Aluminum studs make solar panels up to 22 percent more efficient

By Maja Bosanac
28 October 2013

aluminum-studs-solar-panels-1A team of researchers at the Imperial College London and their international collaborators in Belgium, China and Japan have demonstrated that the efficiency of all solar panel designs could be improved by up to 22 percent by covering their surface with aluminum studs that bend and trap light inside the absorbing layer. Solar panels covered… »

TWIRP – dolphins-inspired radar can detect hidden surveillance and explosive devices

By Maja Bosanac
27 October 2013

dolphinCollaboration between researchers at the University of Southampton, researchers at the University College London, and Cobham Technical Services resulted in development of a novel kind of radar system called the twin inverted pulse radar (TWIRP) that can detect hidden surveillance equipment and explosives. Inspiration for the device scientists found in the way dolphin hunts the… »

Kalgoorlie eucalyptus trees absorb and store gold in leaves

By Maja Bosanac
26 October 2013

eucalyptus-leaves-gold-1Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) researchers have discovered that eucalyptus trees in the Kalgoorlie region of Western Australia are absorbing gold particles from the earth via their root system and depositing it in their leaves and branches. This discovery could provide an opportunity for a more cost effective and environmentally friendly mineral exploration… »

New hair regeneration method allows follicles growth on bald spots

By Damir Beciri
22 October 2013

christiano-follicle-xsectionResearchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) came up with a hair restoration method that can generate new human hair growth, rather than simply redistribute hair from one part of the scalp to another. The approach could significantly expand the use of hair transplantation to women with hair loss, who tend to have insufficient donor… »

Novel approach can sort cells up to 38 times faster

By Maja Bosanac
21 October 2013

ucsd-cytometry-1A group of researchers led by computer scientists at the Jacobs School of Engineering at University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) has developed a new method that optimizes the sorting of cells up to 38 times faster compared to other currently available methods. It utilizes computer vision and hardware optimization and could be… »

Key genes for increasing oil content in plant leaves have been identified

By Maja Bosanac
20 October 2013

plant-leaves-oil-1A group of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory has identified the key genes involved in oil production and accumulation in plant leaves and vegetative plant tissues. Increased expression of these genes resulted in increased oil content in leaves – plant’s most abundant source of biomass. This finding could help increase… »

Novel bio-inks can be used to print various types of tissue

By Maja Bosanac
17 October 2013

fraunhofer-gellatine-tissue-printingA group of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have succeeded in developing bio-inks for tissue printing technology. The transparent liquids consist of components from the natural tissue matrix and living cells, such as a well known biological material – gelatin. By controlling the chemical modification of this biomolecule, researchers can imitate the properties of various… »

A new approach for more efficient cartilage repair and regeneration

By Damir Beciri
3 Comments16 October 2013

epfl-cartilage-1Damage to cartilage may no longer have to be irreversible. A team of EPFL scientists has developed a smart hydrogel material that could promote cartilage regeneration. That would be great news for athletes, elderly, and people with conditions which lead to cartilage degeneration and arthritis. The advantage of this method is its ability to release… »