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Ammonia by phosphorus catalysis  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 hour
More than 100 years after the introduction of the Haber-Bosch process, scientists continue to search for alternative ammonia production routes that are less energy demanding. Scientists have now discovered that black phosphorus is an excellent catalyst for the electroreduction of... more
From emergence to eruption: Comprehensive model captures life of a solar flare  nanowerk · 2 hours
A team of scientists has, for the first time, used a single, cohesive computer model to simulate the entire life cycle of a solar... more
Twentieth century redistribution in climatic drivers of global tree growth  Science Magazine · 2 hours
Energy and water limitations of tree growth remain insufficiently understood at large spatiotemporal scales, hindering model representation of interannual or longer-term ecosystem processes. By assessing and statistically scaling... more
Scientists discover novel process to convert visible light into infrared light  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 hours
Scientists have developed a novel chemical process to convert infrared energy into visible light, allowing innocuous radiation to penetrate living tissue and other materials without the... more
Scientists discover novel process to convert visible light into infrared light  PHYS.ORG · 3 hours
Columbia University scientists, in collaboration with researchers from Harvard, have succeeded in developing a chemical process to convert infrared energy into visible light, allowing innocuous radiation... more
Fiery sighting: A new physics of eruptions that damage fusion experiments  PHYS.ORG · 3 hours
Sudden bursts of heat that can damage the inner walls of tokamak fusion experiments are a hurdle that operators of the facilities must overcome. Such bursts,... more
Researchers establish principles for transmitting light-delivered data via nonreciprocal circuits  PHYS.ORG · 5 hours
The development of fiber optics technology has been indispensable to increasing the speed at which information is delivered over large distances by relying on light to carry information... more
Ammonia synthesis through electroreduction of nitrogen on black phosphorus nanosheets  PHYS.ORG · 6 hours
More than 100 years after the introduction of the Haber–Bosch process, scientists continue to search for alternative ammonia production routes that are less energy demanding. Chinese scientists have... more
Extracting functional mitochondria using microfluidics devices  PHYS.ORG · 6 hours
Mitochondria are dynamic, bioenergetic intracellular organelles, responsible for energy production via ATP production during respiration. They are involved in key cellular metabolic tasks that regulate vital physiological responses of cells, including cell signaling, cell differentiation and... more
Fast, very high-energy gamma-ray flare detected from the blazar BL Lacertae  PHYS.ORG · 7 hours
Using Major Atmospheric Gamma-ray Imaging Cherenkov (MAGIC) telescopes, an international group of astronomers has detected a fast, very high-energy (VHE) flare from the blazar BL Lacertae.... more
Affordable Clean Energy rule may lead to more air pollution and carbon emissions, study says  PHYS.ORG · 7 hours
A new study published in Environmental Research Letters and co-authored by Charles T. Driscoll, University Professor of Environmental... more
Power stations driven by light  PHYS.ORG · 8 hours
Green plants, algae and some bacteria use sunlight to convert energy. The pigments in chlorophyll absorb electromagnetic radiation, which induces chemical reactions in electrons. These reactions take place in the nucleus of complex protein structures, referred to by... more
Cybersecurity system evolves as it watches and learns from would-be hackers  PHYS.ORG · 9 hours
For hackers, the United States energy grid is a treasure trove of classified information with vast potential for profit and mayhem. To be effective, the power... more
'First Battery-Free Bluetooth Sensor Tag' Arrives, Harvests Energy From Radio Frequencies  Gadgets 360 · 12 hours
The world's first battery-free Bluetooth sensor tag has been announced. It can harvest energy from radio frequencies available in the air. more
Power stations driven by light  SCIENCE DAILY · 20 hours
The smallest building blocks within the power stations of organisms which get their energy directly from the sun are basically miniature reactors surrounded by collectors which capture photons and forward them to the center. The close correlation between... more
Keeping roads in good shape reduces greenhouse gas emissions  SCIENCE DAILY · 20 hours
Keeping road pavement in good shape saves money and energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, more than offsetting pollution generated during road construction, according to a new study. more
Brilliant glow of paint-on semiconductors comes from ornate quantum physics  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
A new wave of semiconductors that can be painted on is on the horizon. It bears the promise of revolutionizing lighting all over again and of transforming solar... more
Keeping roads in good shape reduces greenhouse gas emissions, study finds  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Keeping road pavement in good shape saves money and energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, more than offsetting pollution generated during road construction, according to a... more
POLAR experiment reveals orderly chaos of black holes  nanowerk · 1 day
An international consortium of scientists studying gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) as part of the POLAR (GRB polarimeter) experiment has revealed that high-energy photon emissions from black holes are neither completely chaotic nor completely... more
Keeping roads in good shape reduces greenhouse gas emissions, Rutgers-led study finds  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Keeping road pavement in good shape saves money and energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, more than offsetting pollution generated during road construction, according... more
Getting green renewables into the grid  nanowerk · 1 day
Today's clean, renewable energy is bringing power to millions with virtually no adverse environmental impact. An project is modelling the power sector and assessing different scenarios for the further integration of green renewables into the electrical... more
Turning urban sewage into clean water thanks to 'electric' bacteria  nanowerk · 1 day
