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Distributed technique for power 'scheduling' advances smart grid concept
Researchers have developed a new technique for 'scheduling' energy in electric grids that moves away from centralized management by tapping into the distributed computing power of energy devices. The approach advances the smart grid concept by coordinating the energy being produced and stored by both conventional and renewable sources. (2015-06-24)

Drinking a lot of beer increases exposure to mycotoxins
Researchers from the University of Valencia (Spain) have analyzed the mycotoxins produced by certain microscopic fungi in the beer and dried fruits, such as figs and raisins, confirming that these products meet food regulations. Only for heavy beer drinkers -- who drink more than a liter a day -- the contribution of this commodity to the daily intake is not negligible, approaching or even exceeding the safety levels. (2015-06-22)

Fructose powers a vicious circle
ETH researchers have found a hitherto unknown molecular mechanism that is driven by fructose and can lead to cardiac enlargement and heart failure. (2015-06-17)

How an animal's biochemistry may support aggressive behavior
Researchers who paired Siamese fighting fish in mock fights found that winning fish could supply more energy to their muscles during fights than losing fish. (2015-06-15)

NREL, Clemson University collaborate on wind energy testing facilities
Two of our nation's most advanced wind energy research and test facilities have joined forces to help the wind energy industry improve the performance of wind turbine drivetrains and better understand how the turbines can integrate more effectively with the electrical grid. (2015-06-09)

NREL's economic impact tops $872 million
The economic impact of the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was $872.3 million nationwide in fiscal year 2014, according to a study by the University of Colorado Boulder's Leeds School of Business. (2015-06-09)

Wayne State professor receives prestigious DOE early career grant
The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science recently announced its selection of 50 scientists from across the nation to receive its Early Career Research Program award. Eranda Nikolla, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemical engineering in Wayne State University's College of Engineering, was selected out of 620 submissions to receive a five-year, $750,000 award for her proposal, Nanostructured, targeted layered metal oxides as active and selective heterogeneous electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution. (2015-06-08)

Mercouri Kanatzidis honored for renewable energy research
Northwestern University's Mercouri G. Kanatzidis has received the 2015 Renewable Energy Prize, one of the prestigious Eni Awards, for his work capturing potential energy released by wasted heat. Considered by some the 'Nobel Prizes for energy,' the Eni Awards aim to promote better use of energy sources and inspire new generations of researchers. An international leader in inorganic and solid-state chemistry, Kanatzidis will receive a specially struck gold medal of the Italian State Mint and 200,000 euros. (2015-06-08)

Elsevier and the International Solar Energy Society renew publishing agreement
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the International Solar Energy Society are pleased to announce a renewal of their publishing agreement. Under the agreement, Elsevier will continue to provide publishing services for the society's journal Solar Energy. ISES and Elsevier have worked together continuously since 2002. (2015-06-03)

Silicon Valley Energy Summit
The 2015 Silicon Valley Energy Summit features talks by NREL Director Dan Arvizu, former Treasury Secretary George Shultz, Navy Assistant Secretary Dennis McGinn and other top U.S. energy leaders. (2015-06-01)

A clear look at an efficient energy converter
Xiaochun Qin and colleagues have provided a high-resolution crystal structure of a plant protein supercomplex critical to photosynthesis, shedding new light on how this extremely effective solar energy converter achieves its impressive performance. (2015-05-28)

EU biofuels regime failing to meet its objectives under current regulatory framework
The European Union regulatory framework for biofuels has the potential to address its climate, energy and environmental objectives, but only if carefully tailored and effectively implemented, according to research from the University of Eastern Finland. The current regulatory framework for biofuels is failing to meet these underlying objectives. (2015-05-26)

Enhancing knowledge crucial to improving energy-saving behaviors, study shows
Increasing public knowledge and understanding about energy issues is vital if improved energy-saving behaviors are to be encouraged among individuals and organizations, a study conducted at Plymouth University suggests. (2015-05-22)

