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August 31, 2015

Aug. 20, 2015 — A group of scientists has replaced diesel with kinetic energy, saving up to 20 thousand liters of fuel annually, they say, adding that this includes a series of energetically self-sustained boxes for ... read more

Aug. 18, 2015 — Jet fuel, when combined with sustained noise, may cause brain-related injury and lead to multiple conditions. Clinical conditions such as anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and post-traumatic ... read more

Aug. 17, 2015 — By combining information about power plant operation with real-time air quality predictions, researchers have created a new capability to minimize the human health effects of air pollution resulting ... read more

Aug. 14, 2015 — Another barrier to commercially viable biofuels from sources other than corn has fallen with the engineering of a microbe that improves isobutanol yields by a factor of ... read more

Unlikely Element Turns Up in Enzyme; Commercial Renewable Fuels Might Ultimately Result

Aug. 14, 2015 — Tungsten is exceptionally rare in biological systems. Thus, it came as a huge surprise to researchers when they discovered it in what appeared to be a novel enzyme in the hot spring-inhabiting ... read more

Aug. 13, 2015 — A biochemist is studying Camelina sativa -- a nonfood oilseed crop -- to see how it can be used for biofuel or even industrial and food-related ... read more

Flexible, Biodegradable Device Can Generate Power from Touch

Aug. 12, 2015 — Long-standing concerns about portable electronics include the devices' short battery life and their contribution to e-waste. One group of scientists is now working on a way to address both of ... read more

Aug. 11, 2015 — The metal components that make up industrial machines are subject to tremendous wear and tear. But a newly patented technology could greatly extend the lifetime of mechanical ... read more

Aug. 11, 2015 — 1,3-Diaminopropane is a three carbon diamine, which has a wide range of industrial applications including epoxy resin and cross-linking agents, as well as precursors for pharmaceuticals, ... read more

Aug. 10, 2015 — Wind energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a new report. The prices offered by wind projects to utility purchasers averaged under 2.5¢/kWh for projects negotiating contracts in 2014, ... read more

Aug. 7, 2015 — The chemical reactions that make methanol from carbon dioxide rely on a catalyst to speed up the conversion, and scientists identified a new material that could fill this role. With its unique ... read more

Aug. 7, 2015 — There are no magic bullets for global energy needs. But fuel cells in which electrical energy is harnessed directly from live, self-sustaining chemical reactions promise cheaper alternatives to ... read more

Aug. 6, 2015 — Chemists have discovered an unexpected way to use plasmonic metal, harvesting the high energy electrons excited by light in plasmon and then using this energy to do chemistry. Plasmon is a collective ... read more

Aug. 6, 2015 — Easily manufactured, low cost, lightweight, flexible dielectric polymers that can operate at high temperatures may be the solution to energy storage and power conversion in electric vehicles and ... read more

Aug. 5, 2015 — One big problem faced by electrodes in rechargeable batteries, as they go through repeated cycles of charging and discharging, is that they must expand and shrink during each cycle -- sometimes ... read more

Sustainable Production: Cyanobacteria Can Manufacture Biocatalysts for Industry

Aug. 5, 2015 — Using photosynthetically active microorganisms, researchers have succeeded in manufacturing several biocatalysts suitable for industrial application: a crucial step towards sustainable chemical ... read more

Aug. 4, 2015 — Solar-Active-Houses heat themselves using heat collectors and water tanks. However, no one had conducted an objective assessment of how efficiently they do so. Now researchers have put some of these ... read more

Aug. 4, 2015 — A novel process configuration has been developed for producing clean middle-distillate fuels from coal with minimal ... read more

Aug. 1, 2015 — After debuting the world's first solar air battery last fall, researchers have now reached a new milestone. They report that their patent-pending design -- which combines a solar cell and a ... read more

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

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