Researchers have developed a full-scale application of an eco-friendly technology that treats sewage water with zero-energy costs. more
Observing clouds in four dimensions  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
While easily seen by people, the cotton-ball clouds (called shallow cumulus clouds) that drift overhead on partly cloudy days are hard for radars and many other instruments to observe and, therefore, hard to model and predict. Scientists situated... more
Comprehensive model captures entire life cycle of solar flares  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
A team of scientists has, for the first time, used a single, cohesive computer model to simulate the entire life cycle of a solar flare: from the buildup of energy... more
Researchers pioneer microfluidics-enabled manufacturing of macroscopic graphene fibers  nanowerk · 1 day
Graphene fiber, a recently discovered member of the carbon fiber family, has potential applications in diverse technological areas, from energy storage, electronics and optics, electro-magnetics, thermal conductor and thermal management, to structural... more
Researchers pioneer microfluidics-enabled manufacturing of macroscopic graphene fibers  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
A team of researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has developed a new microfluidics-assisted technique for developing high-performance macroscopic graphene fibers. Graphene fiber, a recently discovered member of the carbon fiber family, has... more
Ajit Pai locks horns with Congress over location-tracking report  THE VERGE · 2 days
A recent report on carrier tracking has sparked a growing feud between FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the... more
When the body's in overdrive, this liver hormone puts the brakes on metabolism  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Researchers have identified a hormone produced by the liver that tells the body to downshift its metabolism when it's expending a lot... more
Differences in geographic origin of genes may affect mitochondrial function  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
Differences in the geographic origin of genes may affect the function of human mitochondria--energy-generating organelles inside of cells--according to a new study. more
The orderly chaos of black holes  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
During the formation of a black hole a bright burst of very energetic light in the form of gamma-rays is produced, these events are called gamma-ray bursts. Researchers have built the POLAR instrument to analyze gamma-ray... more
Scientists coax proteins to form synthetic structures with method that mimics nature  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Scientists have long dreamed of creating synthetic structures out of the same raw material that nature uses in living systems—proteins—believing such an advance would... more
Differences in genes' geographic origin influence mitochondrial function  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Differences in the geographic origin of genes may affect the function of human mitochondria—energy-generating organelles inside of cells—according to a new study. Mitochondria have their own genome, separate from the nuclear genome... more
The orderly chaos of black holes  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
During the formation of a black hole, a bright burst of very energetic light in the form of gamma rays is produced, these events are called gamma ray bursts. The physics behind this phenomenon includes many... more
Next generation photonic memory devices are light-written, ultrafast and energy efficient  nanowerk · 2 days
Scientists have developed a hybrid technology, which shows the advantages of both light and magnetic hard drives. more
Next generation photonic memory devices are light-written, ultrafast and energy efficient  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Researchers have developed a 'hybrid technology' which shows the advantages of both light and magnetic hard drives. Ultra-short (femtosecond) light pulses allows data to be directly... more
Nanostructures get better at harvesting sunlight for solar steam generation  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
One way to produce clean water is to heat dirty water until it turns into steam. As the steam rises, it leaves behind the heavier contaminants and can... more
Big Bang query: Mapping how a mysterious liquid became all matter  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The leading theory about how the universe began is the Big Bang, which says that 14 billion years ago the universe existed as a singularity, a... more
Upper-ocean warming is changing the global wave climate, making waves stronger  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Sea level rise puts coastal areas at the forefront of the impacts of climate change, but new research shows they face other climate-related threats as well.... more
Integrated pathways for meeting climate targets and ensuring access to safe water  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
IIASA researchers have led work to develop new pathways to developing water and energy infrastructure consistent with both the Paris Agreement and U.N. Sustainable... more
New findings bring physicists closer to understanding the formation of planets and stars  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Down a hallway in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), scientists study the workings of a machine... more
Upper-ocean warming is changing the global wave climate, making waves stronger  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Sea level rise puts coastal areas at the forefront of the impacts of climate change, but new research shows they face other climate-related threats as well.... more
Canada, First Nations express concern over U.S. Arctic drilling plans  CBC · 3 days
The Canadian government, two territories and several First Nations are expressing concerns to the United States... more
Congress asks FCC for emergency briefing on ending location data sales - CNET  CNET · 5 days
The House Energy and Commerce committee doesn’t want to wait until after the government shutdown for answers. more
Microfluidic dielectrophoresis illuminates the relationship between microbial cell envelope polarizability and electrochemical activity  Science Magazine · 5 days
Electrons can be transported from microbes to external insoluble electron acceptors (e.g., metal oxides or electrodes in an electrochemical cell). This process... more
Reliable and practical computational description of molecular crystal polymorphs  Science Magazine · 5 days
