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Improving optical fiber bandwidth by a factor of ten

By Damir Beciri
10 December 2013

epfl-optical-bandwidth-1EPFL scientists have shown how to achieve a dramatic increase in the capacity of optical fibers. Instead trying to redesign the fiber itself, they decided to improve multiplexing – a method which allows sharing of a communications channel or medium by combining signals at a common point. The breakthrough could increase the throughput of data… »


Using carbon nanofibers to improve synthetic gasoline production

By Damir Beciri
4 December 2013

uic-carbon-nanofibers-catalyst-1While there are many efforts to shift from gasoline onto other fuels or electricity, a group of researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) took a different approach and found a more viable way to create synthetic version of petrol. They managed to improve the first step in the process of creating syngas,… »

Architecture| Tech»

EPFL’s new convention center west façade features dye solar cells

By Damir Beciri
3 December 2013

michael-gratzel-dsscEPFL is going to showoff with their new convention center by making power from its colorful glass façade. This is the first architectural integration of dye solar cells technology at this scale, and it’s achieved in partnership with Romande Energie with a goal to develop a large-scale solar park and conduct research and development projects… »

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Antibacterial power of black silicon inspired by cicada wings

By Damir Beciri
One Comment30 November 2013

diplacodes-bipunctata-wandering-percherEarlier this year, we reported about a finding which revealed that physical structure of Psaltoda claripennis cicada wings can shred certain types of rod-shaped bacteria. After analyzing the surface, researchers at the Swinburne University of Technology used biomimicry to create a surface with similar properties. This nanosurface could lead to development of a new generation… »

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Green architecture – Junction House, Melbourne

By Damir Beciri
3 Comments29 November 2013

junction-house-melbourne-1Situated in west Melbourne, the Junction House project required town planning due to the small lot size and its narrow northern frontage site. To overcome these issues, the architects decided to raise both the living areas and the mass of the building up. Aside being cleverly built, the house features various sustainable solutions which make… »

Featured| Tech»

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…. »


e-volo Volocopter VC200 – two-person rotor aircraft

By Damir Beciri
5 Comments23 November 2013

e-volo-volocopter-vc200-1Two years ago we reported about e-volo’s electric multicopter which performed its first manned flight. Although it appeared a bit makeshift, its development involved a lot of engineering. Recently, they unveiled e-volo’s Volocopter VC200 – a prototype two-person rotor aircraft. Improvements in its design are easily noticeable and its performance is much better compared to… »


Using high pressure to create better hydrogen storage

By Damir Beciri
One Comment20 November 2013

iridium-hydride-1An international team of researchers has synthesized a new material able to store up to three times more hydrogen compared to most known metal hydrides. The iridium hydride from hydrogen and metallic iridium has an unexpected structure that does not occur in other known hydrides. The new structure could inspire creation of new metal hydrides… »