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Technique improves the efficacy of fuel cells
Solid oxide fuel cells, which rely on low- cost ceramic materials, are among the most efficient and promising type of fuel cell. Now, researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have found a way to harness the quantum behavior of these fuel cells to make them even more efficient and robust. In doing so, they've observed a new type of phase transition in an oxide material. (2016-05-16)

Hubble catches views of a jet rotating with Comet 252P/LINEAR
This sequence of images taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows Comet 252P/LINEAR as it passed by Earth. The visit was one of the closest encounters between a comet and our planet. (2016-05-12)

Grant helps project realize 'ultra-productive' biofuel crops, attract investors
The University of Illinois and the University of Florida have been awarded a third round of funding from the US Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to realize ultra-productive biofuel crops. (2016-05-10)

Berkeley Lab scientists brew jet fuel in 1-pot recipe
Berkeley Lab researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute have engineered a strain of bacteria that enables a 'one-pot' method for producing advanced biofuels from a slurry of pre-treated plant material. The achievement is a critical step in making biofuels a viable competitor to fossil fuels by streamlining the production process. (2016-05-10)

Agricultural ammonia emissions disrupt earth's delicate nitrogen balance
New Colorado State University research indicates that nitrogen cycle disturbance from emissions of agriculture-related ammonia now exceeds the effects of fossil fuel combustion emissions. (2016-05-09)

From whales to silver foxes to refugees: EMILY robot is a lifesaver
She's tough -- capable of punching through 30-foot waves and riptides or smashing into rocks and reefs. But she's also tender, providing hope to those in peril. Meet EMILY the robotic lifeguard -- officially known as the Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard -- a remote-controlled buoy that recently was used to rescue nearly 300 Syrian migrants from drowning in the waters off the Greek island of Lesbos. (2016-05-05)

Cactus-inspired skin gives electric cars a spike
Inspired by the humble cactus, a new type of membrane has the potential to significantly boost the performance of fuel cells and transform the electric vehicle industry. (2016-04-27)

New technologies to eliminate fossil fuel use in the sugar industry
QUT researchers are developing and testing new technologies as part of a $5.7 million three-year project with the potential to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in the sugar industry. The project, which aims to turn sugarcane trash into renewable fuels, has just received funding of $2.1 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. (2016-04-27)

New discovery may help engineers design quieter jet airplanes
University of Minnesota researchers reveal new turbulence physics that explains why jet noise is so loud. (2016-04-26)

Climate change and extreme weather linked to high pressure over Greenland
Greenland is one of the fastest-warming regions of the world, according to climate change experts at the University of Sheffield. (2016-04-26)

Salk scientists uncover how a cell's 'fuel gauge' promotes healthy development
Unexpected link between cellular metabolic and recycling processes points to new cancer therapies. (2016-04-25)

Bakery switches to propane vans
A switch to propane from diesel by a major Midwest bakery fleet showed promising results, including a significant displacement of petroleum, a drop in greenhouse gases and a fuel cost savings of 7 cents per mile, according to a study recently completed by the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory. (2016-04-21)

USU chemists shed new light on global energy, food supply challenge
Utah State University, NREL, University of Colorado and Montana State announce light-driven process to convert dinitrogen to ammonia. (2016-04-21)

Making biodiesel with used cooking oil and a microwave
Weaning cars and trucks off of gasoline and diesel made from fossil fuels is a difficult task. One promising solution involves biodiesel, which comes from natural oils and fats, but it is costly. Using a microwave and catalyst-coated beads, scientists have devised a new way to convert waste cooking oil into biodiesel that could make it more affordable. They report how they did it in ACS' journal Energy & Fuels. (2016-04-20)

NASA investigates 3-D printing for building densely populated electronic assemblies
A team of NASA technologists at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, however, has begun investigating the use of a technique called aerosol jet printing or direct-write manufacturing to produce new detector assemblies that are not possible with traditional assembly processes. (2016-04-19)

Renowned neuroscientist receives Salk Institute's Medal for Research Excellence
On April 13, Solomon H. Snyder, M.D., was awarded the Salk Institute's Medal for Research Excellence together with cancer biologist Robert Weinberg, from MIT's Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. The award has only been given twice before in the Salk Institute's 55-year history. (2016-04-18)

'Pee power' turns urine into sustainable power source for electronic devices
Researchers at the University of Bath have developed an innovative miniature fuel cell that can generate electricity from urine, creating an affordable, renewable and carbon-neutral way of generating power. (2016-04-17)

FIST2FAC: The future of Navy combat training?
The Office of Naval Research recently demonstrated new and improved training technology at the Fleet Integrated Synthetic Training/Testing Facility (FIST2FAC) on Ford Island, Hawaii. (2016-04-11)

Texas A&M study shows saturated fats 'jet lag' body clocks, triggering metabolic disorders
New research from the Texas A&M Health Science Center parses out why saturated fats are 'bad' -- and suggests that it may all be in the timing. Findings, published in the journal EBioMedicine, show that consumption of saturated fats (specifically palmitate) at certain times may 'jet lag' internal body clocks, triggering metabolic disorders. (2016-04-06)

Enzyme discovery leads scientists further down path to pumping oil from plants
An enzyme responsible for making hydrocarbons has been discovered by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists studying a common green microalga called Botryococcus braunii. (2016-04-06)

New insight into interaction of volcanic ash with jet engines
Scientists at the University of Liverpool and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich have developed a new method to assess the impact of volcanic ash on jet engines. (2016-04-04)

