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    • In Europe, debate grows over new nuclear power (The Washington Times)- December 30, 2011
    • The future of atomic energy in Europe looked bleak after the nuclear disaster in Japan, but some European leaders now see nuclear power as the only clean alternative to dirty coal-fired plants or unreliable wind and solar energy. More...
    • Energy IPOs Are Poised to Heat Up in 2012 (Forbes)- December 27, 2011
    • The IPO calendar for the first quarter of 2012 is shaping up to be a busy one for energy companies. The fourth quarter saw 38 companies file to go public. Energy companies lead the group with eight new issuers, followed by seven filings for consumer companies. More...
    • Researchers Measure Nanometer Scale Temperature (ScienceDaily)- December 19, 2011
    • Atomic force microscope cantilever tips with integrated heaters are widely used to characterize polymer films in electronics and optical devices, pharmaceuticals, paints, and coatings. These heated tips are also used in research labs to explore new ideas in nanolithography and data storage, and to study fundamentals of nanometer-scale heat flow. Until now, however, no one has used a heated nano-tip for electronic measurements More...
    • Jumping droplets take a lot of heat (Energy Daily)- December 14, 2011
    • Microscopic water droplets jumping from one surface to another may hold the key to a wide array of more energy efficient products, ranging from large solar panels to compact laptop computers. Duke University engineers have developed a new way of producing thermal diodes to regulate heat by bleeding it away or keeping it in. The method solves several shortcomings of existing devices. More...
    • World's 'smallest steam engine' built in Germany (BBC)- December 13, 2011
    • The world's smallest working "steam engine" has been built in Germany, according to a team of researchers. The microscopic model was based on a 195-year-old design by the inventor Robert Stirling More...
    • Thinner Thermal Insulation (ScienceDaily)- December 2, 2011
    • Insulation panels that are both thin and effective are expensive. At present these high-end products are built into energy-saving refrigerators. Innovative components and production techniques are now set to sink the costs -- so that private home-builders can also benefit from the new technology. More...
    • A novel way to concentrate sun's heat (PhysOrg)- December 2, 2011
    • Most technologies for harnessing the sun’s energy capture the light itself, which is turned into electricity using photovoltaic materials. Others use the sun’s thermal energy, usually concentrating the sunlight with mirrors to generate enough heat to boil water and turn a generating turbine. A third, less common approach is to use the sun’s heat — also concentrated by mirrors — to generate electricity directly, using solid-state devices called thermophotovoltaics, which have their root... More...