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Yin and yang: Opposites in nature, fluoride and lithium, compete for higher energy batteries
The same fluoride in your toothpaste might soon compete with lithium for longer-lasting batteries. (2018-12-06)

Seeing the light: Researchers offer solution for efficiency problem of artificial photosynthesis
Hydrogen-powered electronics, travel, and more may be a step closer thanks to the work of a collaborative team of scientists in Japan. The researchers have developed a new method to more efficiently produce a key component needed to convert solar energy and water into hydrogen fuel, a process called photoelectrochemical water splitting. (2018-12-05)

Paving the way for more efficient hydrogen cars
Hydrogen-powered vehicles emit only water vapor from their tailpipes, offering a cleaner alternative to fossil-fuel-based transportation. But for hydrogen cars to become mainstream, scientists need to develop more efficient hydrogen-storage systems. Now, researchers reporting in ACS' Chemistry of Materials have used metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to set a new record for hydrogen storage capacity under normal operating conditions. (2018-12-05)

Widespread decrease in wind energy resources found over the Northern Hemisphere
A new study focusing on the change in wind energy resources and models' simulation ability over the Northern Hemisphere reveals a widespread decline in wind energy resources over the Northern Hemisphere. Using station observation data, the study finds that approximately 30 percent, 50 percent and percent of the stations lost over 30 percent of the wind power potential since 1979 in North America, Europe, and Asia, respectively. (2018-12-05)

'Sun in a box' would store renewable energy for the grid
MIT engineers have come up with a conceptual design for a system to store renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, and deliver that energy back into an electric grid on demand. The system may be designed to power a small city not just when the sun is up or the wind is high, but around the clock. (2018-12-05)

Researchers use a virus to speed up modern computers
Researchers have successfully developed a method that could lead to unprecedented advances in computer speed and efficiency. (2018-12-04)

Scientists reveal substantial water loss in global landlocked regions
A new study involving Kansas State University researchers reveals that water storage declines in global landlocked basins has aggravated local water stress and caused potential sea level rise. (2018-11-30)

Interfacial electronic state improving hydrogen storage capacity in Pd-MOF materials
NIMS, Kyushu University and Kyoto University jointly identified a mechanism by which a hybrid material composed of palladium (Pd) and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) is capable of storing approximately twice as much hydrogen as a material composed solely of Pd. (2018-11-29)

New catalyst produces cheap hydrogen
QUT chemistry researchers have discovered cheaper and more efficient materials for producing hydrogen for the storage of renewable energy that could replace current water-splitting catalysts. (2018-11-29)

Insight into the catalytic activity of MXenes for hydrogen evolution reaction
MXenes have exhibited great potential as cost-effective electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). However, insight into the origin of activity is still missing. Herein, on the basis of a systematical investigation of the HER performance of 20 MXenes, a Fermi-abundance model is proposed to understand variation of the activity in different MXenes. It is found that the occupied p electronic states of surface O atoms play a decisive role in the HER activity of MXenes. (2018-11-29)

An important step towards completely secure quantum communication networks
Quantum network: The quest for a secure information network is on. Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, have recently succeeded in boosting the storage time of quantum information, using a small glass container filled with room temperature atoms, taking an important step towards a secure quantum encoded distribution network. (2018-11-29)

Putting hybrid-electric aircraft performance to the test
Although hybrid-electric cars are becoming commonplace, similar technology applied to airplanes comes with significantly different challenges. University of Illinois aerospace engineers are addressing some of them toward the development of a more sustainable alternative to fossil fuels to power airplanes. (2018-11-27)

Living electrodes with bacteria and organic electronics
Researchers at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Linkoping University, have together with colleagues at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, developed a method that increases the signal strength from microbial electrochemical cells by up to twenty times. The secret is a film with an embedded bacterium: Shewanella oneidensis. (2018-11-26)