Reliable prediction of the polymorphic energy landscape of a molecular crystal would yield profound insight into drug development in terms of the existence and likelihood of late-appearing polymorphs. However, the... more
Rise of renewables creating 'new world': report  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The rapid growth of renewable energy sources and the demise of fossil fuels are causing major changes in global politics, a special commission said in a report Friday. more
Saving energy by taking a close look inside transistors  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Researchers at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have developed a simple yet accurate method for finding defects in the latest generation of silicon carbide transistors. This will speed up the process of... more
The quiet threat inside 'internet of things' devices  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
As Americans increasingly buy and install smart devices in their homes, all those cheap interconnected devices create new security problems for individuals and society as a whole. The problem is compounded by... more
Next generation photonic memory devices are 'light-written,' ultrafast and energy efficient  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Light is the most energy-efficient way of moving information. Yet, light shows one big limitation: it is difficult to store. As a matter of fact, data... more
Integrated pathways for meeting climate targets and ensuring access to safe water  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Researchers have led work to develop new pathways showing how the world can develop water and energy infrastructure consistent with both the Paris Agreement... more
Group of telescopes finds X-ray engine inside mysterious supernova  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
ESA's high-energy space telescopes Integral and XMM-Newton have helped to find a source of powerful X-rays at the centre of an unprecedentedly bright and rapidly evolving stellar explosion that suddenly... more
Discovery adapts natural membrane to make hydrogen fuel from water  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
A chemical reaction pathway central to plant biology have been adapted to form the backbone of a new process that converts water into hydrogen fuel using energy from... more
Racial inequality in the deployment of rooftop solar energy in the United States, study finds  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Fewer rooftop solar photovoltaics installations exist in African-American and Hispanic-dominant neighborhoods than in white-dominant neighborhoods, even when controlling... more
Team of telescopes finds X-ray engine inside mysterious supernova  ESA · 6 days
ESA’s high-energy space telescopes Integral and XMM-Newton have helped to find a source of powerful X-rays at the... more
More stable light comes from intentionally 'squashed' quantum dots  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Intentionally "squashing" colloidal quantum dots during chemical synthesis creates dots capable of stable, "blink-free" light emission that is fully comparable with the light produced by dots made with more complex... more
An evolutionary perspective on immunometabolism  Science Magazine · 6 days
Metabolism is at the core of all biological functions. Anabolic metabolism uses building blocks that are either derived from nutrients or synthesized de novo to produce the biological infrastructure, whereas catabolic metabolism generates energy to fuel all biological... more
Racial inequality in the deployment of rooftop solar energy in the US  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Although the popularity of rooftop solar panels has skyrocketed because of their benefits to consumers and the environment, the deployment has predominantly occurred in... more
2D materials may enable electric vehicles to get 500 miles on a single charge  nanowerk · 6 days
A number of their 2D materials, when incorporated into experimental lithium-air batteries as the catalyst, enabled the battery to hold... more
Scientists identify gene cluster in budding yeasts with major implications for renewable energy  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Yeasts are complex organisms that may become the workhorses of biofuel production. To move yeasts into this larger role, scientists need to... more
Saving energy by taking a close look inside transistors  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Transistors are needed wherever current flows, and they are an indispensable component of virtually all electronic switches. In the field of power electronics, transistors are used to switch large currents.... more
Five-hundred fifty million barrels of oil discovered off Ghana coast  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Norway's Aker Energy on Thursday said it had discovered oil in commercial quantities off Ghana, which the government welcomed as a potential boost to the economy. more
Physics student develops machine-learning model for energy and environmental applications  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
A West Virginia University physics student has created a new machine-learning model that has the potential to make searching for energy and environmental materials more efficient. more
Hydrogen mobility from renewable energy  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
A reliable energy transition requires the implication of a range of scientific domains: physical, human, social, economic, as well as earth and life sciences, with the particular concern to put the end user in the centre of technology... more
Cygnus A: Ricocheting black hole jet discovered by Chandra  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
A ricocheting jet blasting from a giant black hole has been captured by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, as reported in our latest press release. In this composite image of Cygnus... more
Technology helps reduce energy costs on Indiana farm while protecting environment  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
A Purdue University alumnus is using clean, solar energy to drastically reduce the electric bill for his northern Indiana hog farm with the help of a... more
Magnetar mysteries in our galaxy and beyond  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
In a new Caltech-led study, researchers from campus and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have analyzed pulses of radio waves coming from a magnetar—a rotating, dense, dead star with a strong magnetic field—that is... more
