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Triplet superconductivity demonstrated under high pressure
Researchers in France and Japan have demonstrated a theoretical type of unconventional superconductivity in a uranium-based material, according to a study published in the journal Physical Review Letters. (2019-04-18)
Best in snow: New scientific device creates electricity from snowfall
UCLA researchers and colleagues have designed a new device that creates electricity from falling snow, a first. (2019-04-15)
Shrinking the carbon footprint of a chemical in everyday objects
MIT chemical engineers have devised an alternative approach to synthesizing epoxides, a type of chemical that is found in many products, including plastics, pharmaceuticals and textiles. (2019-04-09)
Newly devised static negative capacitor could improve computing
In a new study, researchers at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, together with collaborators in France and Russia, have created a permanent static 'negative capacitor,' a device believed to have been in violation of physical laws until about a decade ago. (2019-04-08)
Electricity-conducting bacteria yield secret to tiny batteries, big medical advances
These strange bacteria conduct electricity via a structure never before seen in nature -- a structure scientists can co-opt to miniaturize electronics, create powerful-yet-tiny batteries, build pacemakers without wires and develop a host of other medical advances. (2019-04-04)
Will cyborgs be made from melanin? Pigment breakthrough enables biocompatible electronics
Italian researchers have recorded the highest-ever conductivity for eumelanin -- a dark brown melanin pigment that colors skin, hair and eyes. (2019-03-26)
Droughts could hit aging power plants hard
Droughts will pose a much larger threat to U.S. power plants with once-through cooling systems than scientists previously suspected, a Duke University study shows. (2019-03-26)
Study shows how electricity-eating microbes use electrons to fix carbon dioxide
A Washington University team showed how a phototrophic microbe called Rhodopseudomonas palustris takes up electrons from conductive substances like metal oxides or rust to reduce carbon dioxide. (2019-03-22)
Semimetals are high conductors
Researchers in China and at UC Davis have measured high conductivity in very thin layers of niobium arsenide, a type of material called a Weyl semimetal. (2019-03-18)
Researchers discover new material to help power electronics
A research team at The Ohio State University has discovered a way to simplify how electronic devices use those electrons -- using a material that can serve dual roles in electronics, where historically multiple materials have been necessary. (2019-03-18)
Researchers create hydrogen fuel from seawater
Splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen presents an alternative to fossil fuels, but purified water is a precious resource. (2019-03-18)
Researchers turn liquid metal into a plasma
For the first time, researchers at the University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) have found a way to turn a liquid metal into a plasma and to observe the temperature where a liquid under high-density conditions crosses over to a plasma state. (2019-03-11)
Good news! Europe's electric grid will still work even as the world crumbles
Temperatures may climb and seas may rise, but the lights (and, undoubtedly, the air conditioning) will still be on in nations with high capacities for wind and solar energy. (2019-03-06)
Capturing bacteria that eat and breathe electricity
WSU researchers traveled to Yellowstone National Park to find bacteria that may help solve some of the biggest challenges facing humanity -- environmental pollution and sustainable energy. (2019-03-05)
Chirality yields colossal photocurrent
Typically, light is converted to electricity by chemically altering a semiconductor to have a built-in electric field. (2019-03-04)
Light pulses provide a new route to enhance superconductivity
Scientists have shown that pulses of light could be used to turn materials into superconductors through an unconventional type of superconductivity known as 'eta pairing.' (2019-03-03)
Tracking firefighters in burning buildings
McMaster researchers, working with partners at other universities, have created a motion-powered, fireproof sensor that can track the movements of firefighters, steelworkers, miners and others who work in high-risk environments where they cannot always be seen. (2019-03-01)
Paper: Carbon taxes could create new winners and losers among countries
A global carbon tax would create new sets of economic winners and losers, with some countries holding a distinct competitive advantage over others, says new research from Don Fullerton, a Gutgsell Professor of Finance at Illinois and a scholar at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs. (2019-02-19)
Jobs vs. death toll: Calculating corporate death penalties
What misdeeds warrant corporate death penalties? A new study explores two case studies focused on industries that kill more people than they employ. (2019-02-19)
Wave device could deliver clean energy to thousands of homes
A device that could convert wave energy into electricity has been demonstrated in scaled trials at the University of Edinburgh's circular testing tank, FloWave. (2019-02-12)
