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Heart Healthy Diet

Food for Thought

From the standpoint of heart health, the Tsimane are a model group. A population indigenous to the Bolivian Amazon, the Tsimane demonstrate next to...
combustion principle

Researchers Develop New Baking Method for Improved Energy Efficiency in Ovens

You don’t necessarily think about energy efficiency and protecting the environment while taking a bite of your bread roll at breakfast time. But baked...
biorefineries

Diverse Biofeedstocks Have High Ethanol Yields and Offer Biorefineries Flexibility

The Science Biorefineries are picky eaters. They only consume one or two types of plant matter. Researchers processed and experimentally measured ethanol production from five...
environmental change

Warmer Temperatures Lengthen Growing Season, Increase Plants’ Vulnerability to Frost

The Science By warming mature spruce trees and surrounding plants in containment tents in a Minnesota peat bog, researchers examined what happens when the growing...
Rooftop Device

Stanford Researchers Develop a Rooftop Device That Can Make Solar Power...

Stanford electrical engineer Shanhui Fan wants to revolutionize energy-producing rooftop arrays. Today, such arrays do one thing – they turn sunlight into electricity. But Fan’s lab has...
grid software, energy, Transformational Energy Technologies, High-Performance Solar Power, arpa-e, REFUEL

Department of Energy Announces First-Ever Grid Software Competition

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today announced the launch of the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) first ever Grid Optimization (GO) Competition(link is external). The...
solar cells

Tiny Titanium Barrier Halts Big Problem in Fuel-Producing Solar Cells

The Science What if we could turn sunlight and water into fuel? That’s the idea behind certain types of solar cells. Known as dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cells,...
perovskite solar cells

New Efficiency Record for Low-Cost Solar Cell

Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have achieved a new record efficiency for low-cost semi-transparent perovskite solar cells in a breakthrough that could...

Calculating Switzerland’s Energy Carbon Footprint More Accurately

Despite recent advances in power grid technology, engineers still struggle to measure the carbon footprint of one kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy used in Switzerland....
Ocean Energy

New Technologies in the Ocean Energy Sector

An integrated systems approach is necessary for their successful commercialisation. It still takes a level of almost science fiction fantasy to imagine that we can...
Methane fuel cells

Finally, a Robust Fuel Cell that Runs on Methane at Practical...

Fuel cells have not been particularly known for their practicality and affordability, but that may have just changed. There’s a new cell that runs...
redox flow batteries

Harnessing the Power of Sustainable Energy

Energy production can be expensive, or inefficient, or toxic to the environment — or some unfortunate combination of the three. But Jesse Hinricher thinks...
quantum computer

Berkeley Computer Theorists Show Path to Verifying That Quantum Beats Classical

Quantum supremacy is the term that describes a quantum computer’s ability to solve a computational task that would be prohibitively difficult for any classical...
Tiny Light Detectors

Stanford Engineers Develop Tiny Light Detectors That Work like Gecko Ears

Geckos and many other animals have heads that are too small to triangulate the location of noises the way we do, with widely spaced...
solar cell

A Solar Cell That Does Double Duty for Renewable Energy

In the quest for abundant, renewable alternatives to fossil fuels, scientists have sought to harvest the sun’s energy through “water splitting,” an artificial photosynthesis...
metal-organic framework

Novel Material Could Make Plastic Manufacturing More Energy-Efficient

An innovative filtering material may soon reduce the environmental cost of manufacturing plastic. Created by a team including scientists at the National Institute of...
metamaterials

Study Breaks FöRster Resonant Energy Transfer (FRET) Distance Limit

Using engineered nanocomposite structures called metamaterials, a City College of New York-led research team reports the ability to measure a significant increase in the...
tropical storms

How Does the Ocean’s Saltiness Affect Tropical Storms?

Pounding winds, rising water, flooded homes. While many of us have seen the images of hurricanes and other tropical storms on TV, both Karthik...
Rare Earth Metals

Shining Light on the Separation of Rare Earth Metals

The Science Inside smartphones and computer displays are metals known as the rare earths. Mining and purifying these metals involves waste- and energy-intense processes. Better...
Energy Source for Muscle

Researchers Plan to Develop Alternative Energy Source for Muscle

Muscle biophysicist Ned Debold in the kinesiology department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s School of Public Health and Health Sciences, with Dhandapani Venkataraman...