Innovation of the Week

Could This New Material Help Solve Australia’s Bushfires?

Professor Michael Zaworotko, Bernal Chair of Crystal Engineering and Science Foundation of Ireland Research Professor at University of Limerick’s Bernal Institute, has developed the crystalline material after decades of research Pic Sean Curtin Photo.

After the hottest and driest year on record, Australia faced a bushfire crisis in late 2019 that burned approximately 25 million acres of land across the country. Dozens of people died and millions of animals perished due to the blazes, the extreme drought and the searing temperatures. Australia’s bushfire tragedy and countless other incidents of …

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Launch of the world’s first ‘human detector’ to protect homeless people sleeping in bins

A waste management company has developed a device to help protect homeless people who seek shelter inside industrial bins from harm.

A waste management company has developed a device to help protect homeless people who seek shelter inside industrial bins from harm. As temperatures drop across the country, waste containers become increasingly important refuges for rough sleepers, of which there are currently 320,000 in the UK, according to the latest research by Shelter. While finding people …

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New Uses for Irish Whiskey in High-Quality Graphene Production

In an unlikely marriage of science, researchers have found a way to produce high-quality graphene using Irish whiskey. You would think a team of researchers turning to drink would mean bad news for science, but in fact it is leading to some exciting developments in the field of materials science. Researchers from the SFI Advanced …

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Pure Water and Electricity From New Solar Panel Device

Researchers from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia have invented a device that can produce solar electricity while simultaneously purifying water. Writing in the journal Nature Communications, Professor Peng Wang explains how the device can distil potable water without compromising electricity generation performance. It does this by using the waste heat from a photovoltaic …

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