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electronic plantsvideo

Storing Energy in Roses

Eleni Stavrinidou leads a research group at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics working with electronic plants. The research, which has until now been financed...
climate change

Hydroelectric Power Plants Have to Be Adapted for Climate Change

One of the aims of Switzerland’s 2050 Energy Strategy is to increase hydroelectric production. The Swiss government therefore also needs to predict the environment...
healthcare

Screening for Disease or Toxins in a Drop of Blood

The promise of being able to quickly and accurately screen for diseases or chemical contaminants in a tiny drop of blood has long been...
quantum

Physics Boosts Artificial Intelligence Methods

Despite the central role of physics in quantum computing, until now, no problem of interest for physics researchers has been resolved by quantum computing...
sugarcane

Modified Yeast Increases Sugar Output from Energy Sugarcane

Varieties of “energy sugarcane” obtained by crossbreeding the species Saccharum officinarum and Saccharum spontaneum have been grown in Brazil in recent years. More robust and...
biofuels

Beyond Biofuels: Berkeley Lab Facility a Catalyst for Broader Bio-based Economy

When the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Biofuels Process Development Unit (ABPDU) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) commenced operations in 2012, the...
laser

Laser-Focused: Chengyun Hua Turns the Heat up on Materials Research

In Chengyun Hua’s research, everything revolves around heat and how it moves. As a Russell Fellow at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National...
quantum materials

New Method to Detect Spin Current in Quantum Materials Unlocks Potential...

A new method that precisely measures the mysterious behavior and magnetic properties of electrons flowing across the surface of quantum materials could open a...
desalinationvideo

Toward Efficient High-Pressure Desalination

The desalination industry, a critical source of potable water in many arid regions, generated more than $13 billion last year and is expected to...
diesel engines

Cool Flames for Better Engines

A “cool flame” may sound contradictory, but it’s an important element of diesel combustion — one that, once properly understood, could enable better engine...
water splitting

Hematite-based Nanowire Structures to Enhance Solar-to-Fuel Conversion in Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting

Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting is a process whereby sunlight is harnessed in combination with specialised semiconductor materials to induce electrolysis and separate the hydrogen...
rare earth

Understanding Rare Earth Emulsions

Despite their name, rare earth elements actually aren’t that rare. Abundant in mines around the world, rare earths are used in many high-tech products,...
purple membranes

Purple Power: Synthetic ‘Purple Membranes’ Transform Sunlight to Hydrogen Fuel

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have found a new way to produce solar fuels by developing completely synthetic bionano...
battery

Making Renewable Power more Viable for the Grid

Wind and solar power are increasingly popular sources for renewable energy. But intermittency issues keep them from connecting widely to the U.S. grid: They...
Ceramic Pump

Ceramic Pump Moves Molten Metal at a Record 1,400 Degrees Celsius

The new pump could facilitate high efficiency, low-cost thermal storage, providing a new way to store renewable energy generated by wind and solar power,...
hydrogen

Reimagining Hydrogen: A Small Molecule With Large-Scale Ideas

While hydrogen is often talked about as a pollution-free fuel of the future, especially for use in fuel cell electric vehicles, hydrogen can be...
bio methane

Bio-Methane Transforms from Landfill Waste to Energy Source

Methane is far more damaging as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide—25 times more so. The gas, which is produced by decomposing organic materials...
supercapacitor

Paper-Based Supercapacitor Uses Metal Nanoparticles to Boost Energy Density

Using a simple layer-by-layer coating technique, researchers from the U.S. and Korea have developed a paper-based flexible supercapacitor that could be used to help...
dark matter

New Technology Illuminates Microbial Dark Matter

The Science At Stanford University, researchers have used a new microfluidic analysis system to extract 29 novel microbial genomes (the complete set of genetic material)...
grass crops

Newly Identified Gene Helps Time Spring Flowering in Vital Grass Crops

Winter is no time to flower, which is why so many plants have evolved the ability to wait for the snow to melt before...