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Engineering atoms inside the jet engine

June 29, 2015 11:43 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

The Periodic Table may not sound like a list of ingredients but, for a group of materials scientists, it’s the starting point for designing the perfect chemical make-up of tomorrow’s jet engines...

Hyundai sees green future in hydrogen-powered cars

June 29, 2015 11:19 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hyundai Motor Co. said Monday it believes hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are the future for eco-...

Economic officials say Tesla Factory will open in a year

June 26, 2015 2:04 pm | by Riley Snyder, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada economic officials say work on a massive Tesla Motors battery factory east of Reno is...

Design to improve material properties of sodium-ion batteries

June 26, 2015 2:01 pm | by Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) | News | Comments

In collaboration with the Institute of Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, ANSTO...

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Researchers designing nuclear power plant that will float eight or more miles out to sea

June 25, 2015 12:14 pm | by Nancy W. Stauffer, MIT Energy Initiative | News | Comments

Many experts cite nuclear power as a critical component of a low-carbon energy future. Nuclear plants are steady, reliable sources of large amounts of power; they run on inexpensive and abundant fuel; and they emit no carbon dioxide (CO2)...

Thin crystal stretched to get better solar cells

June 25, 2015 11:56 am | by Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

Nature loves crystals. Salt, snowflakes and quartz are three examples of crystals - materials characterized by the lattice-like arrangement of their atoms and molecules...

Analyzing ocean mixing reveals insight on climate

June 25, 2015 9:39 am | by DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a computer model that clarifies the complex processes driving ocean mixing in the vast eddies that swirl across hundreds of miles of open ocean...


House votes to block Obama's climate plan amid veto threat

June 25, 2015 9:12 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House approved a plan Wednesday to block a key element of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting climate change...

An (environmentally-friendly) biomanufacturing method for CdS quantum dots

June 24, 2015 9:44 am | by Lehigh University | News | Comments

A team of Lehigh University engineers have demonstrated a bacterial method for the low-cost, environmentally friendly synthesis of aqueous soluble quantum dot (QD) nanocrystals at room temperature...

Can heat be controlled as waves?

June 23, 2015 12:33 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A growing interest in thermoelectric materials – which convert waste heat to electricity – and pressure to improve heat transfer from increasingly powerful microelectronic devices have led to improved theoretical and experimental understanding of how heat is transported through nanometer-scale materials...

New manufacturing approach slices lithium-ion battery cost in half

June 23, 2015 12:29 pm | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

An advanced manufacturing approach for lithium-ion batteries, developed by researchers at MIT and at a spinoff company called 24M, promises to significantly slash the cost of the most widely used type of rechargeable batteries while also improving their performance and making them easier to recycle...

New formula expected to spur advances in clean energy generation

June 23, 2015 12:16 pm | by University of Houston | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Houston have devised a new formula for calculating the maximum efficiency of thermoelectric materials, the first new formula in more than a half-century, designed to speed up the development of new materials suitable for practical use...


Single-catalyst water splitter produces clean-burning hydrogen 24/7

June 23, 2015 12:10 pm | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Stanford University scientists have invented a low-cost water splitter that uses a single catalyst to produce both hydrogen and oxygen gas 24 hours a day, seven days a week...

Russia's renewable energy policy: Profitable for investors

June 23, 2015 12:05 pm | by Lappeenranta University of Technology | News | Comments

In 2013, Russia implemented an incentive system for renewable energy sources that is based on the wholesale electricity capacity mechanism...

Top doctors' prescription for feverish planet: Cut out coal

June 23, 2015 9:30 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Some top international doctors and public health experts have issued an urgent prescription for a feverish planet Earth: Get off coal as soon as possible...

New spin on 'silicon valleytronics' could revolutionize future technologies

June 22, 2015 2:39 pm | by University of Bath | News | Comments

Latest research from scientists from our Department of Physics into cutting-edge ‘spin physics’ could herald the arrival of a revolutionary new technology – ‘valleytronics’...

