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Apr. 4, 2016 — A system to generate electricity from coal with much greater efficiency has been designed by researchers, possibly reaching as much as twice the fuel-to-electricity efficiency of today's ... read more

Sniffing out a Dangerous Vapor

Mar. 26, 2016 — Engineers have developed a new type of fiber material for a handheld scanner that can detect small traces of alkane fuel vapor, a valuable advancement that could be an early-warning signal for leaks ... read more

Mar. 24, 2016 — Using a new hybrid breed of computational and experimental chemistry, an international team of chemists was able to solve a puzzle that has been dubbed a 'Holy Grail reaction' and devise a ... read more

Novel Water-Removal Technique Boosts Performance of Carbon Nanomaterials

Mar. 23, 2016 — New research illuminating water’s critical role in forming catalysts for oxygen reduction in materials has revealed the key to designing next-generation carbon nanomaterials with enhanced ... read more

Mar. 21, 2016 — As the demand for thinner microelectronic devices increases, manufacturers often are limited by how oddly shaped the energy sources must become to make them conform to the smaller space. Now, ... read more

'Ethereal Carbon': B.C. Government Presents a Fossil Fuel as 'Clean'

Mar. 21, 2016 — Despite worldwide concern about the consequences of “fracking”, the British Columbia government is presenting its proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry as both an economic benefit to the ... read more

Mar. 18, 2016 — Solar fuels, clean fuels from sunlight, water and CO2, form an attractive way for storing solar energy in hydrogen or hydrocarbons, for example. The efficiency of this technology still needs a ... read more

Mar. 17, 2016 — America's oil consumption far exceeds that of every other country in the world. What's more, it's unsustainable. Soybeans, an important dietary protein and the current primary source ... read more

Researchers Crack 50-Year-Old Nuclear Waste Problem, Make Storage Safer

Mar. 16, 2016 — Researchers have adapted a technology developed for solar energy in order to selectively remove one of the trickiest and most-difficult-to-remove elements in nuclear waste pools across the country, ... read more

Mar. 16, 2016 — Hype followed by disappointment: That's been the general pattern over the past few decades when an alternative fuel is presented to the public. It's a fuel du jour phenomenon, from methanol ... read more

New Fuel Materials Could Make Nuclear Reactors Safer

Mar. 16, 2016 — Nuclear power is an important energy source and is essential as a clean energy to reduce current carbon emissions from fossil fuels. However, many people feel the risk of nuclear accidents does not ... read more

Mar. 16, 2016 — A new kind of fuel cell that can turn urine into electricity could revolutionize the way we produce bioenergy, particularly in developing countries. The research describes a new design of microbial ... read more

Mar. 15, 2016 — By combining two materials on the atomic scale, scientists built a designer interface that separates electrons and holes; this work matters because those electrons could go on to drive reactions that ... read more

Oil and Natural Gas Boom Causes Methane Emissions to Increase

Mar. 15, 2016 — Like carbon dioxide, methane is one of the most important greenhouse gases. After a period of stagnation around 2000, atmospheric methane concentrations started to rise again in 2007. So far, the ... read more

Hydrocarbon Storage, Fracking and Lightning Risk

Mar. 14, 2016 — Fires caused by lightning strikes on hydrocarbon storage plants are a century-old, yet to be addressed, problem, according to new research. In the era of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, this is ... read more

Mar. 14, 2016 — A new materials recipe has been developed for a battery-like hydrogen fuel cell that shields the nanocrystals from oxygen, moisture and contaminants while pushing its performance forward in key ... read more

Mar. 9, 2016 — Scientists have discovered a novel way to make plastic from carbon dioxide and inedible plant material, such as agricultural waste and grasses. Researchers say the new technology could provide a ... read more

Mar. 9, 2016 — To draw lipids out of algae, scientists must starve the algae of nitrogen. Among the hundreds of proteins modulated by nitrogen starvation, the synthesis ROC40 was the most induced when the cells ... read more

Made in a Day: New Catalyst Removes Sulfur from Crude Oil

Mar. 9, 2016 — The reduction of sulfur in the manufacture of gasoline and diesel generates large amounts of greenhouse gases, so specialists created an innovative catalytic material that removes this element, and ... read more

Mar. 8, 2016 — Researchers have determined the most climate-friendly use of natural gas is replacement of existing coal-fired power plants and fuel-oil furnaces rather than burning it in cars and ... read more

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