Science and Tech



New research reveals hitherto-unknown state of liquid water

You'd think that we already know everything there is to know about water, a compound that makes up nearly 60-percent of our body. Turns out there's more to it than meets the eye. As part of a new study, for instance, scientists have discovered a second, hitherto-unknown state of liquid water, achieved when heated to…



MIT scientists turn spinach leaves into powerful bomb detectors by integrating nanobionic technology

Researchers at MIT have turned spinach leaves into bomb detectors, thanks to advanced technologies in plant nanobionics. To impart this amazing "superpower", the scientists embedded nanomaterials into the delicate leaves, at the spot where photosynthesis is known to take place. This in turn enables the spinach to identify nitro-aromatic compounds commonly found in explosives, such as…


Footsteps on floorboards could produce a new form of renewable energy

Scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found an ingenious, and eco-friendly, way to generate usable electricity from floorboards. Wood pulp contains cellulose nanofibers that, when treated with specific chemicals, are capable of producing electrical charge, as a result of contact with unprocessed fibers. The breakthrough, as pointed out by the team, could pave the…



Scientists unravel the mystery of Paulinella, an ancient amoeba that consumed a bacterium to become photosynthetic

As part of a new research, an international team of scientists has attempted to solve the mystery surrounding Paulinella, a tiny amoeba that consumed a photosynthetic bacterium some 100 million years ago, keeping it alive to produce food through photosynthesis. The robbery allowed the ancient amoeba to exploit the bacterium's genes for photosynthesis, something that…


Colorado scientists convert brewery wastewater into renewable battery

Researchers from Colorado have teamed up with Boulder-based Avery Brewing to develop a essential battery part using wastewater that is the by-product of beer production. According to the scientists, the ingenious bio-manufacturing technique relies on living organisms present in brewery wastewater to generate specific carbon-based materials that are in turn used to create energy storage…