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Sorry, graphene—borophene is the new wonder material that’s got everyone excited

April 21st, 2019 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

Stronger and more flexible than graphene, a single-atom layer of boron could revolutionize sensors, batteries, and catalytic chemistry. Not so long ago, graphene was the great new wonder material. A super-strong, atom-thick sheet of carbon “chicken wire,” it can form tubes, balls, and other curious shapes. And because it conducts electricity, materials scientists raised the […]

‘Coal is on the way out’: study finds fossil fuel now pricier than solar or wind

April 2nd, 2019 at 12:03 pm » Comments Off

Around 75% of coal production is more expensive than renewables, with industry out-competed on cost by 2025 ‘We’ve seen we are at the ‘coal crossover’ point in many parts of the country.’ Around three-quarters of US coal production is now more expensive than solar and wind energy in providing electricity to American households, according to […]

Scientists just found a new way to make fuel from seawater

March 27th, 2019 at 12:10 pm » Comments Off

Could this help reignite hydrogen as a renewable fuel? Though hydrogen fuel eliminates tailpipe pollution, most hydrogen fuel is made from natural gas, a fossil fuel. It is possible to make it from a cleaner source: water. With electrodes in water, electricity can split the hydrogen from oxygen, giving you pure hydrogen. But until now, […]

Refrigerants not required: Flexible metal cooling prototype demonstrates extreme efficiency

March 20th, 2019 at 11:07 am » Comments Off

The prototype heating/cooling system uses the remarkable properties of shape-memory nitinol metals for environmentally friendly cooling and heating A German research team has prototyped an extraordinary heating/cooling system that stresses and unloads nickel-titanium “muscle wires” to create heated and cooled air at twice the efficiency of a heat pump or three times the efficiency of […]

Google’s DeepMind can predict wind patterns a day in advance

March 3rd, 2019 at 12:04 pm » Comments Off

DeepMind knows which way the wind blows Wind power has become increasingly popular, but its success is limited by the fact that wind comes and goes as it pleases, making it hard for power grids to count on the renewable energy and less likely to fully embrace it. While we can’t control the wind, Google […]

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