New £1.49 million project to research nuclear decontamination robots

Scientists from Lancaster and Manchester Universities are to investigate the best way to use robots to help clean up radioactivity with a £1.49 million grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UKRI.

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Professor Qingwei Ma seeks to unlock the potential of marine wave energy

The City, University of London academic will lead on the development of a new generation modelling suite, combining machine learning techniques, for the survivability of wave energy converters in marine environments

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Scientists identify virus-cell interaction that may explain COVID-19’s high infection rate

Lehigh researchers quantify the specific interaction between the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — with the ACE2 receptors in human cells that may partially explain its high infection rate compared to SARS-CoV-1

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New research: Photovoltaics can make the world fossil-free faster than expected

Limitations in models used by the IPCC in its calculations of possible pathways to climate-neutral energy production suggests that the potentials of solar photovoltaics as a powerhouse in the green transition have been drastically underestimated.

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The race is on, but cooling industry needs to accelerate net zero efforts

First-ever report shows cooling industry slow to join race to net zero emissions; New tools released to support industry to join the race to zero; Major cooling industry player Johnson Controls reinforces commitment to net zero cooling

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Expressing some doubts about android faces

Researchers at Osaka University study the expressiveness of android faces using motion capture cameras and identify ways in which they still lack the complexity of real human reactions, which may help guide future robot design

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Big breakthrough for ‘massless’ energy storage

Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology have produced a structural battery that performs ten times better than all previous versions. It contains carbon fibre that serves simultaneously as an electrode, conductor, and load-bearing material.

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Top electronics brands, global organizations launch alliance for circular electronics

Top electronics brands join new alliance to set shared vision for circular economy for electronics; release roadmap, vision on how to accelerate the circular transition

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Engineers propose solar-powered lunar ark as ‘modern global insurance policy’

The ambitious project proposed by a University of Arizona team aims to preserve humankind – and animal-kind, plant-kind and fungi-kind – in the event of a global crisis

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WE-TRANSFORM: Artificial and collective intelligence for the impact of automation

A European Horizon 2020 project coordinated by Professor Cristina Pronello of the Politecnico di Torino, brings together 34 partners around the world to find concrete solutions to the changing demand for skills in the work

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