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Scanning electron microscope images that show how normal electrolyte promotes dendrite gro...

Dendrites – thin conductive filaments that form inside lithium batteries – reduce the life of these cells and are often responsible for them catching fire. Scientists working at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) of the US Department of Energy claim to have produced a new electrolyte for lithium batteries that not only completely eliminates dendrites, but also promises to increase battery efficiency and vastly improve current carrying capacity.  Read More

Research into aluminum superatoms may lead to the discovery of a new class of high-tempera...

Scientists at the University of Southern California have made steps toward discovering a new family of superconductor materials that work at relatively high temperatures, with possible applications in physics research, medical imaging and high-performance electronics.  Read More

The Splash Tunes Pro delivers plenty of sound for the bathroom (Photo: Eric Mack/Gizmag.co...

We're really beginning to like singing (or arguing with out favorite podcasts) in the shower, thanks to the Splash Tunes Pro waterproof shower speaker from FresheTech. This small, unassuming suction cup-mounted Bluetooth speaker delivers a surprising amount of sound in a speaker that costs US$70.  Read More

FlexCharger features wireless charging, two cables, a dock and a USB 3.0 port

Charging devices is, for many people, just a part of their daily routine. We have smartphones, tablets, laptops, portable game consoles, and all kinds of other devices that need some juice. With that in mind, there's no shortage of devices that aim to make charging easier and more efficient. A new player in the game is the FlexCharger, a versatile device that can charge five things at one time – and it does it in style.  Read More

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside say they have found a way around th...

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) have developed a silicon anode for lithium-ion batteries that outperforms current materials and gets around previous issues that would cause the battery to be inefficient and quickly degrade (or even fail catastrophically) with use. As the researchers focus on scaling up production, the advance could pave the way for higher-performance electric vehicles, electronics and all-around portable power.  Read More

Example of a wireless, battery-free RFID sensor tag for detection of chemicals such as exp...

A global economy brings many benefits, but it also makes international terrorism extremely difficult to combat. With more goods passing through the world's shipping terminals and airports than ever before, hunting explosives with large, static detectors or teams of inspectors armed with detecting devices and reagents is a bottleneck that increases the chances of evasion. To help US counterterrorism efforts, GE has developed RFID stickers that act as wireless, battery-free explosives detectors that can be placed almost anywhere.  Read More

Pixie Points attach to everyday objects allowing them to be located using an augmented rea...

Pixie Points are new location trackers that use your smartphone's camera to locate tagged objects in an actual picture of your surroundings. The system is claimed capable of tracking down "pixified" objects, which are marked with a bold X, to within a few inches of their location.  Read More

The Equil Smartmarker can stream notes made on a whiteboard surface to mobile devices

The notes made on a whiteboard during a meeting or lecture might be important, but once the board is wiped they're gone. The Equil Smartmarker, however, can make sure that's not the case. It can capture whiteboard notes and stream them to computers and mobile devices.  Read More

Beam is a smart projector that can be screwed into a light socket

Beam is a new projector that functions a little differently than others on the market. Not only can it be plugged into a traditional power outlet, but it can also screw directly into a light socket, making it easy for users to utilize anywhere.  Read More

A 3D CNC router (computer controlled cutting machine) assembled from UberBlox, which is a ...

As cool and wonderful as Lego is, those plastic bricks can be tricky to handle if you want to step up from mere constructive play into serious custom-built prototyping. UberBlox hopes to fill that gap. It's a metal construction set and prototyping system with a single-connector locking mechanism and a variety of control boxes for accommodating whatever computer connection or automation needs a project might have.  Read More

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