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    • When Supersonic Is Just Too Slow (Forbes.com)- March 16, 2010
    • But the program is more than a speed contest. It's part of an effort to go fast and travel further without having to carry lots of rocket fuel, which is cumbersome. The X-51 will be powered by a hydrocarbon-based jet fuel called JP7. The Air Force might want to base a high-speed, long-range missile around the technology, or make a very fast spy plane with it. NASA began looking at the technology (it ran the X-43 program) to develop a less bulky and expensive way of getting to space. As it stands... More...
    • MIT scientists transform polyethylene into a heat-conducting material (e! Science News)- March 7, 2010
    • Most polymers — materials made of long, chain-like molecules — are very good insulators for both heat and electricity. But an MIT team has found a way to transform the most widely used polymer, polyethylene, into a material that conducts heat just as well as most metals, yet remains an electrical insulator. The new process causes the polymer to conduct heat very efficiently in just one direction, unlike metals, which conduct equally well in all directions. This may make the new material espe... More...
    • Delek Chief Expects Growth in Energy Through Exploration, Deals (Bloomberg.com)- March 2, 2010
    • March 2 (Bloomberg) -- Delek Group Ltd., the holding company controlled by billionaire Yitzhak Tshuva, will expand in energy and infrastructure through natural gas exploration and more acquisitions, Chief Executive Officer Asaf Bartfeld said. “While we’re seeking to remain strong across many sectors, our main growth focus in the coming years will be in the energy and infrastructure industries,” he said in an interview last week at his office in Netanya, Israel. “We hope continuing explor... More...
    • A cosmologist suggests a novel way to uncover the nature of spacetime on the smallest scales (Science News)- February 26, 2010
    • Projecting spacetime, According to the holographic principle as envisioned by Craig Hogan, each grain of information encoded on a surface (left) becomes larger when seen by an observer a great distance away, just as the graininess inherent in a movie is magnified when projected onto a big screen. Call it Hogan’s noise. Many physicists are skeptical, but if his hunch about the existence of this subatomic clatter proves correct, it could have a mind-boggling implication: that the entire universe... More...
    • Bloom Energy shows off combustion-free fuel cell (Los Angeles Times)- February 24, 2010
    • LOS ANGELES — After nine years of research shrouded in secrecy, a Silicon Valley tech firm Wednesday took the wraps off a fuel cell that it says can generate energy by combining air and a wide range of fuels without going through the process of combustion. The firm, Bloom Energy, said the solid oxide fuel cell — resembling a Polaroid snapshot in dimension and thickness — can be powered by either fossil fuel or renewable sources in an electrochemical process that is both cleaner and more re... More...
    • Quantum gravity and space's informational entropy (Ars Technica)- February 14, 2010
    • In my last report from Physics@FOM, I will talk about something I am truly not competent to discuss: "Holography, ADS/CFT and the emergence of gravity." I realize that I am not always the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I have never found myself so lost so quickly in a presentation. I think this comes from the difficulties in conveying some very new concepts by Erik Verlinde, who is still in the process of grappling with them himself. Nevertheless, let me try. Holography, and anti de Sitter sp... More...
    • Nanobubbles 'jackhammer' cancer cells (Science News)- February 5, 2010
    • HOUSTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Scientists at Rice University say they've used nanobubbles to target and explode individual diseased cancer cells. Physicists Dmitri Lapotko and Jason Hafner created the nanobubbles by placing gold nanoparticles in cancer cells and then zapping them with short laser pulses, the university said in a release. "The bubbles work like a jackhammer," Lapotko said, noting the goal is to identify and treat unhealthy cells early, before a disease progresses. Lapotko first used th... More...
    • Download full size image Applied Electric Field Can Significantly Improve Hydrogen Storage Properties (Red Orbit)- February 3, 2010
    • An international team of researchers has identified a new theoretical approach that may one day make the synthesis of hydrogen fuel storage materials less complicated and improve the thermodynamics and reversibility of the system. Many researchers have their sights set on hydrogen as an alternative energy source to fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas and coal that contain carbon, pollute the environment and contribute to global warming. Known to be the most abundant element in the universe, hy... More...
    • Scientist Xavier Noblin wins prize from The Journal of Experimental Biology (Cote dAzur)- January 27, 2010
    • This Côte d’Azur researcher from the CNRS won this year's JEB Outstanding Paper Prize awarded for the best article published by a young scientist. The prize is awarded in recognition of an outstanding achievement and is intended to encourage young scientists,’ according to Hans Hoppleler, Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Experimental Biology . Dr. Xavier Noblin received the distinction for his paper on ‘Surface tension propulsion of fungal spores’. A physics graduat... More...
    • CD-adapco unveils latest version of industry leading engine simulation toolkit (Cad Cam News)- January 19, 2010
    • CD-adapco has announced the release of new versions of STAR-CD and es-ice, which together make up leading industrial toolkit for engine simulation. “With an ever-increasing emphasis on emissions and energy sustainability – from legislators and consumers alike – challenges for Powertrain teams continue to grow, Whether it’s a new fuel, new combustion model or a new lightweight material, realistic simulation is an integral tool in successfully bringing new technologies to market” said CD... More...