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Mysteries of a promising spintronic material revealed

Added: 16.01.2018 11:11 | 0 views | 0 comments

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Researchers have used an unconventional approach to determine the strength of the electron spin interactions with the optical phonons in antiferromagnetic nickel oxide (NiO) crystals.

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Pulses of light to encrypt data and protect security of cryptocurrencies

Added: 15.01.2018 0:24 | 1 views | 0 comments

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Data travels through thousands of miles of fiber optic cables underneath the world's oceans -- via pulses of light. And according to experts, the data in these cables is at great risk of being intercepted. However, a newly designed frequency comb might be an effective tool for data encryption.

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Harnessing the power of algae: New, greener fuel cells move step closer to reality

Added: 14.01.2018 17:27 | 1 views | 0 comments

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A new design of algae-powered fuel cells that is five times more efficient than existing plant and algal models, as well as being potentially more cost-effective to produce and practical to use, has been developed.

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Surprising discovery could lead to better batteries

Added: 12.01.2018 15:12 | 4 views | 0 comments

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Scientists have observed the concentration of lithium inside individual nanoparticles reverse at a certain point, instead of constantly increasing. This discovery is a major step toward improving the battery life of consumer electronics.

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New materials being developed to prevent wind turbine damage

Added: 11.01.2018 23:24 | 2 views | 0 comments

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Researchers in Spain are developing new materials that will make wind turbines more resistant to the extreme climate conditions they have to withstand.

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The atomic dynamics of rare everlasting electric fields

Added: 10.01.2018 11:29 | 4 views | 0 comments

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Researchers have discovered the atomic mechanisms that give the unusual material yttrium manganite its rare magnetic and electric properties. All it took was ricocheting neutrons off the atoms of a sample of the material heated to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

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A water-based, rechargeable battery

Added: 09.01.2018 13:27 | 4 views | 0 comments

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In the quest to find safe, low-cost batteries for the future, eventually we have to ask ourselves a question: Why not simply use water as an electrolyte? Water is cheap, in abundant supply, doesn’t burn and can conduct ions. But it has one major drawback: It is only chemically stable up to a voltage of 1.23 volts. In other words, a water cell provides three times less voltage than a customary lithium ion cell with 3.7 volts, which makes it poorly suited for applications in an electric car. A cost-effective, water-based battery, however, could be extremely interesting for stationary electricity storage applications.

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Sun, wind, and power trading

Added: 09.01.2018 10:28 | 2 views | 0 comments

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The use of renewables like the sun and wind can cause fluctuations in power grids. But what impact do these fluctuations have on security of supply? To answer this question, scientists analyzed different types of fluctuations in several power grids in Europe, Japan, and the USA -- and came to surprising conclusions.

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Water-based, eco-friendly and energy-saving air-conditioner

Added: 08.01.2018 13:32 | 4 views | 0 comments

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A team of researchers has pioneered a new water-based air-conditioning system that cools air to as low as 18 degrees Celsius without the use of energy-intensive compressors and environmentally harmful chemical refrigerants.

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Making solar energy more efficient

Added: 05.01.2018 8:23 | 2 views | 0 comments

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Researchers have demonstrated methods of optimizing the capture of sunlight.

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Carbon nanotubes devices may have a limit to how 'nano' they can be

Added: 04.01.2018 12:26 | 2 views | 0 comments

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Carbon nanotubes bound for electronics not only need to be as clean as possible to maximize their utility in next-generation nanoscale devices, but contact effects may limit how small a nano device can be, according to researchers.

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New lithium-rich battery could last much longer

Added: 03.01.2018 19:46 | 2 views | 0 comments

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By using iron and oxygen to simultaneously drive the electrochemical reaction, a novel battery is less expensive and has a higher capacity.

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New desalination method offers low energy alternative to purify salty water

Added: 02.01.2018 17:11 | 3 views | 0 comments

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Providing safer drinking water to those in need may be a little easier. A new desalination technique is able to remove salt from water using less energy than previous methods.

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A fossil fuel technology that doesn't pollute

Added: 02.01.2018 13:48 | 2 views | 0 comments

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Engineers are developing technologies that have the potential to economically convert fossil fuels and biomass into useful products including electricity without emitting carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

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Exploring electrolysis for energy storage

Added: 02.01.2018 11:42 | 2 views | 0 comments

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A research team developed a flow-type polymer electrolyte cell for power storage. The cell reduces oxalic acid (OX) to glycolic acid, which has a higher volumetric energy-storage capacity than hydrogen gas. Newly fabricated TiO2 cathode enhanced the speed and efficiency of OX reduction. This competitive energy-storage device could be used to balance out the fluctuations in renewable power supplies.

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New model considers an extra factor to improve our prediction of nuclear fission

Added: 27.12.2017 14:59 | 2 views | 0 comments

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Researchers have proposed an improved model for predicting the generation of thermal energy from nuclear fission processes, by focusing on Uranium-236. This model can help improve efficiency in nuclear power generation.

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A new strategy for efficient hydrogen production

Added: 26.12.2017 15:40 | 2 views | 0 comments

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Scientists have introduced the Hybrid-SOEC system with highest reported electrochemical performance in hydrogen production.

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Thermoelectric power generation at room temperature: Coming soon?

Added: 26.12.2017 15:40 | 5 views | 0 comments

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A research team has created a thermoelectric material with promising performance at room temperature. Ytterbium silicide is a good electrical conductor. It also has a high Seebeck coefficient thanks to Kondo resonance (fluctuation of f-electrons), which increases its power factor. Its layered structure further promotes the thermoelectric effect by blocking heat conduction. This non-toxic, room-temperature thermoelectric material is competitive with conventional bismuth telluride, and could be used for power generation or refrigeration.

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Electronically-smooth '3-D graphene': A bright future for trisodium bismuthide

Added: 23.12.2017 13:48 | 2 views | 0 comments


Researchers have found that the topological material trisodium bismuthide (Na3Bi) can be manufactured to be as 'electronically smooth' as the highest-quality graphene-based alternative, while maintaining graphene's high electron mobility.

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Alaskan microgrids offer energy resilience and independence

Added: 22.12.2017 9:27 | 2 views | 0 comments

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The electrical grid in the contiguous United States is a behemoth of interconnected systems. If one section fails or is sabotaged, millions of citizens could be without power. Remote villages in Alaska provide an example of how safeguards could build resilience into a larger electrical grid. These communities rely on microgrids -- small, local power stations that operate autonomously.

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