Better Batteries through Biology

BETTER BATTERIES THROUGH BIOLOGY?

Lithium-air batteries have become a hot research area in recent years: They hold the promise of drastically increasing power per battery weight, which could lead, for example, to electric cars with a much greater driving range. But bringing that promise to reality has faced a number of challenges, including the need to develop better, more More Info »

VIDEO: GATES ARRIVE PANAMA CANAL

NEW GATES REACH PANAMA CANAL

The new gates weigh an average of 3,100 tons each; Expansion Program 62 percent complete PANAMA CITY, Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — In a major milestone for the Panama Canal Expansion Program, the first four gates for the new locks arrived from port of Trieste, Italy to the waterway’s Atlantic side on board the semi-submersible vessel STX Sun Rise this More Info »

“Polyurethane studded with gold nanoparticles can conduct electricity even when stretched to more than twice its original length. Stretchable electrodes pave the way for flexible electronics and gentler medical devices.” Image Credit: Joseph Xu

ELASTIC ELECTRONICS — STRETCHABLE NETWORKS OF GOLD NANOPARTICLES THAT CREATE THEIR OWN “WIRES”

Flexible electronics are now one step closer to being a reality thanks to new research from the University of Michigan — the researchers there created an extremely stretchable electrical conductor out of networks of gold nano-particles embedded in elastic polyurethane. “Essentially the new nanoparticle materials behave as elastic metals,” said Nicholas Kotov, the Joseph B. More Info »

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CITADIS SPIRIT LIGHT RAIL VEHICLES: CAN SAN DIEGO GET SOMETHING LIKE THEM?

(Image above taken from the youtube video “Alstom’s Citadis Spirit Light Rail Vehicle,” embedded below – all images courtesy Alstom) I’m writing this in a spirit not unlike that of a kid who, after entering a toy store, points to something new and yells out, “I want one!” I don’t know how feasible the new Citadis More Info »

Photos by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications

$18.5 MILLION ALUMNI GIFT LIFTS UC SAN DIEGO’S COMPUTER SCIENCE & ENGINEERING INTO NEW ERA

(The following article was written by Daniel Kane and originally published by the UC San Diego News Service; Photos by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications) An $18.5 million gift from a UC San Diego alumnus will set the computer science and engineering department on a new course into the future, funding new faculty endowed chairs, top-of-the-line More Info »