Clean Energy
Iron-based solar cells on track to becoming more efficient  SCIENCE DAILY · 14 hours
An international study shows that 30% of the energy in a certain type of light-absorbing iron molecule disappears in a previously unknown manner. By closing this loophole, the researchers hope... more
Iron-based solar cells on track to becoming more efficient  PHYS.ORG · 18 hours
An international study led from Lund University in Sweden shows that 30 percent of the energy in a certain type of light-absorbing iron molecule disappears in a previously unknown manner.... more
New catalyst efficiently produces hydrogen from seawater  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Seawater is one of the most abundant resources on earth, offering promise both as a source of hydrogen—desirable as a source of clean energy—and of drinking water in arid climates. But even as water-splitting... more
Antarctica's first zero-emission research station shows that sustainable living is possible anywhere  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
As a scientist investigating climate change, I'm embarrassed by the high carbon footprint I have when I travel to, and work in, Antarctica. Researchers... more
Self-assembled microspheres of silica to cool surfaces without energy consumption  nanowerk · 5 days
Researchers have developed a new material able to cool another one by emitting infrared radiation. The results are expected to be used in devices where an increase in... more
Self-assembled microspheres of silica to cool surfaces without energy consumption  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Researchers from the ICN2 and the ICMM-CSIC have developed a new material able to cool another one by emitting infrared radiation. The results are published in Small and... more
Using AI to predict where and when lightning will strike  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Lightning is one of the most unpredictable phenomena in nature. It regularly kills people and animals and sets fire to homes and forests. It keeps aircraft grounded and... more
Scientists take strides towards entirely renewable energy  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Scientists from Trinity College Dublin have taken a giant stride towards solving a riddle that would provide the world with entirely renewable, clean energy from which water would be the only waste product. more
Devolution is needed to reduce emissions and transition to clean energy sources, report finds  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
More powers should be given to areas such as the Sheffield City Region to enable them to reduce their carbon... more
Water mold research leads to greater understanding of corn diseases  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Corn is a staple feed and biofuel crop with a value close to $3.7 billion in the Michigan economy alone. However, knowledge about seedling pathogens in Michigan corn... more
Water mold research leads to greater understanding of corn diseases  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Corn is a staple feed and biofuel crop with a value close to $3.7 billion in the Michigan economy alone. However, knowledge about seedling pathogens in Michigan corn... more
Solar and wind energy preserve groundwater for drought, agriculture  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
A new study is among the first to show that solar and wind energy not only enhance drought resilience, but also aid in groundwater sustainability. Researchers used California as a... more
On the road to Paris: The shifting landscape of carbon dioxide reduction  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Researchers have found that current forecasts call for the US electric power sector to meet the 2020 and 2025 CO2 reduction requirements in the... more
Labour's low-carbon 'warm homes for all' could revolutionise social housing—experts  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
All homes built from 2022 onwards would be carbon neutral under a Labour government, according to a recent election pledge by the party. Labour has also promised to... more
Novel nanostructures could make smartphones more efficient  nanowerk · 7 days
Researchers are pushing the boundaries of the laws of physics, developing nanocomposite materials and nanoelectronic circuits to greatly improve energy, thermal and computing performance. This could make smartphones and other electronics more efficient and... more
Solar and wind energy preserve groundwater for drought, agriculture  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Solar and wind farms are popping up around the country to lower carbon emissions, and these renewables also have another important effect: keeping more water in the ground. more
Diffuse X-ray emission detected around the ultraluminous X-ray pulsar NGC 5907 ULX-1  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Using NASA's Chandra spacecraft, European astronomers have detected a diffuse X-ray emission around an ultraluminous X-ray pulsar in the galaxy NGC 5907. The newly... more
Scientists put the ​"solve" in ​"solvent" for lithium-sulfur battery challenge  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Lithium-ion batteries represent the majority of batteries in consumer electronics and electric vehicles. Today, scientists are looking for new chemistries that could improve the energy density and performance... more
Tethered chem combos could revolutionize artificial photosynthesis  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Scientists have doubled the efficiency of a chemical combo that captures light and splits water molecules so the building blocks can be used to produce hydrogen fuel. Their approach provides a platform for developing... more
On the road to Paris: The shifting landscape of CO2 reduction  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Carnegie Mellon University researchers have found that current forecasts call for the U.S. electric power sector to meet the 2020 and 2025 CO2 reduction requirements in... more