U.S. proposes tougher fuel-efficiency standards for trucks

June 22, 2015 2:17 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration on Friday proposed tough new standards to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide pollution from trucks and vans, the latest move by President Barack Obama to address global warming...


Could we one day control the path of lightning?

June 22, 2015 2:05 pm | by Institut national de la recherche scientifique - INRS | News | Comments

Lightning dart across the sky in a flash. And even though we can use lightning rods to increase the probability of it striking at a specific location, its exact path remains unpredictable...

New technique for 'seeing' ions at work in a supercapacitor

June 22, 2015 2:00 pm | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Cambridge, together with French collaborators based in Toulouse, have developed a new method to see inside battery-like devices known as supercapacitors at the atomic level...

Silent flights: How owls could help make wind turbines and planes quieter

June 22, 2015 9:55 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

An investigation into how owls fly and hunt in silence has enabled researchers to develop a prototype coating for wind turbine blades that could significantly reduce the amount of noise they make.

How the smart grid will impact IoT

June 19, 2015 2:52 pm | by Steven Collier Chairman, IEEE Smart Grid Education Committee Director, Smart Grid Strategies, Milsoft Utility Solutions | Blogs | Comments

Not only will a modern, intelligent grid for the 21st century require the capabilities offered only by the Internet of Things (IoT), but it can be so much more than we imagine because of it....

First solar cell made of highly ordered molecular frameworks

June 19, 2015 11:58 am | by Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) | News | Comments

"We have opened the door to a new room," says Professor Christof Wöll, Director of KIT Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG). "This new application of metal-organic framework compounds is the beginning only...

Chemists devise technology that could transform solar energy storage

June 19, 2015 10:58 am | by University of California, Los Angeles | News | Comments

The materials in most of today's residential rooftop solar panels can store energy from the sun for only a few microseconds at a time. A new technology developed by chemists at UCLA is capable of storing solar energy for up to several weeks..

X-Ray imaging reveals secrets in battery materials

June 18, 2015 2:33 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

In a new study, researchers explain why one particular cathode material works well at high voltages, while most other cathodes do not. The insights, published in the 19 June issue of the journal Science, could help battery developers design rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that operate at higher voltages...

Solar plane, ready to go, waiting out weather front in Japan

June 18, 2015 10:26 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, Associated Press | News | Comments

The pilot of a solar-powered plane that made an unplanned stop in Japan says his aircraft is now ready to fly but must wait out unfavorable weather, perhaps for up to two months. Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg said Thursday that it could take weeks for...

Finding a way to prevent fires in next-gen Lithium batteries

June 17, 2015 2:03 pm | by DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory | News | Comments

In a study that could improve the safety of next-generation batteries, researchers discovered that adding two chemicals to the electrolyte of a lithium metal battery prevents the formation of dendrites - "fingers" of lithium that pierce the barrier between the battery's halves, causing it to short out, overheat and sometimes burst into flame...

LEDs send the bulb's classic shape the way of the LP

June 17, 2015 10:30 am | by GE Reports Staff | News | Comments

The iconic shape of the light bulb has become the universal symbol for bright ideas ever since Thomas Edison patented the first one 135 years ago. But nothing lasts forever...

Renewable energy from evaporating water

June 16, 2015 12:18 pm | by Columbia University | News | Comments

An immensely powerful yet invisible force pulls water from the earth to the top of the tallest redwood and delivers snow to the tops of the Himalayas. Yet despite the power of evaporating water, its potential to propel self-sufficient devices or produce electricity has remained largely untapped -- until now...

Key to quick battery charging time

June 16, 2015 9:23 am | by University of Tokyo | News | Comments

University of Tokyo researchers have discovered the structure and transport properties of the "intermediate state" in lithium-ion batteries - key to understanding the mechanisms of charge and discharge in rechargeable batteries. These findings may help...

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