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Seeing where energy goes may bring scientists closer to realizing nuclear fusion
An international team of researchers has taken a step toward achieving controlled nuclear fusion -- a process that powers the sun and other stars, and has the potential to supply the world with limitless, clean energy. The team, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego and General Atomics, developed a new technique to 'see' where energy is delivered during fast ignition experiments and improve energy delivery to the fuel target. (2016-01-18)

Donor's genotype controls the differentiation of iPS cells -- source tissue insignificant
Pluripotent stem cells derived from different cell types are equally susceptible to reprogramming, indicates a recent study by the University of Helsinki and the National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland. However, the genotype of the donor strongly influences the differentiation of the stem cell. (2016-01-14)

Fuel cell advance
Researchers from the University of Delaware and Beijing University of Chemical Technology report a breakthrough in Nature Communications that promises to bring down the cost of hydrogen fuel cells by replacing expensive platinum catalysts with cheaper ones made from metals like nickel. (2016-01-14)

How will climate policy affect energy access goals?
Without new subsidies and policies to support increased energy access, new climate policies could push access to modern energy out of reach for millions in Asia. (2016-01-14)

Eindhoven student team to build the world's first car powered by formic acid
Building a car that is powered by formic acid. That is the ambition of Team FAST, a new student team from Eindhoven University of Technology. Since formic acid can store hydrogen, an environmentally-friendly fuel, it has more benefits than existing hydrogen or electric powered cars. (2016-01-14)

MUSC launches first clinical trial involving two powerful drugs for lung cancer
In an international first, people with lung cancer will find out if a new combination of drugs can kick-start their bodies' ability to fight back against the disease. They'll be part of a clinical trial now enrolling participants at the Medical University of South Carolina. The trial will focus on people with non-small cell lung cancer, the most common type. (2016-01-14)

Researchers work on lowering greenhouse gas emissions from poultry houses
A research team from the University of Delaware, USDA, University of Tennessee and Oklahoma State is looking at how adding alum as an amendment to poultry litter reduces ammonia and greenhouse gas concentrations and emissions, specifically carbon dioxide, in poultry houses. (2016-01-12)

Study: Second-generation biofuels can reduce emissions
Second-generation biofuel crops like the perennial grasses Miscanthus and switchgrass can efficiently meet emission reduction goals without significantly displacing cropland used for food production, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Illinois and collaborators published their findings in the inaugural edition of the journal Nature Energy. The researchers call it the most comprehensive study on the subject to date. (2016-01-11)

Optimum band gap for hybrid silicon/perovskite tandem solar cell
Tandem solar cells based on silicon and perovskites have raised high hopes for future high efficiency solar modules. A team led by Henry Snaith, University of Oxford, has now shown, with contributions by Bernd Rech and Lars Korte of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, that an ultimate efficiency of 30 percent should be attainable with such tandem cells. They discovered a structurally stable perovskite composition with its band gap tuned to an optimum value of 1.75 eV. The results have been published in Science. (2016-01-08)

Scientist identifies energy sensor as potential target for cancer drugs
An international research team formed by a University of Cincinnati cancer researcher has shown for the first time that a specific enzyme is responsible for sensing the available supply of GTP, an energy source that fuels the uncontrolled growth of cancer cells. The research underscores the enzyme's potential to become a therapeutic target for future cancer drugs. (2016-01-07)

IU scientists create 'nano-reactor' for the production of hydrogen biofuel
Scientists at Indiana University have created a highly efficient biomaterial that catalyzes the formation of hydrogen -- one half of the 'holy grail' of splitting H2O to make hydrogen and oxygen for fueling cheap and efficient cars that run on water. (2016-01-04)

Physicists come up with a way to make cleaner fuel cells
An international group of scientists from Russia, France, and Germany have developed ion-exchange synthetic membranes based on amphiphilic compounds that are able to convert the energy of chemical reactions into electrical current. The new development described in the journal Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics could potentially be used in fuel cells, and in separation and purification processes. The study was conducted by MIPT's Laboratory of Functional Organic and Hybrid Materials, which was opened in 2014. (2015-12-29)

