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May 25, 2016

Truck Turns Its Own Heat Into Power

May 24, 2016 — A 195-year-old discovery is behind a new system that will save vehicles hundreds of liters of fuel and reduce their carbon emissions by as much as 1,000 tons per ... read more

May 16, 2016 — New technology for cleaning oil from lakes is best suited for lakes with thick sediments: stony, clay or sandy bottom, report scienitsts. This method allows cleaning both sediments and water and ... read more

May 13, 2016 — In traditional light-harvesting methods, energy from one photon only excites one electron or none depending on the absorber's energy gap. The remaining energy is lost as heat. But a new article ... read more

May 13, 2016 — Recently, engineers placed a single layer of MoS2 molecules on top of a photonic structure called an optical nanocavity made of aluminum oxide and aluminum. The results are promising. The MoS2 ... read more

May 12, 2016 — Researchers have microwaved composite materials of graphene nanoribbons and thermoset polymers to dramatically reinforce ... read more

May 12, 2016 — Stanford and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory jointly run the world's leading program for isolating and studying diamondoids — the tiniest possible specks of diamond. Found naturally in ... read more

May 10, 2016 — Radium isotopes in soils can be used to determine the age of oil and gas wastewater spills, research shows. Three new isotopic age-dating methods developed by the team could be useful for identifying ... read more

May 10, 2016 — Researchers have engineered a strain of bacteria that enables a 'one-pot' method for producing advanced biofuels from a slurry of pre-treated plant material. The achievement is a critical ... read more

May 9, 2016 — Microbiologists have cracked the genetic code of how bacteria broke down oil to help clean up the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, revealing that some bacteria have far greater potential for consuming ... read more

Catalytic Nanocages: Hollow and Filled With Potential

May 6, 2016 — Catalytic nanocages, which are tiny, open structures with reactive surfaces that could boost key chemical processes, are notoriously difficult to synthesize. Scientists recently succeeded in a new ... read more

May 3, 2016 — Too much sunlight can harm plants; with an eye to learning from nature's success, scientists found that an orange-colored protein that protects cyanobacteria from overexposure to sunlight shifts ... read more

Apr. 29, 2016 — Researchers are working on the creation of a bio-battery that uses blood glucose to produce energy. Such a battery would cut down on the number of surgical interventions a pacemaker user must ... read more

Cactus-Inspired Skin Gives Electric Cars a Spike

Apr. 28, 2016 — Inspired by the humble cactus, a new type of membrane has the potential to significantly boost the performance of fuel cells and transform the electric vehicle ... read more

Engineers Produce Biodiesel from Microalgae in Three Hours

Apr. 27, 2016 — By using native cells from the Lake of Texcoco, researchers reduce biofuel production ... read more

Nanotube Semiconductors Well-Suited for PV Systems

Apr. 26, 2016 — Researchers have discovered single-walled carbon nanotube semiconductors could be favorable for photovoltaic systems because they can potentially convert sunlight to electricity or fuels without ... read more

One Oil Field a Key Culprit in Global Ethane Gas Increase

Apr. 26, 2016 — A single US shale oil field is responsible for much of the past decade's increase in global atmospheric levels of ethane, a gas that can damage air quality and impact climate, according to new ... read more

Groundwater Quality Changes Alongside Expansion of Hydraulic Fracturing

Apr. 26, 2016 — New research demonstrates that groundwater quality changes alongside the expansion of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing but also suggests that some potentially hazardous effects may ... read more

Could Off-Grid Electricity Systems Accelerate Energy Access?

Apr. 26, 2016 — Small off-grid electricity systems are growing rapidly in South Asia. A new study provides the first assessment of how these systems are impacting communities in the ... read more

Environmental Impacts of Demand-Side Technologies, Strategies for Carbon Mitigation

Apr. 25, 2016 — A new article aims to advance our understanding of life cycle environmental and natural resource implications of energy efficiency ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — A thermoelectric (TE) device using cutting edge thermoelectric conversion technology has been created by a team of researchers. Thermoelectric conversion technology that converts energy abandoned as ... read more

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