A lithium ion battery unit
Batteries get safer and live longer with spongy tech

Penn State engineers have discovered a new technique able to double the life cycle of such devices

UK provides £1.3bn boost for science and tech talent

The funding hopes to guarantee the nation’s position at the forefront of innovative technologies

Science park invests £400k in low carbon upgrades

The new infrastructure put into place by Manchester Science Partnerships includes a Tesla Powerpack to reduce reliance on the grid

Scientific advisors promote climate change knowledge exchange

Experts from across the Commonwealth are to establish a knowledge exchange network to tackle issues such as climate change, food security and the state of the oceans

Researchers charge up battery performance

US scientists have found out the capacity and lifespan of lithium batteries can be improved by adjusting the ratio of metals they are made from

UK-China vow co-operation on energy innovation

The UK and China have pledged to work together to strengthen collaboration in science and innovation in various sectors, including energy. The new strategy builds on almost 40 years of co-operation and is the first bilateral science and innovation strategy China has developed jointly with another country. It sets the framework for future co-operation to […]

Scientists clean up extracting rare metals from coal

Researchers have found a way to extract rare materials and metals from coal in an efficient, cheap and environmentally friendly way. Scientists from the University of Kentucky say the new method of producing high-grade rare earth elements will make manufacturing the essential components found in iPhones, computers, missiles and other technological applications much cleaner. Materials […]

Solar catalyst ‘turns CO2 into ingredients for fuel’

A new light-activated material can convert carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide without producing unwanted byproducts. That’s according to scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), who said the technology could see solar-powered catalysts being used to generate fuel and other energy-rich products from harmful greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. They suggest the spongy nickel […]

Scientists and investors join forces to assess climate risks

Climate scientists and leading global investors are to work together to assess climate risks. They joined forces at the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO) to develop tools to help investors incorporate climate risk “more effectively” into long term investment decisions. CICERO Climate Finance will work on various solutions such as looking beyond carbon […]

Immigration ‘significant factor’ in US engineering growth

Immigrants make a significant contribution to the US science and engineering sector. From 2003 to 2013 the number of immigrants who were scientists and engineers increased to 5.2 million. That’s an 18% increase, according to a report from the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). That increase helped the total number of […]