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    • Report: The West's Clean Energy Future In Doubt (Forbes)- August 24, 2011
    • Many utilities across the country have been investing in renewable electricity generation and technologies that cut inefficient energy use. But evidence shows that these initiatives will not likely lead to a strong shift away from using fossil fuels over the next four decades unless more aggressive policies and investments materialize, according to a report released Wednesday. More...
    • Giant Camera Will Hunt For Signs Of Dark Energy (NPR)- August 22, 2011
    • A giant and powerful digital camera is about to be shipped from a lab near Chicago to a telescope in Chile to study a mysterious part of the universe called dark energy. Dark energy makes up most of our universe, but scientists currently know almost nothing about it except that it seems to be making the expansion of our universe speed up. More...
    • Japan Quake Is Causing Costly Shift to Fossil Fuels (The New York Times)- August 19, 2011
    • The half-century-old, oil-fueled power generators here had been idle for more than a year when, a day after the nuclear accident in March, orders came from Tokyo Electric Power headquarters to fire them up. More...
    • Renewable Energy Consumption Tops Nuclear for First Time (TechCrunch)- August 16, 2011
    • According to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the consumption of energy from renewable sources recently topped both the current and the historical consumption levels for nuclear energy. The shift was immediately caused by nuclear outages that coincided with the high-water season for hydropower generation. More...
    • Effortless Sailing With Fluid Flow Cloak (ScienceDaily)- August 15, 2011
    • Duke engineers have already shown that they can "cloak" light and sound, making objects invisible. Now, they have demonstrated the theoretical ability to significantly increase the efficiency of ships by tricking the surrounding water into staying still. More...
    • 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...