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    • 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...
    • Mars mission will use million light bulb torch to look for life (The Telegraph)- November 29, 2011
    • The mobile space laboratory, which is the size of a car, was launched on Saturday and will touch down on Mars in August 2012. Once there, it will use a laser to analyse particles of dust to test for evidence of life. The laser from its ChemCam system will vaporise a sample area as small as a pinhead while a telescope will record the colours of light created by the glowing plasma. More...
    • FLEX-Ible Insight Into Flame Behavior (ScienceDaily)- November 29, 2011
    • Whether free-burning or smoldering, uncontrolled fire can threaten life and destroy property. On Earth, a little water, maybe some chemicals, and the fire is smothered. In space, where there is no up or down, flames behave in unconventional ways. More...
    • Better thermal management promises cheaper, greener, cooler electronics (PhysOrg)- November 28, 2011
    • At first glance, supercomputers, car parts, entertainment systems and radar antennas may not have much in common, but they all stand to benefit from important advances in thermal management technology being achieved by an EU-funded project. Materials developed under the project have been demonstrated in different application sectors, and some are already in use commercially, or likely to be in the near future. More...