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    • Fluid Mechanics Revive Pilot-Wave Theory (Softpedia)- October 25, 2010
    • In a series of experiments, researchers at the Université Paris Diderot, led by physicist Yves Couder, demonstrated that small droplets of liquid can be made to behave like quantum particles. The results indicated that the small droplets were capable of bouncing up and down on a vibrated fluid bath, as they were carried away by waves that they themselves produced. This reminded the science team of the abandoned pilot-wave theory, which was one of the primary attempts of interpreting the emergin... More...
    • Autonomous Ocean Robot to Unlock Secrets of Antarctica (inhabitat.com)- October 25, 2010
    • Autonomous robots may be able to tell us just how bad the melting ice situation is in Antarctica and other hard-to-reach locations. Gavia, a bullet-shaped robot developed by the University of British Columbia, is attempting to do just that. The robot is currently in Antarctica on a mission to explore heretofore uncharted areas of the ocean. The eight foot by two foot robot, which comes decked out with mapping sonar, a digital camera, current meters, and a slew of sensors, is currently in Antarct... More...
    • Climate change could cost US Gulf Coast billions (AFP)- October 20, 2010
    • The US Gulf Coast, battered by hurricanes and a devastating oil spill, faces cumulative losses of 350 billion dollars if it fails to address the effects of climate change, a new study said Wednesday. The joint research by insurance firm Swiss Re and energy company Energy Corporation warns that Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama face annual losses of two to three percent of GDP by 2030 if they fail to act. "Wind and storm surge damage today already amounts to an average 14 billion dollars ... More...
    • Computer Modeling of Swimming Fish Could Lead to New Robots and Prosthetics (US News)- October 20, 2010
    • COLLEGE PARK, Md—Scientists at the University of Maryland and Tulane University have developed a computational model of a swimming fish that is the first to address the interaction of both internal and external forces on locomotion. The interdisciplinary research team simulated how the fish's flexible body bends, depending on both the forces from the fluid moving around it as well as the muscles inside. Understanding these interactions, even in fish, will help design medical prosthetics for hu... More...
    • Can fluid dynamics offer insights into quantum mechanics? (Nanowerk)- October 20, 2010
    • In the first decades of the 20th century, physicists hotly debated how to make sense of the strange phenomena of quantum mechanics, such as the tendency of subatomic particles to behave like both particles and waves. One early theory, called pilot-wave theory, proposed that moving particles are borne along on some type of quantum wave, like driftwood on the tide. But this theory ultimately gave way to the so-called Copenhagen interpretation, which gets rid of the carrier wave, but with it the in... More...
    • First solar thermal power plant with direct steam generation (7thSpace.com)- October 16, 2010
    • Solarlite GmbH, located in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Germany, is the parabolic trough collector developer and solar field constructer of the first commercial solar thermal power plant with Direct Steam Generation in the world. Solarlite has tested the DSG concept successfully in three pilot projects in Thailand and Germany. Solarlite's adaptation of DSG concept is based on the following advantages:rnrn- DSG concept is environment friendly and it avoids usage of flammable & environmental hazard... More...
    • U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in New York (TMCNews)- October 16, 2010
    • *** Thermal Management System Developed by Inventors ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 15 -- Four inventors have invented a thermal management system for cooling a heat generating component of a magnetic resonance imaging apparatus. The U.S. Patent was issued on Oct. 12 (No. 7,812,604). The co-inventors are Tunc Icoz, Schenectady, N.Y., Mehmet Arik, Niskayuna, N.Y., Yogen Vishwas Utturkar, Latham, N.Y., and Bruce Courtney Campbell Amm, Clifton Park, N.Y.An abstract of the invention, published by the U.S. Pa... More...
    • Is West Virginia a Geothermal Hot Spot? (RenewableEnergyWorld.com)- October 6, 2010
    • West Virginia, United States -- When you think of geothermal, West Virginia probably doesn't come to mind. But a team of researchers at Southern Methodist University, funded by Google.org, has found that geothermal resources in the state are capable of supporting large-scale power plants for baseload electricity production. The SMU Geothermal Laboratory recently said it has increased its estimate of West Virginia’s geothermal generation potential to 18,890 megawatts (assuming a conservative 2%... More...
    • Internal combustion: the way of the future (Manitoban)- September 28, 2010
    • Just when you thought we were on the verge of an electric car revolution, it turns out that the internal combustion engine isn’t leaving anytime soon. The winner of this year’s Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize has been announced, and underneath that aerodynamic, space-aged body is the familiar gas-guzzling engine that your grandfather would recognize. That is, if he could find where they put it. Weighing in at 376 kg and looking more like a spaceship than a commuter vehicle, the Edis... More...
    • Improved Storage for Solar Thermal Power Plants (ecogeek.org)- September 27, 2010
    • Another big grant recipient from the six seriously geeky developments that received USDOE funding as part of the ARPA-E program is a program to develop thermal energy storage with supercritical fluids from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). We've noted that the State of California has started approving solar-thermal power plants, and Google is even involved in research for solar-thermal power; it is a technology that has languished for some years, but is now starting to gain wider ... More...