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May 6, 2015

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May 6, 2015

Could Mobile Phone Data Help Bring Electricity to the Developing World?

May 6, 2015 — Researchers have used anonymized cell phone data to assess the feasibility of electrification options for rural communities in Senegal, demonstrating a potentially valuable approach to using data to ... read more

May 6, 2015 — Storms are capable of paralyzing entire cities. Only recently, in the first week of April, large parts of Germany were deprived of power due to hurricane-force winds. Rail services were cancelled, ... read more

May 1, 2015 — Synthetic microscopic beads sense changes in their environment and self-propel to migrate upstream, a step toward the realization of biomimetic microsystems with the ability to sense and respond to ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — A new study demonstrates that perovskite materials - superefficient crystal structures that have recently taken the scientific community by storm - contain flaws that can be engineered to improve ... read more

Energy Consumption Rises With Automated Bill Payment

Apr. 29, 2015 — The adage 'out of sight, out of mind' applies to utility consumption, according to new research. A study of 16 years of billing records from one South Carolina electric utility found that ... read more

Artificial Photosynthesis Could Help Make Fuels, Plastics and Medicine

Apr. 29, 2015 — The global industrial sector accounts for more than half of the total energy used every year. Now scientists are inventing a new artificial photosynthetic system that could one day reduce ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — Researchers have conducted the most comprehensive study yet of the full cost of saving electricity by U.S. utility efficiency programs and now have an answer: 4.6 cents. That’s the average total ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — The secret desire of urban daydreamers staring out their office windows at the sad brick walls of the building opposite them may soon be answered thanks to transparent light shutters. A novel liquid ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — For the first time, industry and policymakers have a comprehensive report detailing the U.S. hydropower fleet's 2,198 plants that provide about 7 percent of the nation's ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — The demand for more air conditioning will also cause consumers to use more electricity causing stress on energy prices, infrastructure, and environmental policy, according to a new ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — Engineering researchers have invented a novel electrical power converter system that simultaneously accepts power from a variety of energy sources and converts it for use in the electrical grid ... read more

Apr. 24, 2015 — Cerium is a widely available and inexpensive rare-earth metal. Scientists have used it to create a high-performance magnet that's similar in performance to traditional dysprosium-containing ... read more

Apr. 24, 2015 — Using a novel microscopy technique, scientists revealed a major enhancement of coupling between electric and magnetic dipoles. The discovery could lead to devices for use in computer memory or ... read more

Apr. 24, 2015 — Researchers have shown that a laser-generated microplasma in air can be used as a source of broadband terahertz radiation. They demonstrate that an approach for generating terahertz waves using ... read more

Heat Makes Electrons' Spin in Magnetic Superconductors

Apr. 24, 2015 — Physicists have shown how heat can be exploited for controlling magnetic properties of matter. The finding helps in the development of more efficient mass ... read more

Improvement to Global Software Standard for Analyzing Fusion Plasmas

Apr. 24, 2015 — The gold standard for analyzing the behavior of fusion plasmas may have just gotten better. Computer scientists have just updated the worldwide computer program known as TRANSP to better simulate the ... read more

Revolutionary Discovery Leads to Invention of New 'Building Blocks'

Apr. 23, 2015 — Taking a revolutionary 'building blocks' approach, a research team has invented a new thinking pathway in the design and synthesis of macromolecules by creating an original class of giant ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — Scientists have created an electronic device so accurate that it can detect the charge of a single electron in less than one microsecond. It has been dubbed the 'gate sensor' and could be ... read more

Metamaterials Shine Bright as New Terahertz Source

Apr. 22, 2015 — Metamaterials allow design and use of light-matter interactions at a fundamental level. An efficient terahertz emission from two-dimensional arrays of gold split-ring resonator metamaterials was ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — The creation of devices to control phonons -- elusive atomic vibrations that transport heat energy in solids at speeds up to the speed of sound -- has taken a step forward when researchers ... read more

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