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The digitization of Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time is right around the corner, but many no longer need to worry because today's mobile and home digital devices automatically go back or forward in time without anyone having to touch them. Now the talk is about whether it's necessary anymore.

Energy October 31, 2014

Wonder what a Star Wars-type laser 'bullet' would look like in real life? Here it is

A team of researchers from Poland filmed the movement of ultrashort laser blasts through the air in slow motion and using a cloud of water vapor to make the laser more visible.

Energy October 27, 2014

Green business and industry will duke it out to meet EU climate goals

The greenhouse gas emission goal set by the European Union leaves almost no one happy. A target of 40 percent reduction by 2030 is sparking debate on all sides.

Energy October 26, 2014

POLARBEAR discovery of B-modes in the patterns of cosmic microwave background hailed as 'important milestone'

A collaboration of over 70 scientists known as the POLARBEAR project attains an early success with the discovery of B-modes in the cosmic microwave background patterns.

Energy October 23, 2014

ANU physicists build 'holy grail' tractor beam that can repel and attract objects

A team of ANU physicists have come up with a new technique of moving objects to relatively further distance using a hollow laser beam. The tractor beam they have invented could potentially be used for controlling air pollution.

Energy October 23, 2014

Is the cost of fighting climate change low? US, EU and UN say yes in leaked handbook

A new leaked document from the UN shows that the organization is trying to emphasize the relatively low costs of switching to energy sources with lower carbon dioxide emissions. The document is slated to be published November 2.

Energy October 21, 2014

This atom-thin 2D generator creates electricity from movement

Material sewn into clothing may one day charge the smartphone in your pocket. Material just one atom thick generates electrical voltage during movement, bending or stretching.

Energy October 19, 2014

This atom-thin 2D generator creates electricity from movement

Material sewn into clothing may one day charge the smartphone in your pocket. Material just one atom thick generates electrical voltage during movement, bending or stretching.

Energy October 19, 2014

Emerging tech: Ultrafast recharging smartphone battery boasting 20-year life span

They're poised to last for 20 years with approximately 10,000 recharges. The new titanium dioxide batteries will also recharge to 70 percent in as little as five minutes.

Energy October 17, 2014

Natural gas isn’t key to greener future, says study

Energy from inexpensive and abundant natural gas instead of coal and oil isn't the answer to slowing climate change, researchers say. "If things are cheap, people will consume more," they say, and greenhouse gas emissions will stay the same.

Energy October 15, 2014

Development of two new types of quantum bits bring scientists closer to quantum computers

Researchers from the University of New South Wales developed silicon quantum technologies that can hold data with over 99 percent accuracy, a breakthrough that could eventually lead to the realization of the super-fast quantum computer.

Energy October 14, 2014

SolarCity offers loans for rooftop solar power systems

SolarCity is planning to offer homeowners a cheaper option for a solar loan. Apart from being more affordable, the new solar loan will also allow consumers to own the solar panels.

Energy October 8, 2014

US-Japanese physicists win Nobel Prize for inventing energy-saving blue LED

This year's 2014 Nobel Prize for physics was awarded to a trio of physicists who changed lighting technology with their invention of the energy-efficient blue light-emitting diodes. LED technology is now widely used in data storage, high-speed networking and water purification, as well as consumer electronics.

Energy October 9, 2014

Blue LED light wins Nobel for three scientists' contribution to modern civilization

Blue LEDs, which brought white LED lighting to a wide range of applications, win physics Nobel Prize for researchers. Two Japanese and one American researcher share in 2014 award.

Energy October 7, 2014

World's first solar battery promises to reduce cost by 'breathing': Here's how

U.S. researchers combine electricity-generating solar cell and electricity-storing battery into a single device: a solar battery. Light and oxygen create energy in a "breathing" battery.

Energy October 4, 2014

Is it a solar cell? Is it a battery? No, it's a solar battery!

The solar battery fuses the ability of solar cells and battery saving energy and bringing down the cost of renewable energy. The hybrid device runs on light and oxygen.

Energy October 4, 2014

This elusive particle behaves simultaneously like matter and anti-matter: Princeton physicists

A particle that is both matter and antimatter has been proposed as early as 1937 but remained elusive. Physicists finally found the particle known as Majorana fermion by using an iron wire and a superconductor.

Energy October 6, 2014

Thermotolerant yeast will change the face of biofuel production

Researchers "push" the evolution of yeast to create strains better at biofuel production. Better tolerance of yeast to high temperatures and alcohol can boost ethanol production, they say.

Energy October 3, 2014

Biofuel production on the rise? Mutated yeast may help boost green energy

Biofuels are green alternatives to gas. If production improves, thanks to heat-resistant and alcohol-tolerant yeast, more people may end up switching to ethanol soon.

Energy October 4, 2014

Nobel-prize winning physicist Martin Perl passes at age 87

Nobel Prize winner who discovered fundamental subatomic particles dies. Physicist Martin Perl smashed atoms together to reveal new kind of particle, the tau lepton.

Energy October 2, 2014

Some red telephone boxes in London will turn green. Here's why

The famous red telephone boxes in London are about to get a facelift and be transformed into green and solar-powered boxes. People can use them in charging up mobile devices.

Energy October 3, 2014

Natural gas usage won't cut carbon emissions, study argues

Greenhouse gas emissions will not be slowed by the use of natural gas, a new study from the University of California, Irvine, reveals.

