Editors’ Picks

Mangroves endangered by low functional diversity of invertebrates

Mangroves endangered by low functional diversity of invertebrates

Marine ecologists from the University of Hong Kong have discovered that mangroves may be at risk by the low functional diversity of invertebrates.
Building next-generation batteries for electric vehicles

Building next-generation batteries for electric vehicles

£10m funding has been announced for 17 projects to develop next-generation batteries for electric vehicles, making them safer, cheaper, faster-charging and more recyclable.
northern white rhino

BioRescue moves closer to saving northern white rhino from extinction

The BioRescue Project has announced a significant development in stopping the extinction of severely endangered the northern white rhino.
Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto invest $2.4bn into the world’s largest greenfield lithium project

Global mining industry experts Rio Tinto have pledged $2.4bn into one of the world’s largest greenfield lithium projects.

Publication

The Innovation Platform Issue 6

Research & Discovery

Groundbreaking steps towards achieving a quantum refrigerator

Researchers have moved closer towards accomplishing a quantum refrigerator with the invention of a novel cooling concept; computer simulations indicate that quantum fields could be utilised to break low-temperature records.

Novel exotic hadron discovered by researchers at CERN’s LHCb

With the help of the LHCb at CERN, researchers have detected a new exotic hadron that comprises two charm quarks and an up and down antiquark.

Enhancing food preservation with mango-based bioplastic

Researchers have created a bioplastic comprised of nanofibrillated cellulose and mango leaf in an effort to improve food preservation.

Novel development of technology for thermal-imaging sensors

New technology for inexpensive thermal-imaging sensors that function at temperatures as high as 100°C have been developed for applications such as smartphones and autonomous vehicles. 

Sustainable Planet

£40m in funding for boosting green jobs and nature recovery in the UK

Projects have received a total of £40m in grants to facilitate 2,500 green jobs, plant nearly one million trees and boost the UK's nature recovery.

Developing organic nitrogen fertiliser to enhance agriculture production

Researchers from Flinders University are investigating organic nitrogen fertiliser to return nitrogen to soil without the need for chemicals.

The impact of transport automation on sustainability efforts

Discussing the wider implications of transport automation on factors such as infrastructure development and human and environmental impact.

Monitoring ocean environments with microsensor technologies

Monitoring Earth’s oceans will soon be attainable with the development of groundbreaking microsensor technologies from TechOceanS.

Energy

Britishvolt conduct groundbreaking ceremony at Gigaplant site

The development of the UK’s first-ever full-scale lithium-ion Gigaplant has commenced as Britishvolt completed their groundbreaking ceremony.

Britishvolt announce construction of the first UK lithium-ion Gigaplant

Britishvolt – a pioneer of the battery industry – has received approval for building the UK’s first full-scale lithium-ion Gigaplant.

Avalon Advanced Materials Inc.: Critical minerals for clean technology

President and CEO of Avalon Advanced Materials Inc., Donald Bubar, discusses the company’s strategy to sustainably produce critical minerals.

Realising a decarbonised Earth with collective battery storage

A novel study has highlighted that a collective battery storage system in communities may significantly help achieve a decarbonised planet.

Digital Technology

US Army researchers enhance vehicle cybersecurity with machine-learning

Researchers have developed an innovative machine learning technique that provides significantly more robust cybersecurity for vehicles.

New wireless charging device re-energises several appliances at once

The advancement of a novel transmitter may potentially revolutionise wireless charging by re-energising multiple devices simultaneously.

Cybercrime study reveals rise in incidents during COVID-19 pandemic

A study has discovered that cybercrime has been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the need for robust cybersecurity.

Advancements in solid-state-based quantum computer development 

Researchers have made significant progress in developing stable European industry-scale fabrication value chains for solid-state-based quantum computer development. 

Space

Investigation reveals water vapour in atmosphere of Jupiter’s moon

A team of scientists has identified that the atmosphere of Jupiter’s moon Ganymede is comprised of a considerable amount of water vapour.

Understanding the processes behind magnetic braking in middle-aged stars

Research conducted by the Royal Astronomical Society has shed light on the phenomena of magnetic braking in stars and the implications for our own stellar neighbourhood.

Solving the mystery of planet formation in a binary star system

A team of astronomers has produced the most accurate model to date of how planet formation occurs in a binary star system.

GLOSTAR survey uncovers new star formation in the Milky Way

A team of astronomers conducting a GLOSTAR survey have revealed tracers of a massive, undiscovered star formation in the Milky Way.

Special Reports

Floating offshore wind energy opens up an ocean of possibilities

Dr Axelle Viré, Associate Professor at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), discusses the opportunities and challenges brought by floating offshore wind farms. Existing large-scale...

Unravelling the mysteries of the unknown and dark Universe

The Center for Cosmology at the University of California, Irvine, is on the frontier of discoveries of the nature of our cosmos – such...

Surveying new skies with the James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope will revolutionise our understanding of the atmospheres of planets found orbiting other stars. Since the first detection of a planet...

Understanding solar neutrinos and the primordial Sun

Professor Wick Haxton from the University of California Berkeley discusses neutrino experiments past and present and explains how solar neutrinos may also come to...

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