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3-D printed metals can be both - strong and ductile

12-Dec-2017

A new technique by which to 3D print metals, involving a widely used stainless steel, has been show to achieve exception levels of both strength and ductility, when compared to counterparts from more conventional processes. The findings outline how a joint research team from the University of ...

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Imperial and Tsinghua University launch seed fund for 'ambitious collaborations'

11-Dec-2017

The Tsinghua-Imperial Research and Innovation Fund, which brings together two of the world’s leading research universities, aims to kick-start innovative research projects and concepts that are showing signs of promise but are at an early stage in development and need funding to progress. The ...

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Cheap and safe electro-catalysts for fuel cells

11-Dec-2017

Scientists from the University of Surrey have produced non-metal electro-catalysts for fuel cells that could pave the way for production of low-cost, environmentally friendly energy generation. In a study the team from Surrey worked with colleagues from Queen Mary University of London to create ...

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Carbon capture is helped by oil revenue, but it may not be enough

30-Nov-2017

The oil industry incentivises the development of carbon-capturing tech, but researchers say this will not reduce emissions to low enough levels. Carbon dioxide can be used to extract oil, accelerating the development carbon-capturing technologies and limiting climate change. However, in a new ...

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The way to better and cheaper transparent conductors

30-Nov-2017

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have made a discovery that could improve the conductivity of a type of glass coating which is used on items such as touch screens, solar cells and energy efficient windows. Coatings are applied to the glass of these items to make them electrically ...

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Moderate coffee drinking 'more likely to benefit health than to harm it' say experts

27-Nov-2017

Drinking coffee is "more likely to benefit health than to harm it" for a range of health outcomes, say researchers in The BMJ. They bring together evidence from over 200 studies and find that drinking three to four cups of coffee a day is associated with a lower risk of death and getting heart ...

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New 'supercatalyst' to recycle carbon dioxide and methane

20-Nov-2017

The University of Surrey has developed a new and cost-effective catalyst to recycle two of the main causes behind climate change - carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4). Scientists describe how they created an advanced nickel-based catalyst strengthened with tin and ceria, and used it to ...

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Research from poor countries deserves a fairer hearing

14-Nov-2017

Academia could be overlooking new ideas from low income nations without realising it, suggests an Imperial College London researcher. Dr Matthew Harris, from Imperial’s School of Public Health and Institute of Global Health Innovation, discusses how unconscious bias could be keeping developed and ...

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Ethical sourcing of materials for modern technology

13-Nov-2017

Researchers from the Camborne School of Mines have identified methods to predict the environmental and social cost of resourcing new deposits of rare earth minerals used in the production of mobile phones, wind turbines and electric vehicles. The team are pioneering techniques to develop the ...

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Drinking glasses can contain potentially harmful levels of lead and cadmium

07-Nov-2017

Enamelled drinking glasses and popular merchandise can contain potentially toxic levels of lead and cadmium, a study has shown. Researchers at the University of Plymouth carried out 197 tests on 72 new and second-hand drinking glass products, including tumblers, beer and wine glasses, and ...

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