Hybrid system could cut coal-plant emissions in half
MIT researchers have designed a system to generate electricity from coal with much greater efficiency -- possibly reaching as much as twice the fuel-to-electricity efficiency of today's conventional coal plants. (2016-04-04)

Ruthenium nanoframes open the doors to better catalysts
Researchers have created the first ruthenium nanoframes by manipulating the metal's crystal structure. The two-part process could open up a new group of catalysts made from materials with unique atomic arrangements. If they prove to be efficient catalysts, they could also improve hydrogen fuel production and carbon storage. (2016-04-01)

How to make metal alloys that stand up to hydrogen
MIT researchers find new approach to preventing embrittlement that could be useful in nuclear reactors. (2016-03-29)

New harmonized test protocols for PEM fuel cells in hydrogen vehicles
A lack of standards for testing polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells -- the most attractive type of fuel cells for powering vehicles -- has hampered objective comparative assessment of their performance and durability under operating conditions and hence of their technological progress. By proposing a test methodology including a set of representative operating conditions and getting European industry and research stakeholders to agree on it, the JRC has helped fill the gap. (2016-03-29)

Climate change: Greenland melting tied to shrinking Arctic sea ice
Vanishing Arctic sea ice. Dogged weather systems over Greenland. Far-flung surface ice melting on the massive island. These dramatic trends and global sea-level rise are linked, according to a study coauthored by Jennifer Francis, a research professor in Rutgers University's Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences. (2016-03-28)

Sniffing out a dangerous vapor
University of Utah engineers have developed a new type of fiber material for a handheld scanner that can detect small traces of alkane fuel vapor, a valuable advancement that could be an early-warning signal for leaks in an oil pipeline, an airliner, or for locating a terrorist's explosive. (2016-03-25)

Efficient methane C-H bond activation achieved for the first time
Using a new hybrid breed of computational and experimental chemistry, an international team of chemists, led by IBS Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalizations Associate Director Mu-Hyun Baik, was able to solve a puzzle that has been dubbed a 'Holy Grail reaction' and devise a method for catalyzing reactions with methane. (2016-03-24)

Carbon leads the way in clean energy
Groundbreaking research at Griffith University is leading the way in clean energy, with the use of carbon as a way to deliver energy using hydrogen. (2016-03-22)

Engineers adapt laser method to create micro energy units
As the demand for thinner microelectronic devices increases, manufacturers often are limited by how oddly shaped the energy sources must become to make them conform to the smaller space. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri, have developed a method of transferring an energy source to virtually any shape. Using direct laser-writing techniques, scientists can help smartphone manufacturers fabricate energy storage units such as micro fuel cells that are environmentally friendly, highly designable and thin. (2016-03-21)

Astrophysicists catch 2 supernovae at the moment of explosion
An international team of astrophysicists led by Peter Garnavich, professor of astrophysics at the University of Notre Dame, has caught two supernovae in the act of exploding. (2016-03-21)

Small businesses win technical support to develop clean energy technologies
Four small businesses will be working with Los Alamos National Laboratory to accelerate the nation's transformation toward a clean energy economy as part of the Department of Energy's Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot project. These businesses will gain access to world-class laboratory resources to help move innovative ideas and technologies closer to the marketplace. (2016-03-17)

Biodiesel from sugarcane more economical than soybean
America's oil consumption far exceeds that of every other country in the world. What's more, it's unsustainable. Soybeans, an important dietary protein and the current primary source of plant-based oils used for biodiesel production, only yield about one barrel per acre. New research shows that engineered sugarcane can produce up to 17 barrels of oil per acre. (2016-03-17)

UNC-Chapel Hill researchers crack 50-year-old nuclear waste problem, make storage safer
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have adapted a technology developed for solar energy in order to selectively remove one of the trickiest and most-difficult-to-remove elements in nuclear waste pools across the country, making the storage of nuclear waste safer and nontoxic - and solving a decades-old problem. (2016-03-16)

Smaller, cheaper microbial fuel cells turn urine into electricity
A new kind of fuel cell that can turn urine into electricity could revolutionize the way we produce bioenergy, particularly in developing countries. The research, published in Electrochimica Acta, describes a new design of microbial fuel cell that's smaller, cheaper and more powerful than traditional ones. (2016-03-16)

Transforming the US transportation system by 2050 to address climate challenges
Changes to our transportation system -- how much we travel, the vehicles we use, and the fuels that power them -- offer the potential for substantial reductions in GHG emissions, and are necessary to mitigate climate change. On the Road toward 2050: Potential for Substantial Reductions in Light-Duty Vehicle Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, a new report spearheaded by MIT professor John Heywood, identifies three important paths forward for light-duty vehicles. (2016-03-15)

Starving eye cells contribute to blindness in elders
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of visual impairment in people over 50 in developed countries. Researchers from Montreal and Boston now provide a new mechanism for that blinding retinal disease in a study just published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Medicine. These findings debunk the scientific beliefs surrounding the cause of abnormal proliferation of blood vessels leading to blindness, and thus open new therapeutic avenues for retinal diseases such as AMD. (2016-03-14)

Aviation and volcanic ash: Don't build your model on sand!
Volcanic ash can damage jet engines, and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich volcanologists have developed a new empirical model for assessment of the risk. Their results show that tests using sand do not reflect the behavior of ash in this context. (2016-03-14)

MIT develops nontoxic way of generating portable power
Battery substitutes produce current by burning fuel-coated carbon nanotubes like a fuse. (2016-03-14)

A new view of age-related macular degeneration: Fuel-starved light receptors
New research from Boston Children's Hospital could potentially change how doctors approach two blinding diseases: 'Wet' age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the elderly, and macular telangiectasia. (2016-03-14)

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