New catalysts for better fuel cells  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Researchers at Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology (DGIST) have developed nano-catalysts that can reduce the overall cost of clean energy fuel cells, according to a study published in the journal of Applied Catalysis B:... more
Saving energy by taking a close look inside transistors  nanowerk · 6 days
New method finds defects in power transistors more accurately, quickly and simply. more
Mystery energy bursts in deep space 'could be aliens'  Sky News · 7 days
Mysterious energy readings from deep space that some experts have suggested could be evidence of alien life have been detected for only the second time. more
New catalysts for better fuel cells  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Researchers have fabricated nano-sized catalysts that could improve the performance and production of clean energy fuel cells. more
Astronomers map 'light echoes' of newly discovered black hole  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
A team of astronomers has charted the environment surrounding a relatively small, 'stellar mass' black hole that is 10 times the mass of the sun. The observations provide the clearest... more
Nanocrystals get better when they double up with MOFs  nanowerk · 1 week
Researchers develop design rules for self-assembling 2D nanocrystal/metal-organic framework-based materials for energy storage and catalysis applications. more
Guiding the way to a more sustainable energy future  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released an alarming report this October about what it would take to cap rising global temperatures at 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Hitting this... more
Dark Energy Survey completes six-year mission  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
After scanning in depth about a quarter of the southern skies for six years and cataloguing hundreds of millions of distant galaxies, the Dark Energy Survey (DES) will finish taking data tomorrow, on Jan. 9. more
New technology serves as fish body double  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Hundreds of surrogate "fish" will be put to work at dams around the world through an agreement between ATS—Advanced Telemetry Systems—and the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to improve operations and... more
Identifying lower-energy neutrinos with a liquid-argon particle detector  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
An experiment at the Department of Energy's Fermilab has made a significant advance in the detection of neutrinos that hide themselves at lower energies. more
More efficient energy harvesting with magnets  nanowerk · 1 week
Scientists have developed a new magnetic generator to convert waste heat into electricity. A clever arrangement of the components has succeeded in improving the electrical yield by orders of magnitude. more
Energy-related carbon emissions rose in US in 2018: study  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Carbon dioxide emissions significantly increased in the United States in 2018, according to a study released Tuesday by research firm Rhodium Group. more
Scientists discover a process that stabilizes fusion plasmas  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Scientists seeking to bring the fusion reaction that powers the sun and stars to Earth must keep the superhot plasma free from disruptions. Now researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)... more
Long-term postpartum obesity may be due to reprogramming of maternal energy metabolism  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
During normal pregnancy, mothers always gain body weight within a proper range. However, many women worry that extra pounds put on during pregnancy will... more
Maternal programming during pregnancy induces long-term postpartum obesity  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
In a new study using a mouse model, researchers suggest that long-term postpartum weight gain may be due not so much to retained fat as to reprogramming of maternal energy metabolism. more
A survey machine and a data trove: Dark Energy Survey's rich legacy  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
On the night of Jan. 9, 2019, the V. M. Blanco 4-meter telescope at the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO),... more
Ketogenic supplementation can reduce seizures without dietary restriction, suggests study  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
The ketogenic diet has proven successful in helping people lose weight and improve their overall health, including those with epilepsy. The low-carb diet transitions the body from burning... more
Algae thrive under Greenland sea ice  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Microscopic marine plants flourish beneath the ice that covers the Greenland Sea, according to a new study. These phytoplankton create the energy that fuels ocean ecosystems, and the study found that half of this energy is... more
Study shows algae thrive under Greenland sea ice  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Microscopic marine plants flourish beneath the ice that covers the Greenland Sea, according to a new study in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. These phytoplankton create the energy that fuels ocean... more
NREL details great potential for floating PV systems  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers estimate that installing floating solar photovoltaics on the more than 24,000 man-made U.S. reservoirs could generate about 10 percent of the nation's annual electricity production. Their... more
Researchers develop miniaturized nuclear magnetic resonance for oil and gas exploration  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Donhee Ham, Gordon McKay Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics, has been awarded $1.7 million from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy... more
Building wind turbines where they're not wanted brings down property values  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The question of whether or not wind turbines have decreased property values in Ontario has been a point of contention in recent years, and fuelled by... more
Researchers discover multilayer band gap using its own technology  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Korean researchers at DGIST have proven the existence of the upper band gap of atomic rhenium disulfide (ReS2) layers in the conductive atomic structure of ionization energy. The work resulted... more
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