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February 26, 2017

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February 26, 2017

Feb. 7, 2017 — Electrochromic glass darkens automatically when the sun shines and keeps the heat out. Previously it was available only in blue, and switching times were also long. Now, a new process makes it ... read more

A Future for Skiing in a Warmer World

Feb. 1, 2017 — As the world struggles to make progress to limit climate change, researchers are finding ways to adapt to warmer winter temperatures -- by developing environmentally friendly ways of producing ... read more

Jan. 30, 2017 — Researchers have developed a wearable, wireless sensor that can monitor a person's skin hydration to detect dehydration before it poses a health problem. The device is lightweight, flexible and ... read more

Absorbing Electromagnetic Energy While Avoiding the Heat

Jan. 27, 2017 — Electrical engineers have created the world's first structured metamaterial made without metal that can absorb electromagnetic energy. The advance has direct applications in imaging, sensing and ... read more

Nordic Countries Are Bringing About an Energy Transition Worth Copying

Jan. 27, 2017 — What can we learn from the Nordic low-carbon energy transition given the new US leadership vacuum on climate change? A new study offers some important ... read more

Jan. 26, 2017 — Nearly a century after it was theorized, scientists have succeeded in creating metallic hydrogen. In addition to helping scientists answer fundamental questions about the nature of matter, the ... read more

Jan. 26, 2017 — Scientists have discovered that electrons in vanadium dioxide can conduct electricity without conducting heat, an exotic property in an unconventional material. The characteristic could lead to ... read more

Jan. 25, 2017 — Polyhedral boranes, or clusters of boron atoms bound to hydrogen atoms, are transforming the biomedical industry. These humanmade materials have become the basis for the creation of cancer therapies, ... read more

Jan. 19, 2017 — The discovery of a new type of quantum phase transition has been announced by researchers. This unique transition happens at an elastic quantum critical point, or QCP, where the phase transition ... read more

New Study Will Help Find the Best Locations for Thermal Power Stations in Iceland

Jan. 19, 2017 — A new research article gives indications of the best places in Iceland to build thermal power ... read more

Magnetic Recording With Light and No Heat

Jan. 18, 2017 — A strong short light pulse can record data on a magnetic layer of yttrium iron garnet doped with Co-ions. The novel mechanism outperforms existing alternatives allowing ever fastest write-read ... read more

Jan. 18, 2017 — The transport of heat in amorphous materials is largely determined by the behavior of phonons -- quasiparticles associated with the collective vibrations of atoms. Researchers have now developed ... 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

Discovery Could Lead to Jet Engines That Run Hotter -- And Cleaner

Jan. 17, 2017 — Researchers have made a discovery in materials science that sounds like something from the old Saturday morning cartoon Super Friends: they've found a way to deactivate 'nano twins' to ... read more

One Radiator to Heat a Whole Floor

Jan. 12, 2017 — Saving energy from building highly insulated homes — often called passive homes or zero-emissions homes — makes sense for the climate and for the homeowner's pocketbook. But what happens if ... read more

Jan. 10, 2017 — Can thermal solar energy be stored until wintertime? Within a European research consortium, scientists have spent four years studying this question by pitting three different techniques against each ... read more

Jan. 4, 2017 — Researchers show that tweaking graphene to place cones between it and nanotubes grown from its surface would form 'nano-chimneys' that help heat escape. The discovery offers a strategy to ... read more

Dec. 23, 2016 — While solar cell technology is currently being used by many industrial and government entities, it remains prohibitively expensive to many individuals who would like to utilize it. There is a need ... read more

Dec. 23, 2016 — Two physicists have discovered that basic concepts such as 'hot' or 'cold' apply to any system, even those far from equilibrium. Challenging established wisdom, the findings could ... read more

Dec. 22, 2016 — The same researchers who pioneered the use of a quantum mechanical effect to convert heat into electricity have figured out how to make their technique work in a form more suitable to ... read more

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