New genetic-modification approach could eliminate sleeping sickness

By Maja Bosanac
One Comment4 October 2013

osu-tse-tse-flyResearchers at the Oregon State University (OSU) have devised innovative approach that could reduce or even eliminate the deadly disease African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), which was shown in a recent mathematical modeling study. They developed genetic-modification strategies to reduce the transmission of sleeping sickness, but this method appears as a promising strategy for reducing the… »

TU Delft students beat the world record for electric car acceleration

By Damir Beciri
One Comment4 October 2013

dut12-1_1Back in the year 2000, a team consisting out of students mainly from the faculties of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) joined Formula Student – a testing ground where students develop racing vehicles. The project evolved through time and DUT Racing team recently managed to break the… »

World record solar cell with 44.7 percent efficiency

By Damir Beciri
1 October 2013

fraunhofer-solar-cell-record-1Engineers at the Fraunhofer Institute, Soitec, CEA-Leti and the Helmholtz Center Berlin joined forces to achieve a new world record for the conversion of sunlight into electricity. Using a new solar cell structure with four solar subcells, they managed to set a new record efficiency of 44.7% was measured at a concentration of 297 suns… »

Researchers pinpoint how some plants fix nitrogen while others do not

By Maja Bosanac
29 September 2013

stacey-liang-1Most of legume species, plants in the family Fabaceae (Leguminosae), live in symbiotic relationships with nitrogen-fixing bacteria (rhizobia bacteria). The bacteria receive food from plant, and in turn the bacteria fix the nitrogen that most plants need to grow green and healthy. Researchers at the University of Missouri have found that nonlegumes plants respond to… »

Reusing CDs to clean sewage water

By Maja Bosanac
One Comment25 September 2013

photocatalytic-diskA group of researchers at National Taiwan University, National Applied Research Laboratories in Taiwan, and the Research Center for Applied Sciences in Taiwan have found a potential novel use for old music CDs. They coated disks with zink oxide (ZnO) nanorods that can function as a photocatalyst, a substance which can promote the reaction without… »

Using ‘wired microbes’ to generate electricity from sewage

By Damir Beciri
23 September 2013

microbial-battery-1Exoelectrogenic microbes are organisms evolved in airless environments which developed the ability to react with oxide minerals to create biological fuel needed for their survival. Although several research groups tried different approaches to tap into this source of energy since the turn of millennium, efficient use of these microbes as bio-generators proved to be challenging…. »

First real-time detector for intravenously delivered drugs

By Maja Bosanac
One Comment22 September 2013

first-real-time-detector-for-intravenouslyCurrently, computerized automated systems deliver drugs intravenously in exact volumes to hospital patients. However, these intravenous (IV) drug delivery systems cannot recognize which medications are in the tubing nor can they determine the concentration of the drug. A group of electrical and computer engineering students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have developed… »

RoboPipe built to inspect petrochemical platforms pipes

By Damir Beciri
21 September 2013

robo-pipe-1Currently, the process pipes that are at a height of more than two meters in offshore or onshore platforms must be inspected by human staff that climbs through scaffolding. In order to lower the risk, Mexican Corporation of Material Research (COMIMSA) designed RoboPipe – a robot prototype able to detect cracks or corrosion inside the… »