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Apr. 30, 2015 — Synchrotron radiation facilities provide insights into the world of very small structures like microbes, viruses or nanomaterials and rely on dedicated magnet technology, which is optimized to ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — Researchers have discovered that electron spin brings a previously unknown degree of order to the high entropy alloy nickel iron chromium cobalt -- and may play a role in giving the alloy its ... read more

New Mathematical Method Enhances Hydrology Simulations

Apr. 15, 2015 — A team applied sophisticated mathematical solutions to fine tune water and energy exchange parameters, numerical stand-ins for complex processes, to more accurately simulate water and energy fluxes ... read more

Apr. 14, 2015 — Scientists have established a method to simulate in the lab the soiling and weathering of roofing materials, reproducing in only a few days the solar reflectance of roofing products naturally aged ... 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 — 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

Apr. 13, 2015 — How can a pleasant vehicle climate be achieved efficiently? Researchers found that the potential of energy-efficient air conditioning is all but exhausted. And this applies also to gasoline-powered ... 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

Saving Energy With Smart Façades

Apr. 9, 2015 — Glass-fronted office buildings are some of the biggest energy consumers, and regulating their temperature is a big job. Now a façade element developed by researchers and designers for glass fronts ... read more

Apr. 8, 2015 — Refining natural gas into an easy-to-transport, easy-to-store liquid so far has been a challenge. But now, a new material is making this process a little ... read more

Apr. 8, 2015 — Thermochromic nano-coatings employed appropriately can help reduce energy usage and generate savings. The coatings either absorb heat or permit its reflection, depending on their ... read more

Apr. 7, 2015 — Researchers have developed a model that explains how heat flows between objects separated by gaps of less than a nanometer. The team has developed a unified framework that calculates heat transport ... read more

Accelerating Materials Discovery With World's Largest Database of Elastic Properties

Apr. 6, 2015 — Scientists have published the world's largest set of data on the complete elastic properties of inorganic compounds, increasing by an order of magnitude the number of compounds for which such ... read more

Apr. 6, 2015 — Temperature is one of the key variables in studying the ocean. A fiber-optic sensor can register significantly smaller temperature changes, roughly 30 times faster than existing commercial ... read more

Miniature Wires Could Help Devices Convert Heat, Including Own Waste Heat, Into Electricity

Apr. 6, 2015 — A mathematical model of heat flow through miniature wires could help develop thermoelectric devices that efficiently convert heat -- even their own waste heat -- into ... read more

Apr. 3, 2015 — An experiment has revealed an unlikely behavior in a class of materials called frustrated magnets, addressing a long-debated question about the nature of these discontented quantum materials. The ... read more

Apr. 2, 2015 — Scientists have developed a scalable production method for a state of the art alloy for the use in solid state thermoelectric devices.  This new alloy is nearly twice as efficient as existing ... read more

How to Make a Profit from Rotting Garbage

Mar. 31, 2015 — Landfills can make a profit from all their rotting waste and a new patent explains exactly how to make the most out of the stinky garbage sites. Decomposing trash produces methane, a landfill gas ... read more

Mar. 30, 2015 — Scientists have developed a thermometer that is at least 100 times more sensitive than previous temperature sensors. It consists of a bio-synthetic hybrid material of tobacco cells and ... read more

Scientists Convert Microbubbles to Nanoparticles

Mar. 30, 2015 — Biomedical researchers have successfully converted microbubble technology already used in diagnostic imaging into nanoparticles that stay trapped in tumors to potentially deliver targeted, ... read more

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