Science and Tech

Scientists in Abu Dhabi are using sand to store solar energy

A team of researchers in Abu Dhabi has developed an innovative new technology that uses sand to store solar energy. Known as Sandstock, the project aims to reduce costs associated with the conversion of solar power into usable electricity. Using locally-sourced sand to store sun's energy, according to the scientists, is not only cheaper, but also…


8 of the most ambitious space missions scheduled for the coming years

Although deemed impossible only a few centuries ago, space exploration like flight are easily two of mankind’s greatest achievements. In fact, they are glowing exemplars of what the human mind is capable of attaining, when left to its own devices. The outer space has long held an unshakable fascination, originating over 25,000 years ago with…


Cornell scientists develop new technology that makes large-scale carbon capture possible

A team of scientists has devised a new technology that turns carbon dioxide into a variety of useful chemical substances, while at the same time producing sizeable amounts of electrical energy. Recently published in Science Advances journal, the current research could help reduce environmentally-harmful CO2. At present, techniques for large-scale carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (or…


Hitherto-unknown lymphatic vessels discovered in the brain: Immune system might be controlling our social behavior

As part of a new research, scientists from the University of Virginia have discovered a hitherto-unknown series of lymphatic vessels that connect the brain to our immune system. The findings, according to the team, could help enhance our understanding of the relationship  between the immune system and the human brain, particularly how the former controls…



New renewable energy source relies on water, salt and osmosis to generate electricity

At a time when renewable energy is slowly but surely overtaking conventional fossil fuels, scientists at EPFL’s Laboratory of Nanoscale Biology have successfully demonstrated the electricity-producing capabilities of yet another sustainable power source: osmosis. Unusual though it is, the natural phenomenon has been found to generate usable power when fresh water comes in contact with…


Bacterial movements could soon power miniature wind farms for your smartphone

A team from Oxford University has found a way to exploit the natural movements of bacteria, utilizing them to power microscopic machines, including miniature wind farms for future smartphones. Recently published in the Science Advances journal, the research, scientists believe, could pave the way for an entire generation of self-assembling, micro-sized devices that in turn produce…