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September 5, 2015

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September 5, 2015

How to Curb Emissions: Put a Price on Carbon

Sep. 3, 2015 — Literally putting a price on carbon pollution and other greenhouse gasses is the best approach for nurturing the rapid growth of renewable energy and reducing emissions. While prospects for a ... read more

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

Sensor Mimics Bats to Detect Dangerous Structural Cracks

Aug. 17, 2015 — An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed – with inspiration from the natural ... 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

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

Research Explores Future Energy Security of China

July 30, 2015 — China needs to reduce its dependence on coal and improve the range of fuels it uses if it is to have long term energy security, according to new research. The study looks at the future of electricity ... read more

July 29, 2015 — A cutting-edge method of reducing the carbon dioxide content of natural gas, a process of major economic and environmental importance in the oil and gas industry, has been developed by ... read more

Study Is First to Quantify Global Population Growth Compared to Energy Use

July 24, 2015 — As global population grew from about 500 million in 1560 to more than 7 billion, energy usage outpaced population growth. This in effect increased the world's carrying capacity and allowed ... read more

Powerful, Efficient Ceramic Fuel Cells Could Enable in-Home Production of Electricity from Natural Gas

July 23, 2015 — The development of affordable and efficient ceramic fuel cells that could be used to power homes is the culmination of five years worth of work, investigators say. The research would enable more ... 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

Economic Slump, Not Natural Gas Boom, Responsible for Drop in CO2 Emissions

July 21, 2015 — The 11 percent decrease in climate change-causing carbon dioxide emissions in the US between 2007 and 2013 was caused by the global financial recession -- not the reduced use of coal, research ... read more

July 21, 2015 — Scientist's investigations show that drinking water sources may be threatened by thousands of shallow oil and gas wells mined with the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing. A new study ... read more

July 20, 2015 — Fossil fuel emissions could soon make it impossible for radiocarbon dating to distinguish new materials from artefacts that are hundreds of years ... read more

July 20, 2015 — Scientists have put firm numbers on the high costs of installing pipelines to transport hydrogen fuel and also found a way to reduce those costs. Researchers calculated that hydrogen-specific steel ... read more

Hydraulic Fracturing Linked to Increases in Hospitalization Rates in the Marcellus Shale

July 15, 2015 — Hospitalizations for heart conditions, neurological illness, and other conditions were higher among people who live near unconventional gas and oil drilling (hydraulic fracturing), according to new ... 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

Barnett Shale Research Raises New Concerns About Methane Emissions

July 7, 2015 — Some natural gas wells, compressor stations and processing plants in the Barnett Shale leak far more methane than previously estimated, potentially offsetting the climate benefits of natural gas, a ... read more

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