Today’s Solutions: May 22, 2024

Dirty Dusty Solar Panels with Text Clean Me Please

This ultra-thin coating can make solar panels self-cleaning

Solar panels cannot perform successfully if they are caked in filth, yet cleaning them on a regular basis can be time-consuming. Luckily, engineers in Germany are on the case and have created an ultra-thin coating that can self-clean solar panels and other surfaces. Solar is the most important Read More...

Beautiful turquoise lake in the Swiss Alps

Switzerland built a huge water battery to store surplus energy

Switzerland is famous for hosting a number of scientific and engineering marvels, such as the Large Hadron Collider. Now, engineers in Switzerland have achieved an incredible feat — building the world’s largest water battery. Located in the Swiss Alps, in a subterranean cavern in the Canton of Read More...

Oreo Cookies isolated on white background. Consisting of two chocolate wafers with a sweet cream filling in between.

Why does the cream in an Oreo always stick to one side?

Most of us are familiar with the delicious treat that is an Oreo. The two chocolate wafers between their silky cream filling make the perfect treat to dip in a glass of milk. Although, we can guess most of you will not know that when you twist an Oreo to get to the creamy center, you are carrying Read More...

James Dyson Award

The James Dyson Award: a call to young inventors

The Optimist Daily has written about many winners of the James Dyson Award. This is an international design award that celebrates, encourages, and inspires the next generation of design engineers. It is open to current and recent design engineering students and is run by the James Dyson Foundation, Read More...

Scientists mix old tires and c

Scientists mix old tires and construction waste to make sustainable roads

Construction, renovation, and demolition account for about half the waste produced annually worldwide, while around 1 billion scrap tires are generated globally each year. The two issues may not seem to have a direct link with one another, but scientists in Australia have blended the two sources of Read More...