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February 14, 2016

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February 14, 2016

U.S. Science and Technology Leadership Increasingly Challenged by Advances in Asia

Jan. 19, 2016 — According to the latest federal data, the US science and engineering enterprise still leads the world. The United States invests the most in research and development, produces the most advanced ... read more

Jan. 18, 2016 — A solar-panel material that can cut down on photovoltaic costs while achieving competitive power-conversion efficiency of 20.2 percent has been created by ... read more

Jan. 18, 2016 — An international team of researchers has taken a step toward achieving controlled nuclear fusion -- a process that powers the sun and other stars, and has the potential to supply the world with ... read more

How Will Climate Policy Affect Energy Access Goals?

Jan. 14, 2016 — Without new subsidies and policies to support increased energy access, new climate policies could push access to modern energy out of reach for millions in Asia. Currently, three billion people ... read more

From Poop to Power

Jan. 13, 2016 — What happens after you flush the toilet is becoming a big deal. In a new article, researchers propose a paradigm-shifting change in the treatment of wastewater, a shift they say could have a dramatic ... read more

Jan. 13, 2016 — Researchers demonstrate in a new study the precise mechanism by which sunlight generates electrical charge within cutting-edge solar cell film, yielding potential benefits for solar power ... read more

Second-Generation Biofuels Can Reduce Emissions

Jan. 11, 2016 — Second-generation biofuel crops like the perennial grasses Miscanthus and switchgrass can efficiently meet emission reduction goals without significantly displacing cropland used for food production, ... read more

Global Learning Is Needed to Save Carbon Capture and Storage from Being Abandoned

Jan. 11, 2016 — Governments should not be abandoning carbon capture and storage, argues a researcher, as it is the only realistic way of dramatically reducing carbon emissions. Instead, they should be investing in ... read more

Jan. 8, 2016 — The Paris climate summit ended last year with landmark national commitments for greenhouse gas reductions, but much of the hard work of reducing emissions will fall on cities to change their ... read more

Jan. 8, 2016 — Plastic solar cells are light, easy to install, and readily produced using a printer. Nevertheless, the processes that take place on the molecular scale during the production of organic solar cells ... read more

Optimum Band Gap for Hybrid Silicon/perovskite Tandem Solar Cell

Jan. 8, 2016 — Tandem solar cells based on silicon and perovskites have raised high hopes for future high efficiency solar modules. A team has now shown that an ultimate efficiency of 30 percent should be ... read more

Jan. 7, 2016 — Advocates of huge hydroelectric dam projects on the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong river basins often overestimate economic benefits and underestimate far-reaching effects on biodiversity, according to a ... read more

Jan. 6, 2016 — In the quest for sustainable alternative energy and fuel sources, one viable solution may be the conversion of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into liquid fuels, say ... read more

Renewable Energy for State Renewable Portfolio Standards Yielded Sizable Benefits

Jan. 6, 2016 — Billions in dollars in benefits come from reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and from reductions in other air pollution for state renewable portfolio standard policies operating in 2013, a new study ... read more

Worldwide Electricity Production Vulnerable to Climate and Water Resource Change

Jan. 4, 2016 — Climate change impacts on rivers and streams may substantially reduce electricity production capacity around the world. A new study calls for a greater focus on adaptation efforts in order to ... read more

Increasing Liquefied Natural Gas Exports 'Marginally Positive' for US Economy

Jan. 4, 2016 — Increasing the United States' export of liquefied natural gas above 12 billion cubic feet per day would allow the US to continue to provide a competitive advantage for domestic ... read more

Metabolic Pathway in Cyanobacteria Could Yield Better Biofuels, Bioproducts from Photosynthesis

Dec. 22, 2015 — A metabolic pathway previously only suggested to be functional in photosynthetic organisms is actually a major pathway and can enable efficient conversion of carbon dioxide to organic compounds, ... read more

Dec. 18, 2015 — Underground heat islands in cities have an enormous geothermal potential. Warm groundwater can be used to produce sustainable energy for heating and cooling. Researchers have now developed a new ... read more

Norway's EV Purchasing Spree Is Climate Friendly, Researchers Say

Dec. 18, 2015 — If every other passenger car in Norway is plugged into the electric network by 2020, Europe will have to produce more electricity – mainly from coal-fired power plants – to meet the demand. But ... read more

Fuel Economy Improvements in US Climate Commitment on Par With 1970s Gains

Dec. 15, 2015 — To hold up its end of the landmark climate deal signed in Paris last week, the U.S. will need to make cars and trucks of the future far more fuel efficient. New research shows that automakers won’t ... read more

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