Energy & Green Tech

Self-cooling tent runs using just water and sunshine

For many avid outdoorspeople, summertime and camping go hand in hand. But as climate change continues to drive summer temperatures higher, outdoor recreation could become less relaxing—and cooling technologies like fans ...

Energy & Green Tech

How much money does turning down the thermostat actually save?

The unprecedented rise in energy costs this winter has many people asking how to reduce their bills. In a typical UK home, around 80% of the total energy used in a year goes towards heating space and water, so any change ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

Compliant and conductive carbon nanomaterial for on-skin electronics

A soft and flexible electronic "e-skin," so sensitive it can detect the minute temperature difference between an inhaled and an exhaled breath, could form the basis of a new form of on-skin biosensor. The ultrathin material ...

Engineering

Climate change creates complications for concrete

Pennsylvania drivers know the effects that weather can have on paved roads—potholes, cracks and other pavement woes are a common occurrence. Climate change is accelerating the process, with devastating consequences for ...

Engineering

New material will make locally flexible diodes possible

Diodes allow directed flows of current. Without them, modern electronics would be inconceivable. Until now, they had to be made out of two materials with different characteristics. A research team at the Technical University ...

Engineering

Why UK railways can't deal with heatwaves—and what might help

The UK's rail service has been hit with widespread train delays and high levels of cancelations during the heatwave. The whole of the east coast line between Edinburgh and London was closed for hours on July 20 because of ...

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