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    • Quake-prone Japan Looks At Geothermal Energy (PhysOrg) - August 26, 2011
    • Kazuhiro Takase shows AFP around Japan's first geothermal plant at Hachimantai city in Iwate prefecture. The forces that make Japan one of the world's most quake-prone and volcanic countries, and sparked a nuclear disaster, could become part of its long-term energy solution, experts say. More ...
    • Solar Furnaces: A Powerful Use of Solar Power (RenewableEnergyWorld) - August 25, 2011
    • Solar power can be used in many extraordinary ways. One of the most majestic applications of solar thermal energy is the solar furnace. These are enormous installations that make use of solar thermal energy for extreme high heat processes (temperatures as high as 3500oC/6330oF). More ...
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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 ...
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    • 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 ...
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    • 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 ...
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    • 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 ...