Newton Research Collaboration award -- University of Huddersfield
When new buildings come into use they can consume up to twice as much energy as their designers expected. Now a University of Huddersfield professor is carrying out research that aims to reduce this 'performance gap' and he has the backing of one of the world's leading engineering organizations. (2015-05-20)

American energy use up slightly, carbon emissions almost unchanged
Americans' energy use continued to grow slowly in 2014, fueled by increases in the use of natural gas, wind and solar, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. (2015-05-20)

Caffeine intake associated with reduced levels of erectile dysfunction
Men who drink the equivalent caffeine level of two to three cups of coffee a day are less likely to have erectile dysfunction, according to researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. (2015-05-20)

Electricity generating nano-wizards
Scientists had long known that in conducting materials the flow of energy in the form of heat is accompanied by a flow of electrons. What they did not know is that it takes nanometric-scale systems for the flow of charge and heat to reach a level of efficiency that cannot be achieved with larger scale systems. In a paper published in EPJ B scientists have demonstrated the importance of thermoelectric effects in nanostructures. (2015-05-18)

Lehigh chemical engineer awarded DOE funding to design novel functional materials
Jeetain Mittal, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University, is one of 44 scientists selected from across the nation to receive significant funding for research as part of the US Department of Energy's Early Career Research Program. (2015-05-13)

How used coffee grounds could make some food more healthful
Coffee has gone from dietary foe to friend in recent years, partly due to the revelation that it's rich in antioxidants. Now even spent coffee grounds are gaining attention for being chock-full of these compounds, which have potential health benefits. In ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers explain how to extract antioxidants from the grounds. They then determined just how concentrated the antioxidants are. (2015-05-13)

Chemistry student in sun harvest breakthrough
The Sun is a huge source of energy. In just one hour planet Earth is hit by so much sunshine that humankind could cover its energy needs for an entire year if only we knew how to harvest and save it. But storing sunshine is not trivial. Now a student at Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen has researched his way to a breakthrough which may prove pivotal for technologies trying to capture the energy of the sun, and saving it for a rainy day. (2015-05-08)

Office of Science selects 44 scientists to receive early career research program funding
The Department of Energy's Office of Science has selected 44 scientists from across the nation -- including 17 from DOE's national laboratories and 27 from US universities -- to receive significant funding for research as part of DOE's Early Career Research Program. (2015-05-06)

Vulnerable grassland birds abandon mating sites near wind turbines
Shifting to renewable energy sources has been widely touted as one of the best ways to fight climate change, but even renewable energy can have a downside, as in the case of wind turbines' effects on bird populations. In a new paper in The Condor: Ornithological Applications, a group of researchers demonstrate the impact that one wind energy development in Kansas has had on Greater Prairie-Chickens (Tympanuchus cupido) breeding in the area. (2015-05-06)

NREL announces participants for executive energy leadership program
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has selected 21 leaders to participate in its 2015 Executive Energy Leadership program, which empowers executives to integrate clean energy solutions in their communities. (2015-05-05)

NREL report estimates market potential of shared solar
Analysis from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory finds that by making shared solar programs available to households and businesses that currently cannot host on-site photovoltaic systems shared solar could represent 32 to 49 percent of the distributed photovoltaic market in 2020. (2015-05-05)

Ocean energy: EU leads in technology development and deployment
New technologies in the last decade have shown slow but steady progress of ocean and sea energy power: about 30 tidal and 45 wave energy companies are currently at an advanced stage of technological development worldwide, many of them nearing pre-commercial array demonstration and others deploying full-scale prototypes in real-sea environment, according to a new JRC ocean energy status report. (2015-05-05)

Space technology 'could reduce cost of renewable energy'
Space-based radar technology could be harnessed by the renewable energy sector to drive down costs, according to academics at the University of Strathclyde. (2015-05-04)

Mixing energy drinks, alcohol tied to abusive drinking in teens
Researchers from Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center found teens aged 15-17 years old who had ever mixed alcohol with energy drinks were four times more likely to meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder than a teen who has tried alcohol but never mixed it with an energy drink. (2015-05-01)

