Think You Knew How Water Boils? Turns Out, You Don’t!

While boiling water is perhaps the simplest process known to humans, turns out that we don’t understand it completely. Some scientific gaps in the process of boiling water leaves room for boosting efficiency of nuclear power plants by 20%.A study published in the journal Physical Review Letters sheds light on the dynamics of heat transfer while boiling water. Mattero Bucci, assistant professor of nuclear engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Transparent Wood Gives a New Meaning to Energy Efficiency

Wood may seem old-school in the era of glass and steel construction. However, a key innovation in transparent wood is on the horizon. This new modified material will revolutionize the concept of energy efficient homes. Transparent wood, or nanocrystalline cellulose, is produced using processed wood pulp. This material is optically transparent and has high transmittance (nearly 85%). Researchers first developed this material at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm,

Yes, Stars Reflect Light Too!

Astronomy teaches us that celestial bodies like the sun and stars give off their own light. Other bodies like planets or the moon are visible as they reflect sun’s light. But little did we realize that stars reflect some of the light that falls on them too. The fact that all bodies reflect some light is an established phenomenon in physics. However, how stars reflect light is surprisingly under-examined. This

New Recycled Tyres to Improve Concrete Resistance from Fire

According to a recent study, a new way could help protect concrete from fire damage. This is done using recycled material of old tyres. Scientists at University of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, find out in their research. The fibre from textile reinforcement were the raw material for the research. They are commonly used to improve performance of tyres. Upon adding these fibres to the concrete mix, test results shows that

Invisible Plastic Made Possible with Use of Antireflection Coating

Antireflection (AR) coatings have a variety of practical uses, including glare reduction in eyeglasses, computer monitors and outdoor displays on your smartphone. Researchers at the University of Penn have now developed an antireflection coating to improve existing coatings to virtually invisible transparent plastics like Plexiglas. The approach involved focusing light on small, highly efficient plastic solar cells while reducing their loss of reflection. Their anti-reflection layer worked well over the

A Newly Found Internal Structure of Corn Could Help to Improve Production of Ethanol

New research in the US’s important plant – corn – has observed varied internal structures. These structures will likely to help for optimizing conversion process of the corn into ethanol. The economy of the country majorly depends upon the ethanol, but, the researchers haven’t explored the internal structure of the corn. Tuo Wang, Assistant Professor at LSU Department of Chemistry said that almost gasoline contains 10% of the ethanol. In

A New Machine Learning Method for Identifying Fake Honey

A researcher’s team at Imperial College London and UCL has developed a method for authenticating machine learning. This technique that can detect mislabelled honey was published in the paper published on the arXiv. Honey is one of the fabricated food products that can be mislabelled and can lead to selling wrong products or diluted product. Gerard Glowacki, one of the researchers said that honey plant-derived product, which contains different pollens.

New Floodplain Zoning Developed that Processes Topographic Datasets in Minutes

Enrique Vivoni, a hydrologist from the School of Earth and Space Exploration and ASU professor has come up with a first exhaustive high-resolution map of Earth’s floodplain. A team of scientists has also accompanied them in carrying out this study. Floodplains play a crucial role in economic activities, population centers, and transportation; therefore, it is essential to identify their extents. This new Earth’s floodplains one can categorize the human footprint