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Study gets the buzz on stingless bee honey

Given that honeybees (Apis mellifera) are so infamous for their stings, they are loved nonetheless for their golden honey. The much smaller stingless bees (Meliponini) produce honey as well, but are remarkable for their lack of sting! Like the more well-known honeybees, stingless bees are... click to read more

  • Natasha L. Hungerford | Research Fellow at Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, 4072, Australia
  • Mary T. Fletcher | Professor at Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, 4072, Australia
  • Norhasnida Zawawi | Senior Lecturer at Department of Food Science, Faculty of Food Science and Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
Views 1815
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 18, 2021
Machine adapting to its environment

What if a robot could adapt itself to a given circumstance more like a human? It sounds like a science fiction movie, but it may become a reality, using neuromorphic (or brain-like) computing. When we look at an object like a flower, or a person,... click to read more

  • Basudev Pradhan | Assistant Professor at Department of Energy Engineering, Central University of Jharkhand, Brambe, Ranchi, Jharkhand, 835205, India
  • Jayan Thomas | Professor at NanoScience Technology Center, Materials Science and Engineering and CREOL- The College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida, Orlando – 32826, FL, USA
Views 1316
Reading time 3 min
published on Jan 6, 2021
Stress management in lithium-sulfur battery: some space to breathe

Lithium-ion batteries, of the type we can find in any house-hold, have changed the world. But as society moves away from fossil fuels, we will need cheaper and greener technologies for storing energy to support renewable electricity generation and electric vehicles. The Lithium-Sulfur (Li-S) battery... click to read more

  • Mahdokht Shaibani | Research Fellow at Monash University, Clayton VIC 3800, Australia
Views 1376
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 11, 2020
A quantum step forward in high pressure science

Under normal conditions, some materials are naturally better at conducting electricity than others. By applying high enough pressure, some materials that normally block the flow of electricity, like sulfur, can become conductors better than copper or gold. A wire of such "superconductor" could theoretically deliver... click to read more

  • Prabudhya Bhattacharyya | Graduate Student at Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
  • Thomas Mittiga | Graduate Student at Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA.
Views 1330
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 7, 2020
World’s first microscale ‘transformer’ robot

The live-action Transformers film series features Autobots, mechanical, modular robotic lifeforms that could change their bodies into various alternative modes such as weapons, vehicles or machinery, and help save our planet from alien threats. Inspired by this fantasy, scientists and engineers have been developing technologies... click to read more

  • Tian-Yun Huang | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at State Key Laboratory for Turbulence and Complex Systems, Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science, BIC-ESAT, College of Engineering, Peking University, 100871 Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
  • Huiling Duan | Chang Jiang Chair Professor at State Key Laboratory for Turbulence and Complex Systems, Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science, BIC-ESAT, College of Engineering, Peking University, 100871 Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
Views 2525
Reading time 2 min
published on Nov 26, 2020