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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

Tesla-Panasonic giga dream takes wings in form of gigafactory

Tesla has forged a partnership with Panasonic that will help the electric car company fuel its dreams of building a gigafactory that will introduce low-cost battery packs that will launch the electric car into the mainstream market.

Energy August 4, 2014

Tesla’s ‘Gigafactory’ may be heading to Reno, Nevada

Tesla has broken ground for a possible Gigafactory location in Reno, Nevada. However, the company has not yet committed to the site, and is looking at other possible locations.

Energy August 2, 2014

No gas price spike on horizon as summer moves ahead

It looks like gas prices will be stable for the rest of summer. The prices may even fall, as they have already in some places like New Jersey.

Energy August 1, 2014

Panasonic will pour $1 billion investment to Tesla's Gigafactory: Report

Panasonic will be investing a total of $1 billion in Tesla's planned "Gigafactory," with an initial $200 million to $300 million investment planned to supply required machinery to the project.

Energy July 30, 2014

Breakthrough seen as 'Holy Grail' of battery design: Could improve smartphone and electric car battery life

New battery design could finally allow for longer battery life in our smartphones and tablets. Researchers are using anode, a metal, to create smaller and lightweight batteries with more power capacity.

Energy July 29, 2014

Holy Grail of the mobile device battery takes a big step closer to reality

Stanford researchers claim they're closer than ever to what would be the Holy Grail of battery power: creation of a pure lithium anode. Battery power is one of the top challenges with mobile computing devices and smartphones.

Energy July 28, 2014

Stanford scientists make lithium batteries better for future mobile devices

Researchers at Stanford discovered a new breed of lithium batteries that has longer and more lasting power. The batteries can increase a cellphone’s battery life by two to three times.

Energy July 30, 2014

'Superhydrophobic' surfaces increase efficiency: Inspired by beetles, developed by engineers

NSF-funded researchers, inspired by the water collection system of the Stenocara beetle, created nanoscale and macro-scale surfaces to increase efficiency in condensers and create more effective diagnostic tests and microfluidic circuits.

Energy July 25, 2014

Japan boosts subsidy to drive 'green' car sales

Japan has boosted subsidies for energy efficient 'green' vehicles in attempt to get more consumers to purchase them. This includes building supply stations for the hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles.

Energy July 24, 2014

Seals develop fondness for offshore wind farms: Here's why

Researchers observed a portion of GPS tracked seals frequently visit offshore wind farms and pipelines. It turned out these man-made structures serve as attractive hunting grounds for these marine mammals.

Energy July 22, 2014

Global energy markets react to MH17 tragedy

Crude oil prices rise in response to the horrific crash of the Malaysian airliner. U.S. gas prices are still falling, so far.

Energy July 27, 2014

Average price of gasoline in U.S. drops four cents, now at $3.67 a gallon

The average price of regular gasoline in the United States dropped to $3.67 a gallon as refiners pass on their savings due to low crude oil prices to consumers.

Energy July 14, 2014

IBM $3 billion dream: Developing 'post-silicon' computer chip

With big data and cloud computing in mind, IBM's $3 billion research initiative seeks to push the sectors forward. The two-pronged initiative anticipates the shift away from silicon-based chips but intends to spearhead to the effort to make them smaller in the meantime.

Energy July 17, 2014

Researchers watch 'molecular-movie' of water-splitting process in photosynthesis

Researchers use powerful laser to watch photosynthesis in action. Work could be a step on the way to engineering artificial photosynthesis, they say.

Energy July 11, 2014

Elon Musk sends $1 million donation to Nikola Tesla Museum

The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman succeeds in convincing Elon Musk to pitch in. The money will be used to help complete the museum in New York.

Energy July 11, 2014

Park benches aren't just for sitting, they're now solar-powered charging stations

Female-led startup develops smart benches for Boston. The Soofas use solar power to charge mobile devices and record environmental elements.

Energy July 2, 2014

Boston parks get solar-powered mobile charging benches

These park benches aren’t only made for sitting—they’re for mobile phone charging, too! Check out what Soofa is all about, which will soon roll out in Boston.

Energy June 30, 2014

Quantum biology: Algae may prove to be key ingredient for organic solar cells

Strange quantum effect may be why some algae can survive with almost no light for photosynthesis. Finding could lead to more efficient solar cells.

Energy June 17, 2014

Trapping light now possible for longer time than previously thought

Researchers at the University of Rochester have discovered a method of creating nanocavities that can trap light longer than previously capable. Possible applications of the nanocavities include telecommunication devices and biosensing technologies.

Energy June 17, 2014

Eucalyptus trees aren't just for hungry koalas, they're biofuel producers as well

The eucalyptus tree, home to the popular koala bear, is more than just sustenance for animals. It has many properties that can help humans produce renewable energy, food and environmental benefits.

Energy June 12, 2014

More than a coffee fix: Starbucks installs Duracell Powermat wireless phone chargers

Battery dead? Phone owners can now walk into the nearest Starbucks store, place their phones over the circular charging spots on the table and watch as their phones come back to life, all while sipping a grande Frappuccino.

Energy June 12, 2014

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