Planning ahead: A new robust approach for minimizing costs in power-distribution networks
Scientists at Tokyo Tech have developed a new method for scheduling the turning on and off of power generators that minimizes costs and ensures reliability while addressing the issues prevalent in multiple previous methods. (2019-02-08)
Addressing cooling needs and energy poverty targets in the Global South
With most of the northern hemisphere currently in the icy grip of one of the coldest winters ever recorded, in the south, it is record-breaking heat that is the problem. (2019-02-07)
Smart lighting control systems can mean a saving of 400€ a year in the electricity bill
A group of researchers have developed a predictive method for quantifying, by means of simulations of new dynamic metrics, the potential energy and economic saving that using smart lighting control systems brings. (2019-02-06)
Data-transmitting light signal gets power boost from nanosized amplifier
An international team of researchers from Aalto University and Université Paris-Sud has significantly improved the propagation of data inside a microchip. (2019-02-05)
Engineers harvest heart's energy to power life-saving devices
The heart's motion is so powerful that it can recharge life-saving devices, according to new research from Dartmouth. (2019-02-04)
Study: Environmental regulations may have unintended consequences in energy production
Many countries have passed environmental laws to preserve natural ecosystems. (2019-02-04)
Hybrid electricity system would reduce rates, improve service
A new distribution system designed by researchers at the University of Waterloo would reduce electricity prices by more than five per cent while also improving service reliability. (2019-01-31)
Estimation of technology level required for low-cost renewable hydrogen production
NIMS, the University of Tokyo and Hiroshima University jointly evaluated the economic efficiency of hydrogen production systems combining photovoltaic power generation and rechargeable batteries and estimated technology levels necessary for the systems to produce hydrogen at a globally competitive cost. (2019-01-31)
A sustainable and recyclable thermoelectric paper
Researchers at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) have created a new concept of thermoelectric material, published in the journal Energy & Environmental Science. (2019-01-30)
China's regulations unsuccessful in curbing methane emissions
China, already the world's leading emitter of human-caused greenhouse gases, continues to pump increasing amounts of climate-changing methane into the atmosphere despite tough new regulations on gas releases from its coal mines, a new Johns Hopkins study shows. (2019-01-29)
Static electricity could charge our electronics
Static electricity is one of the most common, yet poorly understand, forms of power generation. (2019-01-25)
Unlocking graphene's superconducting powers with a twist and a squeeze
A Columbia-led team has discovered a new method to manipulate the electrical conductivity of this game-changing material, the strongest known to man with applications ranging from nano-electronic devices to clean energy. (2019-01-24)
Fidget spinner as centrifuge separates blood plasma (video)
Some people use fidget spinners -- flat, multi-lobed toys with a ball bearing at the center -- to diffuse nervous energy or whirl away stress. (2019-01-23)
North Sea rocks could act as large-scale renewable energy stores
Rocks in the seabed off the UK coast could provide long-term storage locations for renewable energy production, new research suggests. (2019-01-21)
Scientists turn carbon emissions into usable energy
A recent study, affiliated with South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) has introduced a system that turn carbon emissions into usable energy. (2019-01-19)
New thermoelectric material delivers record performance
Taking advantage of recent advances in using theoretical calculations to predict the properties of new materials, researchers reported Thursday the discovery of a new class of half-Heusler thermoelectric compounds, including one with a record high figure of merit -- a metric used to determine how efficiently a thermoelectric material can convert heat to electricity. (2019-01-17)
Technique identifies electricity-producing bacteria
MIT engineers have developed a microfluidic technique that can quickly process small samples of bacteria and gauge a specific property that's highly correlated with bacteria's ability to produce electricity. (2019-01-11)
Model predicts lithium-ion batteries most competitive for storage applications by 2030
Researchers at Imperial College London have developed a model to determine the lifetime costs of 9 electricity storage technologies for 12 different applications between 2015 and 2050. (2019-01-09)
NREL details great potential for floating PV systems
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers estimate that installing floating solar photovoltaics on the more than 24,000 man-made US reservoirs could generate about 10 percent of the nation's annual electricity production. (2019-01-08)
Hotter days will boost Chinese residential electric use
A new study from Duke University and Fudan University in China is the first to estimate how much Chinese residential electricity consumption would increase due to climate change. (2018-12-24)
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