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Might We Do What Some Romans Do?

8 years ago from NY Times Science

An Italian energy giant finds that raising the thermostat slightly results in big energy savings each summer.

Heat waves could be commonplace in the US by 2039, Stanford study finds

8 years ago from

Exceptionally long heat waves and other hot events could become commonplace in the United States in the next 30 years, according to a new study by Stanford University climate scientists...

Efficient nano motor cleverly harnesses light

8 years ago from Physics World

New devices can be driven by any simple light source

Transformation optics make a U-turn for the better

8 years ago from

Powerful new microscopes able to resolve DNA molecules with visible light, superfast computers that use light rather than electronic signals to process information, and Harry Potteresque invisibility cloaks are just...

Sudden Surplus Calls for Quick Thinking

8 years ago from NY Times Science

Engineers say that if the power grid becomes more reliant on renewable energy, at some point a lot of new transmission lines will have to be built or there will...

Infrared camera provides a better view

8 years ago from

At night on an unlit country road: the bends in the road restrict the view ahead and, to make things worse, it is foggy. The car driver is exercising all...

Study measures single-molecule machines in action

8 years ago from

In the development of future molecular devices, new display technologies, and 'artificial muscles' in nanoelectromechanical devices, functional molecules are likely to play a primary role...

Iran prepared for gasoline shortages

8 years ago from UPI

TEHRAN, July 6 (UPI) -- Iranian engineers can switch energy production from petrochemicals to gasoline to find relief from international sanctions, the energy minister said. ...

'Twitter-like' technology could make cities safer

8 years ago from Physorg

Instant feedback technology that allows the public to voice spontaneous opinions about their surroundings is being tested to help make cities safer.

London wants more energy from landfills

8 years ago from UPI

LONDON, July 6 (UPI) -- Investigating ways to turn organic waste into fuel is a way to usher in a green energy economy, British government officials said Tuesday in...

Road surface purifies air by removing nitrogen oxides, researchers in the Netherlands find

8 years ago from Science Daily

Road surfaces can make a big contribution to local air purity. This conclusion can be drawn from the first test results on a road surface of air-purifying concrete. This material...

Energy yield of ‘cheap’ solar panels raised from 7 to 9 percent

8 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have shown how the energy yield of relatively cheap solar panels, made of amorphous silicon, can be considerably raised: from around 7 percent to 9 percent.

CSIRO grants global license for new polymer technology

8 years ago from Physorg

CSIRO has signed a global licensing agreement for its patented RAFT technology. Reversible Addition-Fragmentation chain Transfer (or RAFT) technology is an elegant and powerful polymerisation process that has given rise...

Colorful Warning: Selective, sensitive CO detection with a rhodium complex

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- Carbon monoxide is an insidious poison: it is colorless, odorless, and toxic at low concentrations. It is usually produced by combustion engines or incomplete combustion in gas furnaces...

Samsung Electronics Improves Viewing Experience with New Eco-Friendly LED Monitors

8 years ago from Physorg

Samsung Electronics is continuing to evolve LED monitor technology by offering environmentally-friendly monitors with better viewing angles and eye-catching designs with the release of its 50 and 30 series LED...

X-Ray Laser Resurrects a Laboratory No Longer in the Vanguard

8 years ago from NY Times Health

In a shift from particle physics to photon science, an outdated accelerator in Menlo Park, Calif., was converted into the world’s brightest X-ray laser.

Optical imaging could create pathway for radiotracers, study finds

8 years ago from Science Daily

A new study reports on investigative research of a novel optical imaging technique called "Cerenkov luminescence imaging." According to the authors, the technique could lead to the faster and more...

Bridge to the quantum world: Darwinian concept of natural selection figures into theory about core of physical reality

8 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers propose an answer to one of the long-running questions in the study of quantum physics: the mystery of how the world of our sensory experience emerges from the cloudy...

US physicists call for change in nuclear licensing

8 years ago from Physics World

American Physical Society says current rules will increase the risk of nuclear proliferation

Inventors say Hydra offers clean water, hope for villages

8 years ago from Physorg

The hose took brownish water from the scummy Schuylkill River in Philadelphia to a strange apparatus on the bank -- a trailer with a solar panel, a hydrogen tank, and...

Chemicals Star At Biotech Congress

8 years ago from C&EN

Firms tout progress toward cost-competitive renewable chemicals.

Researchers 'design' therapeutic coatings of silver

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- Swiss researchers have demonstrated how they can adjust process conditions to influence the properties of novel plasma polymer coatings containing silver nanoparticles. Tailor-made films can be generated through...

Renewables account for 62 percent of the new electricity generation capacity installed in the EU in 2009

8 years ago from Physorg

The "Renewable Energy Snapshots" report, published today by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, shows that renewable energy sources accounted for 62 percent of the new electricity generation capacity installed...

Nano-sand to improve lotions and cosmetics

8 years ago from Physorg

South Australian researchers have invented and patented a new technology for delivering cosmetics and drugs to the skin. They are using nanoparticles of silica (essentially sand) to create longer lasting...

Experimental psychology used to investigate spatial perception in the presence of different color tones

8 years ago from Physorg

A room will appear to be higher or lower depending on the lightness of the color tones used on ceiling and walls. However, it would seem there is no scientific...

Making a Magnetic Moment in a Split Picosecond

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- A wide range of phenomena in nature and technology depend on changes that occur in a material after it is illuminated with visible light. A well-known example is...

Fitness providers decry HST

8 years ago from CBC: Health

Some Ottawa fitness providers say Ontario's new harmonized sales tax will make it more expensive to switch to a healthier lifestyle.

Quiet hybrids a safety issue for lawmakers

8 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Silence is a safety hazard in hybrid and electric cars, and American lawmakers want the vehicles to be more noisy.