Six PNNL scientists among select group of highly cited authors
Six scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are included in a new analysis of scientists whose work is cited most often by their peers. Their research is in disciplines where PNNL is highly regarded internationally -- climate science, energy storage, materials science, and chemistry. (2015-12-21)

Researchers demonstrate tracking of individual catalyst nanoparticles during heating
McMaster University researchers have taken atomic-level images of individual nanoparticles during heating that could lead to improved fuel-cell technologies. (2015-12-18)

Speeding up the hydrogen highway
Drivers are seeing more hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles on the road, but refueling stations for those vehicles are still few and far between. This is about to change, and one reason is the Hydrogen Station Equipment Performance device, or HyStEP, which will greatly accelerate station commissioning. (2015-12-16)

Fuel economy improvements in US climate commitment on par with 1970s gains
To hold up its end of the landmark climate deal signed in Paris last week, the US will need to make cars and trucks of the future far more fuel efficient. New research from the University of Washington and MIT shows that automakers won't meet fuel efficiency mandates if they continue on the path they have followed for the last two decades. But they have done it before -- just not recently. (2015-12-15)

Producing clean energy from Italian waste water with Finnish fuel cell expertise
In the European DEMOSOFC project, Convion Ltd and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd will demonstrate fuel cell systems for high-efficiency cogeneration of heat and power from biogas produced in connection with waste water treatment in Italy. (2015-12-14)

Better catalysts for green energy
A new study, just published in Nature Materials, provides a detailed account of how to control the electron charge of nanoparticles of platinum, an important catalyst in fuel cells, to maximize the efficiency of the process. The study is the result of an intense international collaboration involving SISSA and CNR-IOM of Trieste, the University of Barcelona, ELETTRA Sincrotrone Trieste, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany and Univerzita Karlova of Prague. (2015-12-14)

Wearable energy generator uses urine to power wireless transmitter
A pair of socks embedded with miniaturized microbial fuel cells and fueled with urine pumped by the wearer's footsteps has powered a wireless transmitter to send a signal to a PC. This is the first self-sufficient system powered by a wearable energy generator based on microbial fuel cell technology. (2015-12-11)

Scientists develop diesel that emits far less CO2
Researchers from KU Leuven and Utrecht University have discovered a new approach to the production of fuels. Their new method can be used to produce much cleaner diesel. It can quickly be scaled up for industrial use. In five to 10 years, we may see the first cars driven by this new clean diesel. (2015-12-10)

Nanolive launches the ultimate live cell imaging tool at ASCB2015 in San Diego
Nanolive launches the 3-D Cell Explorer at ASCB2015 in San Diego. (2015-12-09)

IBS reports a high performance nanoparticle electrocatalyst
Scientists operating out of IBS' Center for Nanoparticle Research have reported highly durable and active intermetallic platinum-iron (PtFe) nanoparticles (NPs) coated with nitrogen (N) doped carbon shell. Precision sized face centered tetragonal (fct) PtFe NPs, only a few nanometers thick, are formed by thermal annealing at 700oC, resulting in a carbon outer layer which protects the NPs from detachment and dissolution throughout the harsh fuel cell operating conditions. (2015-12-08)

Plant-inspired power plants
A team of chemical engineers at the University of Pittsburgh recently identified the two main factors for determining the optimal catalyst for turning atmospheric CO2 into liquid fuel. The results of the study, which appeared in the journal ACS Catalysis, will streamline the search for an inexpensive yet highly effective new catalyst. (2015-12-08)

A more efficient way of converting ethanol to a better alternative fuel
A research team at the University of Rochester has developed a series of reactions that results in the selective conversion of ethanol to butanol, without producing unwanted byproducts. (2015-12-03)

UN report takes global view of 'green energy choices'
A new UNEP report, led by Yale Professor Edgar Hertwich, offers a comprehensive comparison of the greenhouse gas mitigation potential for a number of alternative energy methods -- including wind, solar, geothermal, and hydro. (2015-12-02)

