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Using light to dramatically improve conductivity at room temperature

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments25 November 2013

marianne-tarunMany important discoveries happened by accident, and researchers at the Washington State University (WSU) had luck when they found out that exposing a crystal to light enables 400-fold increase of its electrical conductivity. The phenomenon, which lasted for days after the light was turned off, could dramatically improve the performance of devices like computer chips…. »

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Sugar beet pulp could be used for biodegradable food packaging

By Damir Beciri
18 January 2013

sugarbeet-credit-istockphoto-com-jason-lugoWhile some researchers suggest that sugar beet pulp should be used as biofuel and others use it in animal feed, researchers from the United States Department of Agriculture‚Äôs Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and their associates found a way to transform this leftover residue from sugar extraction into a material that could be used for biodegradable… »

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Super battery made of super-high pressure treated materials

By Damir Beciri
6 July 2010

super-battery-created-with-super-high-pressure-treated-materials-at-wsu-1When we write about gadgets and technology, we often mention the need for breakthroughs in energy storing technology. By using super-high pressures similar to those closer to the Earth core or on a giant planet, the researchers from Washington State University have created a compact, never-before-seen material capable of storing vast amounts of energy. “If… »