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February 21, 2017

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Feb. 8, 2017 — Decreasing the emission linewidth from a molecule is one of the key aims in precision spectroscopy. One approach is based on cooling molecules to near absolute zero. An alternative way is to localize ... read more

Svalbard's Electric Power Could Come from Hydrogen

Feb. 7, 2017 — The energy supply to Longyearbyen, midway between continental Norway and the North Pole, is a hot topic in the climate debate. Longyearbyen is the largest settlement and the administrative centre of ... read more

100% Renewable Energy Sources Require Overcapacity

Jan. 25, 2017 — Germany decided to go nuclear-free by 2022. A CO2-emission-free electricity supply system based on intermittent sources, such as wind and solar -- or photovoltaic (PV) -- power could replace nuclear ... read more

Jan. 24, 2017 — Using a natural catalyst from bacteria for inspiration, researchers have now reported the fastest synthetic catalysts to date for hydrogen production-- producing 45 million hydrogen molecules per ... read more

Technological Progress Alone Won't Stem Resource Use

Jan. 19, 2017 — While some scientists believe that the world can achieve significant dematerialization through improvements in technology, a new study finds that technological advances alone will not bring about ... read more

Harnessing the Energy of Fireworks for Fuel

Jan. 18, 2017 — The world relies heavily on gasoline and other hydrocarbons to power its cars and trucks. In search of an alternative fuel type, some researchers are turning to the stuff of fireworks and explosives: ... read more

Jan. 18, 2017 — Solar cells convert light into electricity. While the sun is one source of light, the burning of natural resources like oil and natural gas can also be ... read more

A Better Way to Make Renewable Hydrogen

Jan. 17, 2017 — Scientists have developed a method which boosts the longevity of high-efficiency photocathodes in photoelectrochemical water-splitting ... read more

Scientists Make Plastic from Pine Trees

Jan. 17, 2017 — Most current plastics are made from oil, which is unsustainable. However, scientists have now developed a renewable plastic from a chemical called pinene found in pine ... read more

New Technology Will Cut Plug-in Hybrid Fuel Consumption by One Third

Jan. 10, 2017 — Engineers have taken inspiration from biological evolution and the energy savings garnered by birds flying in formation to improve the efficiency of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) by more ... read more

For Chemicals, Mega Is out and Bio Is in

Jan. 9, 2017 — Engineers propose that the future of chemical production lies in decentralized biomanufacturing facilities that will push innovation and achieve efficiency not possible at today's ... read more

Jan. 9, 2017 — The rollout of Sweden’s first wireless charging buses earlier this month was coupled with something the rest of the world could use – namely, a tool for cities to determine the environmental and ... read more

Species Diversity Reduces Chances of Crop Failure in Algal Biofuel Systems

Jan. 9, 2017 — When growing algae in outdoor ponds as a next-generation biofuel, a naturally diverse mix of species will help reduce the chance of crop failure, according to a new ... read more

Green Chemistry: Au Naturel Catalyst Mimics Nature to Break Tenacious Carbon-Hydrogen Bond

Jan. 4, 2017 — A new catalyst for breaking the tough molecular bond between carbon and hydrogen holds the promise of a cleaner, easier, cheaper way to derive products from petroleum, say researchers. Simple, ... read more

Jan. 4, 2017 — A research team has projected the potential affects of carbon emissions standards in the year 2020. Their work shows that key crops and tree species would benefit from policies that would limit the ... read more

Jan. 4, 2017 — A new study has introduced a new artificial leaf that generates hydrogen, using the power of the Sun to mimic underwater ... read more

New Insights Into Fluctuations of Wind Energy, With Implications for Engineering and Policy

Dec. 31, 2016 — The amount of energy generated by renewables fluctuates depending on the natural variability of resources at any given time. The sun isn't always shining, nor is the wind always blowing, so ... read more

Dec. 20, 2016 — Researchers have developed an efficient "green" hydrogen production system that operates at room temperature in ... read more

Dec. 19, 2016 — Researchers have analyzed 125 compounds from oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico to determine their longevity at different ... read more

Dec. 19, 2016 — Scientists are exploring water management in an alternative proton exchange membrane type, called PFIA. The experiments have been conducted using the infrared facilities of BESSY II synchrotron to ... read more

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