Carbon capture analyst: 'Coal should stay in the ground'
Serious flaws have been found in a decade's worth of studies about the best way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stabilize the climate. (2015-12-02)

Next-generation fuel cells are ready for low-emission electricity production
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, under the INNO-SOFC project and in collaboration with Convion Ltd and Elcogen Ltd, is developing a new-generation, long-life fuel cell system offering efficiency higher than that of competing technologies. (2015-11-25)

Exploring the causes of cancer
Cells communicate with other cells in our bodies by sending and receiving signals. Cancer can occur when these signals are 'dysregulated' and abnormal cells grow out of control. (2015-11-23)

Tallest trees could die of thirst in rainforest droughts, study finds
Droughts could kill off the tallest trees in tropical rainforests in coming decades, a study suggests. (2015-11-23)

Ludwig San Diego's Paul Mischel elected AAAS Fellow
Ludwig San Diego's Paul Mischel has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. (2015-11-23)

Sea traffic pollutes our lungs more than previously thought
New data presented by researchers at Lund University and others in the journal Oceanologia show that the air along the coasts is full of hazardous nanoparticles from sea traffic. Almost half of the measured particles stem from sea traffic emissions, while the rest is deemed to be mainly from cars but also biomass combustion, industries and natural particles from the sea. (2015-11-20)

Greater potential for transport in climate mitigation
The transport sector has the potential to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases in half by 2050, according to new analysis from researchers at IIASA and other institutions. (2015-11-19)

ORNL microscopy captures real-time view of evolving fuel cell catalysts
Atomic-level imaging of catalysts by scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory could help manufacturers lower the cost and improve the performance of emission-free fuel cell technologies. (2015-11-19)

Improved nuclear waste disposal focus of $800,000 Department of Energy grant
An innovative method for removing radioactive elements from nuclear waste that could reduce the amount of total waste being generated through nuclear fission is the focus of a three-year, $800,000 grant from the Department of Energy through its Nuclear Energy University Program. (2015-11-17)

How voters would accept higher gas tax
Americans would be more likely to accept a gas tax increase if they knew the extra revenue would improve energy efficiency, repair roads and bridges or be refunded to taxpayers equally, indicates a new study by two Michigan State University sociologists. (2015-11-10)

Close-up view of galaxies prompts re-think on star formation
Astronomers have identified for the first time one of the key components of many stars, a study suggests. (2015-11-10)

More productive chemistry researchers with new UCPH product
A University of Copenhagen professor in electrochemistry got fed up with dull and repetitive laboratory work. So he decided to develop the tools necessary to automate the tasks. The tools liberated the creativity of students and colleagues, so now he has started the company, 'Nordic Electrochemistry.' The first products of the company are the software package EC4U and the modular potentiostat ECi-200. Together the two products are designed for complete ease of automatization. (2015-11-09)

Making green fuels, no fossils required
Converting solar or wind into carbon-based 'fossil' fuels might seem anything but green, but when you start with carbon dioxide -- which can be dragged out of the air -- it's as green as it gets. The technology that makes it economically feasible isn't available yet, but a recently published paper presents nice step forward in the effort to not just sequester CO2, but turn it into a useful fuel that is part of a carbon-neutral future. (2015-11-02)

Researcher develops material to create sustainable energy source
In The Journal of Physical Chemistry, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Jose L. Mendoza-Cortes details how this new material efficiently captures sunlight and then, how the energy can be used to break down water into oxygen (O2) and hydrogen (H2). This process is known as oxidation, and it is also what happens during photosynthesis when a plant uses light to break down water and carbohydrates, which are the main energy sources for the plant. (2015-11-02)

A new way to starve lung cancer?
Scientists have identified a new way to stop the growth of lung cancer cells, by blocking their ability to use alternative sources of nutrition. The discovery was made possible by identifying the metabolic programs used by cancer cells to fuel their growth. The findings point to possible new avenues for treating lung cancer, which is the second most common cancer and accounts for over one-quarter of all cancer-related deaths. The results of the study were published Oct. 15 in the journal Molecular Cell. (2015-10-20)

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