Nanotechnology, News, Renewable Energy, Research

Sand-based batteries last three times longer than conventional ones

Photo: University of California

Expect the price of sand to skyrocket! Researchers at  University of California, Riverside have devised a coin-sized battery that uses silicone at its anode (negative side), instead of the over-used graphite, that lasts up to three times longer than conventional lithium-ion batteries. The key of the research is the silicon extraction method which uses quartz-rich sand as the feedstock and

Animals, Biology, Science

An animal that was thought extinct for the past 4 million years has resurfaced

Artist’s impression of living Protulophila polyps in a worm tube. Dennis Gordon and Erika MacKay [NIWA].

Talk about a comeback! An international group of scientists report they’ve encountered evidence that suggests a long lost marine animal whose lineage can be traced back hundreds of millions of years ago and which was thought extinct for the past 4 million years is actually alive and well. The findings were made in Picton, New Zealand and marks a splendid

Animals, Biology, News, Research

Hundreds of amphibian species all over the world killed by fungus infection, but there may yet be hope

Cuban treefrogs. Photo: oseph Gamble

Since the 1990s, biologists have witnessed a sudden demise of amphibian species. So far, hundreds of species have become extinct after becoming plagued by a wretched fungus. From mountain lakes to meadow puddles, no matter the continent, frogs are dying everywhere – a demise that might spell an ecological meltdown. There may still be hope yet, according to a recent study which

Environmental Issues, Green Living, News

‘Everything is NOT awesome’: Greenpeace viral video slashes Shell-Lego partnership


Greenpeace premiered a video yesterday that campaign’s against Shell’s plans of drilling in the Arctic, but primarily targets a proxy company, Lego. The ad wants to move the Danish toy company to cancel its deal with Shell that will put Lego toys in hundreds of gas stations. In the video, an oil-stricken Arctic depicted in a set comprised of 120kg

Eco tips, Environmental Issues, News

Giant 500 km wide ocean whirlpools affect climate

climate whirlpool

Giant whirlpools or mesoscale eddies, as described in scientific literature, can grow between 100 km and 500 km in diameter, forming around islands where ocean currents become disrupted. These whirlpools carry immense amounts of water and heat, but up until now they’ve been largely ignored in climate models. A novel research, however, found that energy dispersed by the giant eddies shouldn’t


Elephant starts crying after being released from 50 years of abuse


For 50 years, Raju the elephant was abused. He was shackled, held in spiked chains, his spirit and his body purposely broken. But that all change when finally, he was rescued by wildlife conservationists. When he realized that he was being saved, the elephant was so emotional that he started crying. “They [the rescue team] went in to rescue him

Environment, Geology, News

Wastewater pumping from oil drilling and fracking caused Oklahoma seismicity to surge


This year, Oklahoma already had over 230 earthquakes with a magnitude of over 3. In 2008, the average number was 1! It seems quite unlikely for such a dramatic change to happen naturally, especially without other geological indicators. Many geologists and seismologists suspected that this was connected with the recent oil explorations in the area, but they were unable to

Animals, Anthropology, News, Research

Chimp gesture language translated – they’re the only ones besides humans to intentionally communicate


If you’ve ever watched chimps during a nature program and became startled by your own empathy towards them, you’re not alone. It’s no secret that chimps are our closest relatives out of all primates, having 98% similar DNA. It goes further than genetics – it’s enough to look a chimp in the eye. The reflection is more than a physical mirror; there’s

Environment, News, Renewable Energy, Science

New water-based battery that uses organic materials instead of toxic metals could solve renewable storage problem

Schematic of aqueous organic redox flow battery (ORBAT) (credit: Bo Yang et al./Journal of the Electrochemical Society)

Renewable energy is clean, getting cheaper by the day and in many respects becoming more efficient thanks to rapid advancements coming from the world’s top-notch labs. It has one major drawback – storage. Before people can find a clever and cost-effective way to store all of that excess energy from wind and solar farms, chances have it that very few

Animals, Feature Post

Awesome Animals: The Piglet Squid


The piglet squid measures only a few centimeters across, and it’s one of the cutest animals out there! It can be found in virtually all oceans in the deep water, over 100 meters deep. Due to its tiny size and deep water habitat, the piglet squid is actually not that well studied and understood.   They are known to be