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Alexander Beadle

Alexander Beadle is a science writer and editor for Technology Networks. Before this, he worked as a freelance science writer, writing features and reporting on breaking news in materials science, environmental science and drug research. Alexander holds an MChem in Materials Chemistry from the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

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Batteries Research: Investment & Innovation

Batteries Research: Investment & Innovation

Download this infographic to explore the foundational principles of battery science and the current state of investment in battery research projects.
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Sustainable Semiconductors Made From Birch Leaves

By pressure-cooking birch leaves, researchers can produce quantum dots with favorable enough optical properties to replace some of the rarer elements used in semiconductors for optoelectronics, a new study suggests.
A stick-and-ball model of a fullerene compound

All-Metal Fullerene Molecule Synthesized for the First Time

In a world-first, researchers have created a fullerene-like molecule composed entirely of metal atoms.
A close-up side-on photo of a woman's mouth, wearing red lipstick.

New Microgel Lubricant Could Provide Relief From Dry Mouth

A novel aqueous lubricant can be used as a saliva substitute to combat the effects of xerostomia, also known as dry mouth.
People standing at the edge of a bonfire, giving off yellow sparks and purple smoke.

400-Year-Old Purple Explosive Smoke Mystery Solved

More than 400 years after the invention of “fulminating gold” explosives, scientists finally have an answer for why these compounds produce their iconic purple smoke.
Lava erupting from an active volcano in Iceland.

Iron Oxide May Explain Mysterious Anomalies Under the Earth’s Surface

Ultra low velocity zones (ULVZs) are strange regions deep under the Earth's surface where seismic waves travel slower than normal. High iron levels have been suggested as one explanation for these zones, with a new study lending extra support to this theory.
Colored nanoparticles under a microscope.

Nanoplastics Create an Environment for Parkinson’s To Develop, Study Suggests

The way in which nanoplastics and a specific brain protein, α-synuclein, interact could create changes in the body that give rise to Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other related dementias, a new study suggests.
A white electric car plugged into a charging station.

“Cooperative” Behavior in Electrolytes Can Significantly Boost Battery Performance

"Cooperative” behavior between complex mixtures in battery electrolytes could provide a new blueprint for future battery design, enabling the wider development of multivalent batteries.
The corner of a mid-rise apartment building, as seen from the ground. There is a shaded balcony and many visible windowpanes.

“Cooling Glass” Tackles Heat Without Air Conditioning

Researchers have developed a new microporous glass coating that can cool indoor temperatures without using electricity. The new technology could lower a mid-rise apartment building’s annual carbon emissions by up to 10%.
A male Ornate Boxfish (Aracana ornata)

New Theory Could Explain How Animals Get Their Stripes

The same physical process that helps to remove dirt from laundry could explain how tropical fish and other patterned animals get their spots, according to new research.