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May 2, 2016

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May 2, 2016

The Contrarian Dance of DNA

Apr. 20, 2016 — A piece of DNA's movements are often counterintuitive to those of objects in our everyday grasp. A rod of rubber, for example: bend it until its ends meet, and you can count on the elastic ... read more

Taking the Heat out of Energy Conversion

Apr. 6, 2016 — A more accurate method of modeling heat generation and transfer in electromagnetic machines could lead to more efficient electric ... read more

Apr. 5, 2016 — A simulation technique has been developed as part of a project to help reduce the cost of carbon nanostructures for research and potential commercial technologies, including advanced sensors and ... read more

Apr. 5, 2016 — While electrocaloric materials have been investigated as a method of on-demand microclimate control, there's a catch -- the external field needs to remain active, which is energy-consuming and ... read more

Back to Basics With Thermoelectric Power

Apr. 5, 2016 — The force that puts electrons to work to harness waste heat is linked to the ability of electrons to diffuse through the material. Potential applications in the field of electrical power production ... read more

Apr. 1, 2016 — An atmospheric scientist has flown on planes outfitted with high tech equipment through wildfire plumes and over the ocean, and has visited stations all over the globe to observe aerosols and ... read more

Apr. 1, 2016 — For the first time, researchers have been able to see what makes this titanium alloy so strong -- and then make it ... read more

Apr. 1, 2016 — The silver electrical contacts that carry electricity out of about 90 percent of the solar modules on the market are also one of their most expensive parts. Now scientists have used X-rays to observe ... read more

Mar. 31, 2016 — Researchers have demonstrated that heat transfer can be made 100 times stronger than has been predicted, simply by bringing two objects extremely close -- at nanoscale distances -- without touching. ... read more

Energy Recycling Heats Up

Mar. 30, 2016 — Scientists have developed a novel system that recovers energy normally lost in industrial ... read more

Mar. 28, 2016 — A "piezo-optomechanical circuit" has been developed that converts signals among optical, acoustic and radio waves. A system based on this design could move and store information in ... read more

Mar. 28, 2016 — A new study finds that novel light-weight composite metal foams are significantly more effective at insulating against high heat than the conventional base metals and alloys that they're made ... read more

Mar. 25, 2016 — Engineers have developed a way to make a magnetic material that could lead to lighter and smaller, cheaper and better-performing high-frequency transformers, needed for more flexible energy storage ... 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

Mar. 17, 2016 — A new technique for killing bacteria in seconds using highly porous gold nanodisks and light has been developed by researchers. The method could one day help hospitals treat some common infections ... 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. 15, 2016 — Physicists have long regarded plasma turbulence as unruly behavior that can limit the performance of fusion experiments. But new findings indicate that turbulent swirls of plasma could benefit one of ... read more

Mar. 15, 2016 — Physicists are seeing big potential in small semiconductor nanowires for improved optical infrared sensor ... read more

Mar. 15, 2016 — Better thermometers might be possible as a result of a discovery, where physicists have found a way to calibrate temperature measurements by monitoring the tiny motions of a nanomechanical system ... read more

Mar. 14, 2016 — The batteries that power the ubiquitous devices of modern life, from smartphones and computers to electric cars, are mostly made of toxic materials such as lithium that can be difficult to dispose of ... read more

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