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    • Heating cools a semiconductor (PhysicsWorld)- January 31, 2012
    • Laser cooling has been used on a solid film of semiconductor for the first time, reducing its temperature to a chilly 4 K. The work has been done by researchers in Denmark, who suggest that with future developments the semiconductor's temperature could be chilled further so that its vibrations are reduced almost to the quantum ground state in at least one direction. More...
    • Super Hot Salt: The Newest Energy Storage Innovation? (TheEnergyCollective)- January 31, 2012
    • Policymakers and energy industry experts often talk about clean energy as though it isn’t reliable. In fact, while an MIT study recently found the existing grid would probably be up to the challenge of absorbing clean energy, intermittency does present a real challenge that renewables must address to get to high levels of penetration. More...
    • Solar-powered car stops in California on trip around the world (Los Angeles Times)- January 31, 2012
    • A solar-powered car on a quest to circumnavigate the globe is kicking off a 49-day trek across the U.S. on Tuesday in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Propelled only by the sun’s rays, the two-seat SolarWorld Gran Turismo sports car is slated to travel 21,000 miles and set a “Guinness World Records” record for the longest distance covered by a solar car, according to its co-creator SolarWorld. More...
    • Mars Rover facing Sun radiation following solar flare (NV News)- January 31, 2012
    • Solar flares have been causing much disruption in communication and night-time repose with the brilliant Northern Lights, but now the effects are building up in gravity with the Mars Rover now getting taste of the CME blast. More...
    • How do you fight fire in space? Experiments provide some answers (PhysOrg)- January 31, 2012
    • Improving fire-fighting techniques in space and getting a better understanding of fuel combustion here on Earth are the focus of a series of experiments on the International Space Station, led by a professor at the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. More...
    • 'Cool' Gas May Form and Strengthen Sunspots (ScienceDaily)- January 31, 2012
    • Hydrogen molecules may act as a kind of energy sink that strengthens the magnetic grip that causes sunspots, according to scientists from Hawaii and New Mexico using a new infrared instrument on an old telescope. More...
    • Hot molecule explains cold chemistry (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft)- January 30, 2012
    • Surprisingly, hydrogen cyanide and its far more energetic isomer, hydrogen isocyanide, are present in almost equal amounts in cold interstellar gas clouds. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics have succeeded in explaining how this happens through experiments carried out in the Heidelberg ion storage ring. More...
    • Using Ocean Temperature Differences to Create Renewable Energy (Nasdaq.com)- January 24, 2012
    • Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) is an idea for creating renewable energy by exploiting the difference in ocean temperatures between the surface and the seabed. The OTEC permit office first opened in 1981 as part of NOAA, America's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the marine counterpart to NASA. More...
    • Physicists cool semiconductor by laser light (PhysOrg)- January 22, 2012
    • The experiments themselves are carried out in this vacuum chamber. When the laser light hits the membrane, some of the light is reflected and some is absorbed and leads to a small heating of the membrane. The reflected light is reflected back again via a mirror in the experiment so that the light flies back and forth in this space and forms optical resonator (cavity). More...