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    • Catalyst That Makes Hydrogen Gas Breaks Speed Record (ScienceDaily)- August 14, 2011
    • Looking to nature for their muse, researchers have used a common protein to guide the design of a material that can make energy-storing hydrogen gas. The synthetic material works 10 times faster than the original protein found in water-dwelling microbes, the researchers report in the August 12 issue of the journal Science, clocking in at 100,000 molecules of hydrogen gas every second. More...
    • Heat Transfer Breakthrough Cools Computers (IBTimes)- July 26, 2011
    • In what it calls a “fundamental breakthrough in heat transfer technology for microelectronics,” the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories has developed the “Sandia Cooler” – aka, the Air Bearing Heat Exchanger – a device that uses significantly less energy to cool computing equipment than previous devices. More...
    • Microsoft paper proposes using 'cloud' servers to heat homes (PhysOrg)- July 26, 2011
    • Microsoft has published a research paper that proposes installing servers used for cloud computing into homes and businesses, instead of in vast data centers. The idea being, that because such servers generate so much heat, why not use them to heat homes, instead of wasting even more energy by cooling the air in centralized locations. More...
    • Shining a Light on the Elusive 'Blackbody' of Energy Research (ScienceNewsline)- July 22, 2011
    • A designer metamaterial has shown it can engineer emitted "blackbody" radiation with an efficiency beyond the natural limits imposed by the material's temperature, a team of researchers led by Boston College physicist Willie Padilla report in the current edition of Physical Review Letters. More...
    • Gemasolar solar thermal power plant supplies power for 24 hours straight (PhysOrg)- July 11, 2011
    • Last week, the Gemasolar power plant near Seville, Spain, became the first commercial solar thermal power plant to supply uninterrupted power for a full 24 hours, according to builders Torresol Energy. In contrast to photovoltaic solar cells, which use the sun’s light to generate electricity, solar thermal plants use the sun’s heat to run steam turbines and generate electricity. More...
    • How Seawater Can Power the World (The New York Times)- July 10, 2011
    • Debate about America’s energy supply is heating up: gas prices are rising, ethanol is under attack and nuclear power continues to struggle in the shadow of the Fukushima disaster in Japan. More...