Study shows replacing 1 serving of sugary drink per day by water or unsweetened tea or coffee cuts risk of type 2 diabetes
Replacing the daily consumption of one serving of a sugary drink with either water or unsweetened tea or coffee can lower the risk of developing diabetes by between 14 percent and 25 percent, concludes research in Diabetologia. (2015-04-30)

Make calorie labels compulsory on all alcoholic drinks, says public health expert
Calorie counts should be mandatory on all alcoholic drinks as a matter of urgency, argues a leading public health doctor in The BMJ this week. (2015-04-28)

Climate change: How Brits feel about 'smart' energy
Reluctance to share data about personal energy use is likely to be a major obstacle when implementing 'smart' technologies designed to monitor use and support energy efficient behaviors, according to new research led by academics at the University of Nottingham. (2015-04-27)

Heavy drinking and binge drinking rise sharply in US counties
Today, Americans are more likely to be heavy drinkers and binge drinkers than in recent years due in large part to rising rates of drinking among women, according to a new analysis of county-level drinking patterns in the United States. By contrast, the percentage of people who drink any alcohol has remained relatively unchanged over time, according to the latest research by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. (2015-04-23)

A bad buzz: Men with HIV need fewer drinks to feel effects
Researchers at Yale and the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System compared the number of drinks that men with HIV infection, versus those without it, needed to get a buzz. They found that HIV-infected men were more sensitive to the effects of alcohol than uninfected men. (2015-04-20)

Dual-energy CT imaging improves pancreatic cancer assessment
Dual-energy CT scans have several potential applications in the detection, characterization, staging and follow-up of pancreatic cancer patients, according to a new study conducted at Johns Hopkins University. (2015-04-20)

Sugar-sweetened beverages suppress the body's stress response
Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages can suppress the hormone cortisol and stress responses in the brain, but diet beverages sweetened with aspartame do not have the same effect, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. (2015-04-16)

Millions of liters of juice from 1 grapefruit
New method allows production of expensive grapefruit aroma Nootkatone biotechnologically from cheap sugar using a 'turbo-yeast.' The versatile, healthy and tasty substance is used in soft drinks, pharmaceutical products or even as an insect repellent. (2015-04-15)

Harvesting energy from electromagnetic waves
This week in the journal Applied Physics Letters, from AIP Publishing, researchers from the University of Waterloo in Canada report a novel design for electromagnetic energy harvesting based on the 'full absorption concept.' This involves the use of metamaterials that can be tailored to produce media that neither reflects nor transmits any power -- enabling full absorption of incident waves at a specific range of frequencies and polarizations. (2015-04-14)

A KAIST research team develops a hyper-stretchable elastic-composite energy harvester
A research team led by Professor Keon Jae Lee of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has developed a hyper-stretchable elastic-composite energy harvesting device called a nanogenerator. (2015-04-13)

Public Release:  Nobel Laureate Steven Chu to present Cummins Lecture at CCNY, April 17
Nobel Laureate and former US Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu will deliver the third Herman Cummins Lecture at The City College of New York 3 p.m. Friday, April 17. Entitled 'Microscopy 2.0 plus Energy and Climate Change,' his talk in the North Academic Center room 0/201, will survey microscopy, energy, climate change and the transition to a sustainable world. (2015-04-10)

Social media and gaming initiative aims to enhance education on energy efficiency
Plymouth University and DCH (formerly Devon and Cornwall Housing) are part of a three-year partnership initiative which aims to reduce energy consumption and increase understanding and engagement about domestic energy efficiency amongst affordable housing residents. (2015-04-10)

Mapping energy metabolism of growing nerve cells to better understand neuronal disorders
A group of Japanese scientists have discovered how nerve cells adjust to low energy environments during the brain's growth process. Their study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, may one day help find treatments for nerve cell damage and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. (2015-04-10)

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