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Iran to build new nuclear research reactors-report

7 years ago from Reuters:Science

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran plans to build "four to five" nuclear research reactors and will continue to enrich uranium to provide their fuel, a nuclear official said on Monday despite...

German nuclear exit 'would cost up to 2 bn euros'

7 years ago from Physorg

German Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle said Friday that a switch from nuclear power to alternative forms of energy could cost Europe's top economy up to two billion euros ($2.9 billion)...

Low-cost wireless sensor networks open new horizons for the Internet of things

7 years ago from Science Daily

The ESNA project enables high effective networking based on cheap wireless sensors in a wide range of business applications – from more comfortable and energy-efficient environmental controls to precision monitoring...

Device proves solar cell potential of high bandgap inorganic nanowire arrays

7 years ago from Science Daily

Proving a theoretical concept for improving the light absorption capabilities of a class of semiconductor materials long-considered impractical for solar energy collection, a team of researchers has successfully fabricated and...

Cause of irradiation-induced instability in materials' surfaces discovered

7 years ago from Science Daily

A new discovery about the dynamic impact of individual energetic particles into a solid surface improves our ability to predict surface stability or instability of materials under irradiation over time....

When the pressure is on, product experts can get facts wrong

7 years ago from Science Daily

Buying a new car, camera or computer? New research shows that seeking advice from expert acquaintances to choose between models of merchandise might not always be good idea.

Award funds research on the mysteries of charged droplets

7 years ago from Physorg

A UC Davis chemical engineer has won a five-year, $420,000 early career development award from the National Science Foundation to support research on electrical charges of fluid droplets.

Novel in-motion train weighing system

7 years ago from Science Daily

Weighing loads exceeding 20 tons - such as trucks or trains - while in motion is no mean feat. Engineers have now developed a novel weighing technology using steel beams...

TNK-BP may sue BP over Rosneft deal

7 years ago from UPI

MOSCOW, April 12 (UPI) -- Russia's half of the TNK-BP joint venture might file a multibillion-dollar suit against BP for not extending an invitation to join a Rosneft deal,...

Japan faces power struggle

7 years ago from News @ Nature

Climate goals in doubt as fossil fuels come to the fore in fight to meet electricity demand.

Gas charges 'absurd,' says Tymoshenko

7 years ago from UPI

KIEV, Ukraine, April 12 (UPI) -- Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko said accusations she brokered an illegal gas contract with Moscow in 2009 is "absurd."

Photographer to receive Harvard Arts Medal

7 years ago from Harvard Science

Photographer Susan Meiselas, Ed.M. ’71, will receive the 2011 Harvard Arts Medal, which will be awarded by President Drew Faust at a ceremony on April 29 at 4 p.m. at New College...

China sets modest energy saving plan

7 years ago from Chemistry World

China releases more realistic energy saving and carbon emission reductions in its five year energy plan

Bill backs natural gas vehicles in U.S.

7 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, April 12 (UPI) -- Now is the time for the U.S. consumer to take advantage of domestic resources and start using natural gas vehicles, two lawmakers urged.

California gets boost for solar power

7 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, April 12 (UPI) -- A $1.6 billion loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy supports a solar power plant in California that can power 85,000 homes, an...

Scientists track pronghorn by satellite

7 years ago from Physorg

The pronghorn were captured in a helicopter netting operation on February 28, fitted with the collars, and released. The collars are scheduled to "drop off" of the animals at a...

Ink with tin nanoparticles could print future circuit boards

7 years ago from Physorg

( -- Almost all electronic devices contain printed circuit boards, which are patterned with an intricate copper design that guides electricity to make the devices functional. In a new study,...

Controlled production of nanometric drops

7 years ago from Science Daily

When a drop falls on a lotus flower it remains on the surface without wetting it. This is due, firstly, to the chemical components of the leaves of this plant,...

Better lasers for optical communications

7 years ago from Science Daily

A new laser procedure could boost optical fiber communications. The technique could become essential for the future expansion of the Internet, and it also opens up new frontiers in basic...

Green: Clean Energy Loan Program at Risk in Budget Talks

7 years ago from NY Times Science

The program has provided guarantees and commitments to a wide spectrum of energy projects, from clean coal to biodiesel refining and large-scale solar power.

Organic 2-D films could lead to better solar cells

7 years ago from Physorg

( -- Solar cells made from organic materials are inexpensive, lightweight and flexible, but their performance lags behind cells that contain silicon or other inorganic materials. Cornell chemist William Dichtel...

Pocket sized fuel cell, a step closer

7 years ago from Chemistry World

Clean catalytic conversion of formic acid to hydrogen paves the way for pocket sized fuel cells

AUDIO: How nuclear could be made safer

Professor Carlo Rubbia of the Cern project explains why he has been pushing for thorium to replace uranium and plutonium as a source of nuclear energy

Tissue engineers use new system to measure biomaterials, structures

7 years ago from Science Daily

As cells assemble into a donut shape and ascend a hydrogel cone, they do work and thereby reveal the total power involved in forming a three-dimensional structure. That measure not...

Physicist Reviews Nuclear Meltdowns

7 years ago from NY Times Science

Nuclear reactors worldwide are suffering core-damage accidents about eight times more frequently than the United States’ goal, a scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council said.

Diesel-engine exhaust filter reduces harmful particles by 98 percent

7 years ago from Science Daily

A commercially available particle trap can filter microscopic pollutants in diesel-engine exhaust and prevent about 98 percent of them from reaching the air, according to new research.

New citrus variety released by UC Riverside is very sweet, juicy and low-seeded

7 years ago from Physorg

Juicy. Extremely Sweet. Visually attractive. Easy to peel. Low seeded. These are the fine qualities that mark 'KinnowLS,' the latest citrus variety released by researchers at the University of...

A Short Story Of Dijet Resonances

7 years ago from

In the comments thread of one of the posts I wrote recently, where I discussed the new tentative signal of a new jet-decaying particle discovered by the CDF collaboration in...