able to say farewell to that unicorn mistake!