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July 31, 2015

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July 31, 2015

July 31, 2015 — A transparent electrode with high electrical conductivity has been developed for solar cells and other optoelectronic components -- that uses minimal amounts of material. It consists of a random ... read more

Protein Machines Make Fluctuating Flows Unconsciously

July 31, 2015 — Protein machines, regardless of their specific functions, can collectively induce fluctuating hydrodynamic flows and substantially enhance the diffusive motions of particles in the cell, an ... read more

New Database Could Make Airport Ground Movements Quicker, Greener and Cheaper

July 29, 2015 — A new system for calculating the quickest and most fuel efficient routes for moving aircraft on the ground could transform the way our airports operate, according to new ... read more

July 23, 2015 — By encoding information in photons via their spin, 'photonic' computers could be orders of magnitude faster and efficient than their current-day counterparts. Likewise, encoding information ... read more

New Finding Could Lead to Cheap, Efficient Metal-Based Solar Cells

July 23, 2015 — Although the domestic solar-energy industry grew by 34 percent in 2014, fundamental technical breakthroughs are needed if the U.S. is to meet its national goal of reducing the cost of solar ... read more

Researchers Boost Wireless Power Transfer With Magnetic Field Enhancement

July 23, 2015 — Passing wireless power transfer through a magnetic resonance field enhancer (MRFE) -- which can be as simple as a copper loop -- can boost the transfer efficiency by at least 100 percent as compared ... read more

New Molecular Butterflies Help Advance Energy Research

July 22, 2015 — A new family of molecules that physically resemble butterflies is pushing the boundary of new materials research, scientists report. With these precisely designed molecules, the team also plans to ... read more

Boosting Gas Mileage by Turning Engine Heat Into Electricity

July 22, 2015 — Automakers are looking for ways to improve their fleets' average fuel efficiency, and scientists may have a new way to help them. The team reports the development of a material that could ... read more

July 21, 2015 — In the last decade, graphene has been intensively studied for its unique optical, mechanical, electrical and structural properties. The one-atom-thick carbon sheets could revolutionize the way ... read more

July 20, 2015 — A new study shows that a 'non-wetting' surface, like those to create non-stick cookware, improves solar cell ... read more

Perovskite Solar Technology Shows Quick Energy Returns

July 20, 2015 — In the solar power research community, a new class of materials called perovskites is causing quite a buzz, as scientists search for technology that has a better 'energy payback time' than ... read more

July 20, 2015 — Devices consuming the energy of electromagnetic radiation, such as absorbers and sensors, play an essential role in the using and controlling of light. Researchers have now demonstrated the first ... read more

Siting Wind Farms More Quickly, Cheaply

July 17, 2015 — A new statistical technique that yields better wind-speed predictions than existing techniques do -- even when it uses only three months' worth of data -- has been revealed by researchers. That ... read more

Unique Material Created for the Next Generation Solar Cells

July 17, 2015 — Researchers have developed material which offers much cheaper alternative to the one which is currently being used in hybrid solar cells. The efficiency of the semi-conductors created by the team of ... read more

July 16, 2015 — A team of scientists discovered that electrical conduction in graphene on the picosecond timescale -- a picosecond being one thousandth of one billionth of a second -- is governed by the same basic ... read more

Mercury Scrubbers at Power Plant Lower Other Pollution Too

July 15, 2015 — Air pollution controls installed at a coal-fired power plant to curb mercury emissions are unexpectedly reducing another class of harmful emissions as well, scientists say in a new ... read more

July 15, 2015 — In the quest for better, less expensive ways to store and use energy, platinum and other precious metals play an important role. They serve as catalysts to propel the most efficient fuel cells, but ... read more

Are Fuel Cells Environmentally Friendly? Not Always

July 15, 2015 — Fuel cells are regarded as the technology of the future for both cars and household heating systems. As a result, they have a key role to play in the switch to renewable energies. But are fuel cells ... read more

July 15, 2015 — When a rhythm stalls, the effect can be fatal -- in a power grid it can mean a blackout, and in the human heart even death. An international team of scientists has now developed a new approach for ... read more

New Fuel-Cell Materials Pave the Way for Practical Hydrogen-Powered Cars

July 15, 2015 — Hydrogen fuel cells promise clean cars that emit only water. Several major car manufacturers have recently announced their investment to increase the availability of fueling stations, while others ... read more

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