Blogs

How can we distribute electricity more efficiently?

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Magnesium diboride superconducting cables! A new superconducting prototype cable has been developed to aim to create superconducting transmission lines for improved efficiency and less of an environmental impact for the electricity grid. To meet future energy demands, all the electricity grids throughout Europe will need to be upgraded and expanded for higher transmission capacity. For […]

Chemistry

Carbyne: Officially the strongest material in the world

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Scientists in Vienna have successfully created a stable form of carbyne, the world’s strongest material. Carbyne is a linear acetylenic carbon – an infinitely long carbon chain. It can be considered as a one-dimensional allotrope of carbon. Carbyne has a chemical structure with alternating single and triple bonds: (−C≡C−)n. This structure of carbon gives an […]

Biology

The Dinosaur Barely Bigger than your Ruler: an Introduction to Liaoningosaurus

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Meet Liaoningosaurus paradoxus. This bizarre animal was an ankylosaur, and so related to the more commonly known Ankylosaurus. Ankylosaurs are famous for being covered in armour and possessing clubbed tails. However, first named and described in 2001, Liaoningosaurus was no ordinary ankylosaur. The initial description of the creature found that it had long legs and feet, and also […]