How we can get more out of our forests
Most European forests are primarily used for timber production. However, woodlands also offer spaces for recreation and they store carbon but it is not clear how forests can be managed for these multiple benefits. A new study under the direction of the University of Bern is now showing how forestry can be improved so that wooded areas can fulfill as many services as possible. (2018-11-22)

FEFU physicists have developed concept of new fast non-volatile memory
Using the method of micromagnetic simulation, scientists have found the magnetic parameters and operating modes for the experimental implementation of the fast racetrack memory module running on the spin current. The information carrier in the new type of memory will be the skyrmionium that allows storing more data and read them faster. An article about that is published in ''Scientific Reports'' journal. (2018-11-20)

Could yesterday's Earth contain clues for making tomorrow's medicines?
In a paper published recently in the journal Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres, UW-Madison researchers described initial steps toward achieving chemistries that encode information in a variety of conditions that might mimic the environment of prehistoric Earth. (2018-11-20)

The shape of things to come: Flexible, foldable supercapacitors for energy storage
A team of researchers from the Plasma Physics Research Centre, Science and Research Branch of Islamic Azad University in Tehran, Iran, have discovered a way of making paper supercapacitors for electricity storage. (2018-11-20)

Fullerene compounds made simulation-ready
Hollow football-shaped carbon structures, called fullerenes, have applications in areas ranging from artificial photosynthesis and nonlinear optics, to the production of photoactive films and nanostructures. In a new study published in EPJ D, Kirill B. Agapev from ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia, and colleagues have developed a method that can be used for future simulations of fullerene complexes and thus help understand their characteristics. (2018-11-15)

Cotton-based hybrid biofuel cell could power implantable medical devices
A glucose-powered biofuel cell that uses electrodes made from cotton fiber could someday help power implantable medical devices such as pacemakers and sensors. The new fuel cell, which provides twice as much power as conventional biofuel cells, could be paired with batteries or supercapacitors to provide a hybrid power source for the medical devices. (2018-11-15)

When electric fields make spins swirl
IBS research group in collaboration with the University of Science and Technology of China, has reported the discovery of small and ferroelectrically tunable skyrmions. Published in Nature Materials, this work introduces new compelling advantages that bring skyrmion research a step closer to application. (2018-11-14)

Low carb diets can help maintain weight loss by increasing number of calories burned
A low carbohydrate diet could help people maintain their weight loss by increasing the number of calories burned, finds a large US feeding trial published by The BMJ today. (2018-11-14)

New US study reveals natural solutions can reduce global warming
A new study found that 21 percentof the United States' greenhouse gas pollution (1.2 Pg CO2e year) could be removed through enhanced management of forest, grassland, agricultural, and coastal areas. An offset at this level would be the equivalent to pollution from every single US car and truck on the road. (2018-11-14)

Next-gen batteries possible with new engineering approach
Dramatically longer-lasting, faster-charging and safer lithium metal batteries may be possible, according to Penn State research, recently published in Nature Energy. (2018-11-14)

The unintended consequences of dams and reservoirs
An international team of drought scientists show that while many dams and reservoirs are built, or expanded, to alleviate droughts and water shortages, they can paradoxically contribute to make them worse. The study is published in Nature Sustainability. (2018-11-13)

New study sheds light on medicines storage practices on UK dairy farms
Researchers at the University of Bristol, supported by the British Veterinary Association, the British Cattle Veterinary Association and the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) Alliance, are calling for veterinary surgeons in the UK to work together with their farmer clients to remove expired and inappropriate veterinary medicines from farms and dispose of them appropriately. (2018-11-12)

Study opens route to ultra-low-power microchips
MIT researchers have developed a new way of controlling magnetism in materials, which could lead to new low-power technologies for memory, computing, and sensing devices. (2018-11-12)

New Research: Streamside forests store tons of carbon
In a new effort from Point Blue Conservation Science and Santa Clara University, researchers led by Dr. Kristen Dybala compiled carbon storage data from 117 publications, reports, and other data sets on streamside forests around the world. Researchers found that the average amount of carbon stored in mature streamside forest rivals the highest estimates for any other forest type around the world, such as tropical or boreal forests. (2018-11-12)

