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April 25, 2015

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April 25, 2015

Vehicle Cost, Lack of Consumer Information Hinder Purchases of Plug-in Electric Vehicles

Apr. 22, 2015 — Vehicle cost, current battery technology, and inadequate consumer knowledge are some of the barriers preventing widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles, says a new congressionally mandated ... read more

Apr. 17, 2015 — Researchers have taken a significant step toward the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used in electric cars such as the Chevy Volt. They have shown they can ... read more

Apr. 15, 2015 — A new breakthrough battery -- one that has significantly higher energy, lasts longer, and is cheaper and safer -- will likely be impossible without a new material discovery. And a new material ... read more

Apr. 15, 2015 — Scientists have invented a prototype video camera that is the first to be fully self-powered -- it can produce an image each second, indefinitely, of a well-lit indoor scene. They designed a pixel ... read more

Apr. 15, 2015 — Electrical power comes out of wall sockets, of course. But hardly any electronic device can take normal line voltage. Computers, smartphones, LEDs, and chargers for instance cannot use electrical ... read more

Apr. 14, 2015 — Since lasers were invented in 1960, they have penetrated countless scientific, industrial and recreational fields: from eye surgery to DVD players, from cutting steel to triggering ignition in ... read more

Apr. 14, 2015 — Researchers have developed a graphene-based photodetector capable of converting absorbed light into an electrical voltage at ultrafast ... read more

Apr. 14, 2015 — Researchers have developed a novel design for electromagnetic energy harvesting based on the "full absorption concept." This involves the use of metamaterials that can be tailored to ... read more

Apr. 14, 2015 — Aerospace engineers have now developed a carbon nanotube film that can heat and solidify a composite without the need for massive ovens. When connected to an electrical power source, and wrapped over ... read more

New Technique Could Slash Energy Used to Produce Many Plastics

Apr. 14, 2015 — A new material could radically reduce the energy needed to produce a wide variety of plastic products, from grocery bags and cling wrap to replacement hips and bulletproof ... read more

Quantum Hall Effect: Quantization of 'Surface Dirac States' Could Lead to Exotic Applications

Apr. 14, 2015 — Researchers have uncovered the first evidence of an unusual quantum phenomenon -- the integer quantum Hall effect -- in a new type of film, called a 3-D topological insulator. This discovery could ... read more

Apr. 13, 2015 — Researchers have discovered a new way of manipulating the magnetic domain walls in ultrathin magnets that could one day revolutionize the electronics industry through a technology called ... read more

Apr. 13, 2015 — Scientists have developed a hyper-stretchable elastic-composite energy harvesting device called a ... read more

Making Battery Charges Last a Lot Longer: New Ways to See Light and Store Information

Apr. 13, 2015 — Researchers have developed a method that significantly prolongs the lives of charges in organic electronic ... read more

Big Data Technology Finds Ideal River Locations to Generate Hydro-Power

Apr. 13, 2015 — A new software app will improve sourcing of renewable energy from rivers. Researchers say hydropower is a cut-above solar and wind, as they provide a constant and reliable energy source with rivers ... read more

Apr. 10, 2015 — Scientists have encoded quantum information in silicon using simple electrical pulses for the first time, bringing the construction of affordable large-scale quantum computers one step closer to ... read more

Apr. 10, 2015 — Refrigeration and air conditioning may become more efficient and environmentally friendly thanks to the patent-pending work of physicists. The team has discovered a breakthrough magnetocaloric ... read more

Apr. 10, 2015 — Scientists engineered a strain of a consolidated bioprocessing bacterium that breaks down biomass without pretreatment, producing ethanol and demonstrating the successful conversion of switchgrass ... read more

New Material Could Boost Batteries' Power, Help Power Plants

Apr. 10, 2015 — You're going to have to think very small to understand something that has the potential to be very big. A team of researchers has developed a material that acts as a superhighway for ions. The ... read more

Research Could Usher in Next Generation of Batteries, Fuel Cells

Apr. 10, 2015 — Scientists have made a discovery that could dramatically improve the efficiency of batteries and fuel cells. The research involves improving the transport of oxygen ions, a key component in ... read more

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