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Transparent solar technology represents 'wave of the future'

Added: 23.10.2017 12:35 | 0 views | 0 comments

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See-through solar materials that can be applied to windows represent a massive source of untapped energy and could harvest as much power as bigger, bulkier rooftop solar units, scientists report.

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Single cell level sorting technology uses sound waves

Added: 18.10.2017 14:32 | 2 views | 0 comments

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Researchers have developed a highly accurate single cell sorting technology using focused sound waves. This new technology enables rapid and accurate isolation of single cells from complex biological samples, which will facilitate the broad application of single cell analysis toward precision medicine.

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Missing link between new topological phases of matter discovered

Added: 18.10.2017 10:30 | 0 views | 0 comments

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Physicists have investigated a class of materials that exhibit characteristics of topological insulators. During these studies they discovered a transition between two different topological phases, one of which is ferroelectric.

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New techniques boost performance of non-volatile memory systems

Added: 17.10.2017 15:33 | 1 views | 0 comments

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Computer engineering researchers have developed new software and hardware designs that should limit programming errors and improve system performance in devices that use non-volatile memory technologies.

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Scientists create most powerful micro-scale bio-solar cell yet

Added: 17.10.2017 15:33 | 0 views | 0 comments

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Researchers have created a micro-scale biological solar cell that generates a higher power density for longer than any existing cell of its kind.

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A new way to harness wasted methane

Added: 17.10.2017 11:43 | 3 views | 0 comments

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Scientists have identified a process that could be used to harness methane that is now wasted by being burned off at wellheads.

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Chemical treatment improves quantum dot lasers

Added: 16.10.2017 13:26 | 5 views | 0 comments

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One of the secrets to making tiny laser devices such as opthalmic surgery scalpels work even more efficiently is the use of tiny semiconductor particles, called quantum dots. In new research the ~nanometer-sized dots are being doctored, or 'doped,' with additional electrons, a treatment that nudges the dots ever closer to producing the desired laser light with less stimulation and energy loss.

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Spin current detection in quantum materials unlocks potential for alternative electronics

Added: 13.10.2017 12:31 | 1 views | 0 comments

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A new method that precisely measures the mysterious behavior and magnetic properties of electrons flowing across the surface of quantum materials could open a path to next-generation electronics. A team of scientists has developed an innovative microscopy technique to detect the spin of electrons in topological insulators, a new kind of quantum material that could be used in applications such as spintronics and quantum computing.

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Analysis: Metal supplies unlikely to seriously hamper battery use

Added: 13.10.2017 11:26 | 1 views | 0 comments

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Researchers have found that supplies of raw materials are unlikely to limit increased production of lithium-ion batteries, although they could pose temporary bottlenecks.

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Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water, electricity

Added: 12.10.2017 20:02 | 1 views | 0 comments

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Researchers have determined how electrocatalysts can convert carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water and electricity. The discovery can lead to the development of efficient electrocatalysts for large scale production of synthesis gas -- a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen.

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Finally! A solution to office thermostat wars

Added: 12.10.2017 16:40 | 9 views | 0 comments

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A new method has been proposed that simultaneously optimizes individual office workers' productivity and energy consumption costs by automating the control of indoor environmental conditions including air quality, temperature and lighting.

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Organic/inorganic sulfur may be key for safe rechargeable lithium batteries

Added: 12.10.2017 16:29 | 1 views | 0 comments


We have come a long way from leaky sulfur-acid automobile batteries, but modern lithium batteries still have some down sides. Now a team of engineers has a different type of lithium sulfur battery that could be more efficient, less expensive and safer.

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A new miniature solution for storing renewable energy

Added: 12.10.2017 10:38 | 9 views | 0 comments

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In a first for metal-organic frameworks, scientists have demonstrated their metallic conductivity.

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Electric cars can become more eco-friendly through life cycle assessment

Added: 12.10.2017 9:09 | 1 views | 0 comments

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It is time to stop discussing whether electric cars are good or bad. Instead industry, authorities and policy-makers need to work together to make them as eco-friendly as possible. One researcher now provides concrete advice and tools showing how life cycle assessment can assist in the development of electric cars.

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Injecting electrons jolts 2-D structure into new atomic pattern

Added: 11.10.2017 13:17 | 1 views | 0 comments


The same electrostatic charge that can make hair stand on end and attach balloons to clothing could be an efficient way to drive atomically thin electronic memory devices of the future, according to a new study. Scientists have found a way to reversibly change the atomic structure of a 2-D material by injecting it with electrons. The process uses far less energy than current methods for changing the configuration of a material's structure.

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Ceramic pump moves molten metal at a record 1,400 degrees Celsius

Added: 11.10.2017 13:17 | 2 views | 0 comments

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A ceramic-based mechanical pump able to operate at record temperatures of more than 1,400 degrees Celsius (1,673 Kelvin) can transfer high temperature liquids such as molten tin, enabling a new generation of energy conversion and storage systems.

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Storage is renewable energy's greatest challenge -- this low-cost sulfur battery may help

Added: 11.10.2017 12:38 | 1 views | 0 comments

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Motivated by the challenge to drastically reduce the cost of storing renewable energy on the grid while capturing more of it, a group of scientists has developed a battery powered by sulfur, air, water, and salt -- all readily available materials -- that is nearly 100 times less expensive to produce than batteries currently on the market and can store twice as much energy as a lead-acid battery. The inventors present their prototype in Joule.

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Mimicking two natural energy processes with a single catalyst

Added: 11.10.2017 10:07 | 4 views | 0 comments

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Researchers take inspiration from natural chemical processes based on hydrogenase and photosystem II, to produce a single metal catalyst with both fuel cell and solar cell functionalities. The combination of these two processes into one system suggests great potential for biologically inspired energy generation technologies.

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Building a barrier against oxidation

Added: 09.10.2017 16:11 | 10 views | 0 comments

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Chemically stabilizing atomically flat materials improves their potential for commercial application, report scientists.

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Huge energy potential in open ocean wind farms in the North Atlantic

Added: 09.10.2017 15:49 | 3 views | 0 comments

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Because wind speeds are higher on average over ocean than over land, wind turbines in the open ocean could in theory intercept more than five times as much energy as wind turbines over land. This presents an enticing opportunity for generating renewable energy through wind turbines. But it was unknown whether the faster ocean winds could actually be converted to increased amounts of electricity.

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