NASA Tracks Diablo Winds Powering Massive Kincade Wildfire in California  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Gusting winds in northern California are helping the spread of the Kincade fire, as shown in a new animation from NASA. more
Water Detected in Interstellar Comet 2I/Borisov  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Astronomers have detected the signature of vaporized water in the coma of the interstellar comet 2I/Borisov, also known as C/2019 Q4. Comets are thought... more
Efficient hydrogen conversion via PEC water splitting using hematite mesocrystals  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A research group has succeeded in developing photocatalysts that can convert an efficient level of hydrogen from water using solar light. It is hoped that methods like this... more
If power outages are California’s new normal, what about home medical needs?  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Fern Brown, 81, sat in the rear of a tent on the windswept fairgrounds of this historic Gold Rush town, drawing deep breaths through... more
Nanotechnology breakthrough enables conversion of infrared light to energy  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Invisible infrared light accounts for half of all solar radiation on the Earth's surface, yet ordinary solar energy systems have limited ability in converting it to power. A breakthrough in... more
Will lithium-air batteries ever take flight?  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Amid growing climate concerns, many governments and scientists worldwide are trying to reduce air travel's environmental impact. Electric planes are a possible solution, but better batteries are needed to power large aircraft for long distances. Lithium-air... more
Nanotechnology breakthrough enables conversion of infrared light to energy  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Researchers have developed technology to tap into infrared light for solar energy conversion and increase solar cell efficiency by 10 percent or more. more
California's blackouts could make fighting climate change even harder  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
California's electric grid was experiencing rapid and unprecedented changes even before Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison began shutting off power to millions of people in a desperate... more
Where to install renewable energy in US to achieve greatest benefits  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new study shows that to achieve the biggest improvements in public health and the greatest benefits from renewable energy, wind turbines should be installed in... more
California braces for powerful winds that could feed fires  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
California braced on Tuesday for the most powerful winds this season that threaten to spread destructive fires raging in the state and could spark new blazes. more
Using renewable electricity for industrial hydrogenation reactions  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
From the design of improved batteries to the use of solar and wind power for commodity chemical production, the University of Pittsburgh's James McKone ways that chemical engineering can make the world more sustainable.... more
Laos hydro project switched on along dried-out Mekong  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A multi-billion dollar hydro-electric power plant on the Mekong river in Laos was officially switched on Tuesday, as drone images of dried-up downstream areas stirred fresh outcry on one of the world's... more
Argonne lends a hand toward climate and weather understanding  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
On summer evenings, high above the surface of the southern Great Plains, a phenomenon occurs that contributes significantly to the climate dynamics of the region. Called low-level jets, these winds... more
To rid electric grid of carbon, shore up green energy support  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Engineers, along with an economist, have created an energy model that helps to remove carbon-generated power from the US electric grid -- replacing it with a... more
Giant neutrino telescope to open window to ultra-high-energy universe  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The long-sought, elusive ultra-high-energy neutrinos—ghost-like particles that travel cosmological-scale distances—are key to understanding the Universe at the highest energies. Detecting them is challenging, but the Giant Radio Array for Neutrino... more
Rising seas threaten low-lying coastal cities, 10% of world population  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The recent Typhoon Hagibis—the most powerful storm to hit Japan since 1958—caused massive destruction. The reported death toll as of October 22 has climbed to 80, with another... more
Scientists develop efficient methods to turn woody biomass into fuels  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Increasing production of second-generation biofuels—those made from non-food biomass such as switchgrass, biomass sorghum, and corn stover—would lessen our reliance on burning fossil fuels, which contributes to climate... more
State of emergency declared as California wildfires rage  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
California's governor declared a statewide emergency on Sunday as a huge blaze, fanned by strong winds, forced mass evacuations and power blackouts as it bore down on towns in the famed Sonoma... more
Powerful winds fan flames as 'historic' California blaze spreads  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Powerful winds fanned Calfornia's biggest wildfire Sunday, threatening the city of Santa Rosa and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. more
Can solar technology kill cancer cells?  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Scientists have revealed a new way to detect and attack cancer cells using technology traditionally reserved for solar power. The results showcases dramatic improvements in light-activated fluorescent dyes for disease diagnosis, image-guided surgery and site-specific tumor... more
Can solar technology kill cancer cells?  nanowerk · 3 weeks