Energy September 26, 2014

Finding Nemo is real (well, sort of): Baby clownfish can travel long distances, study finds

Despite their small size, baby clownfish can travel hundreds of kilometers to find a new reef. Researchers believe they ride ocean current to assist them in their journey.

Energy September 19, 2014

People's Climate March: NYC readies for largest climate movement in history

Organizers of the People's Climate March say event could attract 100,000 to New York City. Event aims to draw attention to U.N. climate summit set to open next week.

Energy September 18, 2014

Scientists develop first ever water-based nuclear battery

Two researchers have developed the first ever water-based nuclear battery that can potentially be used in cars and even in spaceflight.

Energy September 19, 2014

Nissan will cut production of electric car battery: Report

Nissan may decide on cutting manufacturing operations on its electric car batteries in the U.S. and UK. The automobile maker wants to source cheaper battery options from LG Chem.

Energy September 16, 2014

Sweet sound of single atom captured by boffins: Here's how

In an experiment, researchers designed an artificial atom to release phonons, or energy in the form of sound, instead of photons (light). They revealed that the atom produced a D-note.

Energy September 13, 2014

Scientists capture sound of single atom (unfortunately, you can't hear it)

An artificial atom can be controlled by acoustic waves, potentially opening up new technology in quantum computers.

Energy September 14, 2014

Germanene: Graphene 'cousin' synthesized, using gold substrate

A new research study shows that scientists are able to produce germanene, a material with the potential to be far more efficient than graphene.

Energy September 11, 2014

Germanene: Graphene 'cousin' synthesized, using gold substrate

A new research study shows that scientists are able to produce germanene, a material with the potential to be far more efficient than graphene.

Energy September 11, 2014

Stephen Hawking turns into doomsday prophet (thanks to 'God Particle')

Stephen Hawking fears that the Higgs boson, a.k.a the God particle, could become unstable at energies above 100 billion giga-electronvolts and create a vacuum bubble that could destroy everything in the universe.

Energy September 10, 2014

Could our world be a 2D hologram?

A new study from the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory explores whether three dimensional reality is just an illusion.

Energy August 27, 2014

Climate change damage, a warming ‘hiatus,’ and carbon cuts: So much to do, so little time

The U.N. is in the process of drafting a report urging nations to start cutting carbon dioxide emissions before more damage to the climate from global warming becomes inevitable. A report by the IPCC debunks the idea that there has been a 'hiatus' on climate change in the past few years.

Energy August 27, 2014

Cutting carbon emissions: Boon for healthcare, boon for economy

There could be monetary benefits to cutting carbon emissions: healthcare savings. A recent study by MIT researchers shows that savings in healthcare costs can make up for the cost of some carbon-reducing initiatives.

Energy August 25, 2014

Go solar with a view using newly developed transparent cells

Researchers are working on technology that could turn every window or smartphone screen into an electricity generating solar cell. Transparent coating absorbs sunlight to create energy while still allowing a view.

Energy August 20, 2014

Go solar with a view using newly developed transparent cells

Researchers are working on technology that could turn every window or smartphone screen into an electricity generating solar cell. Transparent coating absorbs sunlight to create energy while still allowing a view.

Energy August 20, 2014

Scientists unlock energy conversion abilities of photovoltaic cells

New technique involving spectroscopy can quickly test an organic material's suitability for solar power cells. Advance could lead to more efficient organic photovoltaic cells, researchers say.

Energy August 20, 2014

Scientists develop technique to record quantum behavior of electron

A new report by researchers from collaborating universities significantly contributes to the developing science on quantum computing and opens new possibilities for further research. Here’s what they discovered and developed.

Energy August 18, 2014

Laser cooling technique raises microscope sensitivity 20 times

Researchers from The Australian National University were able to improve the sensitivity of atomic force microscopes by using a laser cooling technique, making the microscopes adept at detecting even a single virus.

Energy August 18, 2014

Electron’s quantum behavior recorded by lasers

Control of an electron's quantum state could bring quantum computers and information systems a step closer, researchers say. Technique uses laser light to observe, control the spin state of a single electron.

Energy August 15, 2014

This is how genetically engineered fruit flies can save humanity from hunger

Genetically engineered fruit flies can reduce the damage they cause to fruits and vegetables. The genetically engineered fruit flies produce only males.

Energy August 15, 2014

Hemp beats out graphene for high-performance energy storage

Scientists have discovered a new way to use hemp fibers to create electrodes that can more efficiently fuel supercapacitors than graphene, what was previously thought to be the top contender.

Energy August 14, 2014

Hemp beats out graphene for high-performance energy storage

Scientists have discovered a new way to use hemp fibers to create electrodes that can more efficiently fuel supercapacitors than graphene, what was previously thought to be the top contender.

Energy August 14, 2014

Sandwich-Making Method Gets More Advanced By Cornell Researchers

Cornell physicists develop a method of layering atoms for thin films to place in electronic devices after conducting a study that found that simply layering the atoms like a conventional sandwich caused certain layers to flip, producing ineffective films.

Energy August 6, 2014

Eavesdropping via potato chips? Yup, it can happen

Researchers figure out how to capture sound from vibrating objects, ranging from bags of chips to plants. An algorithm produces sounds from vibrations generally too subtle to be picked up by the naked eye.

Energy August 5, 2014

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