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Clean energy future: New cheap and efficient electrode for splitting water

March 19, 2015 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

UNSW Australia scientists have developed a highly efficient oxygen-producing electrode for splitting water that has the potential to be scaled up for industrial production of the clean energy fuel, hydrogen. The new technology is based on an inexpensive, specially coated ...

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Imperfect graphene opens door to better fuel cells

March 19, 2015 1:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The honeycomb structure of pristine graphene is beautiful, but Northwestern University scientists, together with collaborators from five other institutions, have discovered that if the graphene naturally has a few tiny holes in it, you have a proton-selective membrane that could ...

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Hidden benefits of electric vehicles revealed

March 19, 2015 12:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Electric vehicles are cool, research shows. Literally. A study in this week's Scientific Reports by researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) and in China add more fuel to the already hot debate about whether electric vehicles ...

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Chemistry research holds great promise for advancing sustainable energy

March 19, 2015 12:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New research published by Rutgers University chemists has documented significant progress confronting one of the main challenges inhibiting widespread utilization of sustainable power: Creating a cost-effective process to store energy so it can be used later....

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Towards 'printed' organic solar cells and LEDs

March 18, 2015 2:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In order to make solar energy widely affordable scientists and engineers all over the world are looking for low-cost production technologies. Flexible organic solar cells have a huge potential in this regard....

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Could your email address keep job recruiters from reading your online resume?

March 18, 2015 2:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Job recruiters may review hundreds of online resumes for a position, often screening them quickly and discarding those that are not appropriate. An applicant's email address can greatly impact first impressions....

Electronic waste has energy value

March 18, 2015 2:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Using discarded electronic boards, the UPV/EHU researcher Andoni Salbidegoitia has, in collaboration with international researchers, developed a system for obtaining clean hydrogen that can be used as fuel.

An improved method for coating gold nanorods

March 18, 2015 2:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers have fine-tuned a technique for coating gold nanorods with silica shells, allowing engineers to create large quantities of the nanorods and giving them more control over the thickness of the shell.

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New optical materials break digital connectivity barriers

March 18, 2015 2:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

From computers, tablets, and smartphones to cars, homes, and public transportation, our world is more digitally connected every day. The technology required to support the exchange of massive quantities of data is critical.

Coffee and code: Software giant opens Silicon Valley cafe

March 18, 2015 12:55 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Silicon Valley has no shortage of coffee shops where sleep-starved programmers and eager entrepreneurs sit hunched over laptop computers and talk about ideas for launching the next Google or Facebook....

Facebook explains what posts are not allowed on its network

March 18, 2015 12:51 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Facebook is trying to clarify what posts, images and other content it allows on its site and why. In an update to its community standards page, the world's largest online social network gave users more guidance on why ...

Google's moonshots, gender bias at South by Southwest

March 18, 2015 12:44 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Music flooded into the streets around Austin's convention center as South by Southwest's music festival kicked off and the interactive portion wrapped up. The head of Google's (X) division talked about testing driverless cars ...

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'Distracted driving' at an all-time high; new approaches needed

March 18, 2015 12:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Young, inexperienced drivers have always gotten into more automobile accidents, but if you add in a lot of distractions, it's a recipe for disaster - and a new Pacific Northwest research program is learning more about these risks while identifying ...

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Nanospheres cooled with light to explore the limits of quantum physics

March 17, 2015 10:45 am | by University College London | Comments

A team of scientists at UCL led by Peter Barker and Tania Monteiro (UCL Physics and Astronomy) has developed a new technology which could one day create quantum phenomena in objects far larger than any achieved so far.

Solar could meet California energy demand 3 to 5 times over

March 17, 2015 10:42 am | by Carnegie Institution | Comments

In the face of global climate change, increasing the use of renewable energy resources is one of the most urgent challenges facing the world.

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