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    • Liquid crystal research, future applications advance (Phys.org)- December 27, 2012
    • Contributing geometric and topological analyses of micro-materials, University of Massachusetts Amherst mathematician Robert Kusner aided experimental physicists at the University of Colorado (UC) by successfully explaining the observed "beautiful and complex patterns revealed" in three-dimensional liquid crystal experiments. The work is expected to lead to creation of new materials that can be actively controlled. More...
    • The solar wind is swirly (Phys.org)- December 19, 2012
    • Using ESA's Cluster quartet of satellites as a space plasma microscope, scientists have zoomed in on the solar wind to reveal the finest detail yet, finding tiny turbulent swirls that could play a big role in heating it. More...
    • Boosting heat transfer with nanoglue (Phys.org)- December 4, 2012
    • A team of interdisciplinary researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has developed a new method for significantly increasing the heat transfer rate across two different materials. Results of the team's study, published in the journal Nature Materials, could enable new advances in cooling computer chips and lighting-emitting diode (LED) devices, collecting solar power, harvesting waste heat, and other applications. More...
    • Purdue moving forward on thermal storage project (Journal and Courier)- December 3, 2012
    • Purdue University officials are moving forward with plans for a thermal energy storage tank - but not in its original intended location. Last October, officials proposed a 5 million gallon, $16.8 million thermal energy storage tank to be located on ... More...
    • Nanoparticles Make Steam without Bringing Water to a Boil (MIT Technology Review (blog))- December 3, 2012
    • Generating that steam, however, typically requires vast amounts of energy to heat and eventually boil water or another fluid. Now researchers at Rice University have found a shortcut. Using light-absorbing nanoparticles suspended in water, the group ... More...
    • Radical Alternatives: Energy Sources to Transform Our Future (Huffington Post)- December 3, 2012
    • Be prepared to go beyond solar, wind and thermal energy sources and enter a new frontier of terms, including vortex, cold fusion and motor generators. Allan's excitement for these new forms of energy is palpable, and Meredith asks him all the right ... More...
    • Thermocline System Provides Cheap, Efficient Solar Energy Storage (Solar Novus Today)- December 3, 2012
    • The University of Arkansas' invention represents progress from conventional thermal energy storage methods like tanks of molten salt or beds of packed rock. "We are trying to come up with energy storage systems for high temperatures - up to 600 ... More...