Plant Dye Purpurin Creates Eco-Friendly Battery

Plant Dye Purpurin Creates Eco-Friendly Battery

Purpurin (1,2,4-Trihydroxyanthraquinon), a nontoxic dye used to color fabric in vivid oranges, reds, and pinks, could also be used to create eco-friendly, sustainable, lithium-ion batteries.

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Liquid Metal Used in Ultra-Stretchable Conducting Wires

(A) Original length. (B) Stretched out wire. Credit: Zhu, S., So, J.-H., Mays, R., Desai, S., Barnes, W. R., Pourdeyhimi, B. and Dickey, M. D. (2012),  Adv. Funct. Mater. doi: 10.1002/adfm.201202405

Researchers at the North Carolina State University have created conductive wires that are made out of liquid metal, with the ability to stretch eight times their original length, without compromising their basic functionality. These wires could be used in headphones as well as phone chargers.

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Stanford’s Self-Healing Plastic Skin Could Lead to Improved Prosthetics

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Researchers in California have developed a synthetic version of skin that’s flexible, electrically conductive, and self-healing.

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New Desalination Membrane Technology Promises to Be More Efficient

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This year, more than a third of the world will suffer from shortages of potable water. This number is expected to rise by 50% by 2025 and that’s one of the reasons why the desalination techniques of seawater are so important, because they will allow coastal communities to address local shortfalls.

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