Scientists have revealed a new way to detect and attack cancer cells using technology traditionally reserved for solar power. The results showcases dramatic improvements in light-activated fluorescent dyes for disease diagnosis, image-guided surgery and site-specific tumor... more
Solar array issue jeopardizes new Eutelsat satellite  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
Eutelsat said it is still working to understand what impact the power problem may have on the Eutelsat 5 West B satellite.... more
Valleytronics in a monolayer semiconductor at room temperature  nanowerk · 3 weeks
The basic idea of valleytronics is to pass information through two-dimensional (2D) and other very thin conducting materials using the energy valleys - or energy extrema - in their conduction and valence... more
Super-elastic ferroelectric single-crystal membrane with continuous electric dipole rotation  Science Magazine · 3 weeks
Ferroelectrics are usually inflexible oxides that undergo brittle deformation. We synthesized freestanding single-crystalline ferroelectric barium titanate (BaTiO3) membranes with a damage-free lifting-off process. Our BaTiO3 membranes can undergo a ~180°... more
Scientists bake gluten-free bread using a revolutionary technology  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Electric shocks are used to heat gluten-free bread from the inside, saving energy and time compared to conventional baking applying heat from the outside. A recent study from the Institute of Food... more
Replacing coal with gas or renewables saves billions of gallons of water  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
The transition from coal to natural gas in the US electricity sector is reducing the industry's water use, research finds. For every megawatt of... more
Making connections: Bringing astrophysical processes down to Earth  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Magnetic reconnection, a process in which magnetic field lines tear and come back together, releasing large amounts of kinetic energy, occurs throughout the universe. The process gives rise to auroras, solar flares... more
New supercomputer simulations explore magnetic reconnection and make a surprising discovery  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Magnetic reconnection, a process in which magnetic field lines tear and come back together, releasing large amounts of kinetic energy, occurs throughout the universe. The process... more
Wind turbine design and placement can mitigate negative effect on birds  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Wind energy is increasingly seen as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, as it contributes to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. However, the rapid expansion... more
Big improvements in thin-film solar cell efficiency now possible  nanowerk · 4 weeks
Researchers have developed a theoretical method to improve the efficiency of thin-film solar cells by up to 33 percent. Flexible thin-film solar cells are needed to supply electrical power to... more
Black Holes Stunt Growth of Dwarf Galaxies  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
Astronomers at the University of California, Riverside, have discovered that powerful winds driven by supermassive black holes in the centers of dwarf... more
Breaking water molecules apart to generate clean fuel: Investigating a promising material  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
In line with the increasing global concerns about the state of our planet, perfecting the technology for alternative energy generation has become a hot... more
Breaking water molecules apart to generate clean fuel: Investigating a promising material  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Scientists investigated a material that uses sunlight for splitting water molecules (H2O) to obtain dihydrogen (H2). Since dihydrogen can be used as clean fuel,... more
Reducing open-circuit voltage loss in organic solar cells  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Researchers at Institute for Molecular Science in Japan report that organic solar cells (OSCs) with high mobility and highly crystalline donor (D) and acceptor (A) materials were able to reduce an open-circuit... more
Biofuels that could be made from seawater  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Researchers from the University of Manchester are using synthetic biology to explore a more efficient way to produce the next generation of biobased jet fuels—partly made from seawater. more
Computer models show clear advantages in new types of wind turbines  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Researchers have modeled the fluid dynamics of multi-rotor wind turbines via high-resolution numerical simulations. The simulations demonstrate a clear advantage for a turbine model with four... more
Plant skeletons: Weighing the environmental impacts of a byproduct of biofuel combustion  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
As a renewable resource, biomass presents an appealing alternative to fossil fuels for energy production. Burning plants, however, is not a completely clean process;... more
Mitochondria work much like Tesla battery packs, study finds  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
For years, scientists assumed that mitochondria—the energy-generating centers of living cells—worked much like household batteries, generating energy from a chemical reaction inside a single chamber or cell. Now, UCLA researchers... more
A cheap, clean path to generate hydrogen in a commercial device  nanowerk · 4 weeks
Replacing today's expensive catalysts could bring down the cost of producing the gas for fuel, fertilizer and clean energy storage. more
The nature of obscured active galactic nuclei  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Most galaxies host a supermassive black hole (SMBH) at their nucleus, one whose mass exceeds a million solar-masses. When material actively accretes onto the SMBH, associated processes can produce an active galactic nucleus (AGN)... more
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