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    • Cold asteroids may have a soft heart (PhysOrg)- April 8, 2011
    • A new analysis of one of the most well-known meteorites on Earth provides strong evidence that the prevailing view of many asteroids is wrong. Rather than randomly mixed blobs of rock and dust stuck together, it appears that the asteroid that was the source of the Allende meteorite was large enough to have had a molten core, even though its surface remained cold and solid... More...
    • Nanoparticles Improve Solar Collection Efficiency (ScienceDaily)- April 5, 2011
    • Using minute graphite particles 1000 times smaller than the width of a human hair, mechanical engineers at Arizona State University hope to boost the efficiency -- and profitability -- of solar power plants. Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are popping up more and more on rooftops, but they're not necessarily the best solar power solution... More...
    • Pinnacle Engines Introduces Its Ultra-Efficient Combustion Engine (The Street)- March 31, 2011
    • Pinnacle Engines today unveiled plans to commercialize a breakthrough ultra-efficient engine by 2013. The new engine design enables significant reductions in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions without increasing vehicle cost. Pinnacle also announced it has raised $13.5 million in venture funding from NEA, Bessemer Venture Partners and Infield Capital. While electrification of the worldwide vehicle fleet presents a promising long-term solution... More...
    • Scientists discover recycling method to advance fuel cell practicality (PhysOrg)- March 21, 2011
    • The use of hydrogen as a practical, widespread alternative fuel to gasoline took another step today as researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and The University of Alabama announce a method for recycling a hydrogen fuel source. The scientists demonstrate that a lightweight material, ammonia borane, can be a feasible material for storing hydrogen on vehicles... More...
    • Breakthrough in Nanocomposite for High-Capacity Hydrogen Storage (ScienceDaily)- March 14, 2011
    • Since the 1970s, hydrogen has been touted as a promising alternative to fossil fuels due to its clean combustion -- unlike hydrocarbon-based fuels, which spew greenhouse gases and harmful pollutants, hydrogen's only combustion by-product is water. Compared to gasoline, hydrogen is lightweight, can provide a higher energy density and is readily available. But there's a reason we're not already living in a hydrogen economy... More...
    • Tough crystal nut cracked: Correct prediction of all three known crystal structures of a sulfonimide (Physorg.com)- March 10, 2011
    • Small differences in the production conditions, such as variations in pressure or temperature, can be enough to cause fine chemicals, such as pharmaceuticals, pigments, explosives, or agrochemicals, to crystallize in a different form. This can lead to problems with the production process or to undesirable product properties. It is correspondingly important to know which crystal structures are possible. Scientists use computational chemistry methods to obtain information about molecular structure... More...
    • In clean energy R&D, a spark--but then what? (CNet News)- March 4, 2011
    • Although its short-term funding remains uncertain, the 2-year-old Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program has so far delivered on its mission to pursue high-risk, high-payoff research. But even at this week's ARPA-E Summit, a conference to tout potential game-changers, there were reminders that even great technology doesn't guarantee commercial success, which could be crucial when questions over government R&D funding arise in the future. In interviews at the conference, entrep... More...
    • Clarkson professor receives $400k CAREER award from National Science Foundation (North County Now)- March 4, 2011
    • Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sulapha Peethamparan has received a $400,000 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). A proposal, titled "Mechanisms of Hydration Kinetics and Property Evolution in Activated Slag and Fly Ash Multi-Phase Sustainable Binder Systems," earned her the special distinction from the NSF. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is an NSF-wide activity that offers the foundation's most prestigious... More...