Robotics

Mechanical engineers develop coronavirus decontamination robot

S tudies show that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is readily destroyed when exposed to ultraviolet light and heat while on surfaces, such as countertops, chairs, walls and floors. This vulnerability sparked an idea ...

Energy & Green Tech

New 'blue-green' solution for recycling world's batteries

Rice University researchers literally have a solution to deal with the glut of used lithium-ion batteries left behind by the ever-increasing demand for electric vehicles, cellphones and other electronic devices.

Energy & Green Tech

A lithium battery that operates at -70 degrees Celsius, a record low

Researchers in China have developed a battery with organic compound electrodes that can function at -70 degrees Celsius—far colder than the temperature at which lithium-ion batteries lose most of their ability to conduct ...