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Polymer batteries for cheaper and safer next-generation electronics

By Damir Beciri
One Comment11 September 2011

smartphoneRechargeable lithium-ion batteries are now the power of choice for a variety of portable consumer electronics. A group of researchers from the University of Leeds has invented a new type of polymer gel that could replace the liquid electrolytes currently used in rechargeable lithium cells. It would also enable production of cheaper lithium batteries without… »

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A peptide-based fluid used for a non-invasive way to fight tooth decay

By Damir Beciri
4 Comments26 August 2011

leeds-tooth-regenerationResearchers from the University of Leeds have discovered a new way to treat the first signs of tooth decay. They developed a peptide-based fluid that is literally painted onto the tooth’s surface in order to reverse the damage of acid attack and re-builds teeth as new. The peptide technology is based on knowledge of how… »

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Worm biomimicry inspires more flexible slithering robots

By Damir Beciri
One Comment8 July 2011

leeds-worm-botA researcher from the University of Leeds has drawn inspiration from nature to build a robotic worm that can wiggle its way around obstacles. Dubbed worm-bot, the robot is modeled after the Caenorhabditis elegans nematode – a minuscule¬† free-living worm that uses a very simple nervous system of just over 300 neurons to control the… »

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Sea shells inspired a new material made of chalk and polystyrene

By Damir Beciri
One Comment11 March 2010

seashellsA team of materials scientists and chemists from The University of Manchester and The University of Leeds have taken inspiration from sea shells found on the beach to create a composite material from dissimilar ‘ingredients’. They have successfully reinforced calcium carbonate, or chalk, with polystyrene particles that are used to make drinks cups. They report… »