New framework pushes the limits of high-performance computing
Virginia Tech researchers found a way to give high-performance computing data systems the flexibility to thrive with a first-of-its-kind framework called BespoKV, perhaps helping to one day achieve the HPC goal of performing at the exascale, or a billion billion calculations per second. (2018-11-12)

Harvesting renewable energy from the sun and outer space at the same time
Scientists at Stanford University have demonstrated for the first time that heat from the sun and coldness from outer space can be collected simultaneously with a single device. Their research, published Nov. 8 in the journal Joule, suggests that devices for harvesting solar and space energy will not compete for land space and can actually help each other function more efficiently. (2018-11-08)

Materials scientist creates fabric alternative to batteries for wearable devices
A major factor holding back development of wearable biosensors for health monitoring is the lack of a lightweight, long-lasting power supply. Now scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst led by materials chemist Trisha L. Andrew report that they have developed a method for making a charge-storing system that is easily integrated into clothing for 'embroidering a charge-storing pattern onto any garment.' (2018-11-08)

White wine, lemon juice combo prevents unwanted discoloration of pastry dough
No matter if it's grandma's cookies or commercially produced rolls, pastry lovers expect their baked goods to have a certain 'golden brown' allure -- but only after baking. A white dough that changes hue during storage, however, can negatively affect the appearance and perception of the final baked product. Now in a study appearing in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists report that they have developed a natural way to prevent discoloration during storage. (2018-11-07)

Researchers solve mystery surrounding a form of Batten disease
A team led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine has uncovered an unexpected mechanism that can explain a form of Batten disease called neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis 8. (2018-11-05)

Physicists create new, simpler-than-ever quantum 'hard drive for light'
Physicists at the University of Alberta in Canada have developed a new way to build quantum memories, a method for storing delicate quantum information encoded into pulses of light. (2018-11-05)

Most children surveyed couldn't tell real guns from toy guns
Parents surveyed said they were confident their children could tell a real gun apart from a toy gun. The children themselves also said they thought they could recognize the difference. But when shown side-by-side photos of actual and fake firearms, only 41 percent of children identified both correctly. This highlights the need for campaigns to educate parents on the importance of safe firearm storage. (2018-11-02)

Reducing US coal emissions through biomass and carbon capture would boost employment
While the need for solutions for the impending consequences of rising global temperatures has become increasingly urgent, many have expressed concerns about the loss of jobs as current technologies like coal-fired power plants are phased out. A new study appearing Nov. 1 in the journal Joule has run the numbers associated with the impacts of cutting coal plant jobs while at the same time employing techniques for bioenergy coupled with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). (2018-11-01)

Where water goes after fracking is tied to earthquake risk
In addition to producing oil and gas, the energy industry produces a lot of water, about 10 barrels of water per barrel of oil on average. New research led by The University of Texas at Austin has found that where the produced water is stored underground influences the risk of induced earthquakes. (2018-11-01)

Are we losing one of our biggest CO2 sinks?
Seagrasses help to buffer against climate change, but we are losing a soccer field size seagrass area every 30 minutes. (2018-10-31)

The materials engineers are developing environmentally friendly materials
Recently the research article ''A method for producing conductive graphene biopolymer nanofibrous fabrics by exploitation of an ionic liquid dispersant in electrospinning'' written by the researchers of Tallinn University of Technology was published in a leading peer-reviewed journal Carbon. (2018-10-31)

'Milder' ammonia synthesis method should help environment
A Chinese research team has developed a ''milder'' way to synthesize ammonia by requiring lower temperature and pressure than the current method. The process offers great promise for saving energy and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. (2018-10-29)

Crystals that clean natural gas
A metal-organic framework that selectively removes impurities from natural gas could allow greater use of this cleaner fossil fuel. (2018-10-29)

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