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Microscopy Technique Reveals Lithium-Ion Battery Functionality

As industries and consumers seek improved battery power sources, a new microscopy technique developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers is providing a novel perspective on how lithium-ion batteries function.

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Should smartphones be used as learning tools in the classroom?

This week's Question of the Week focuses on smartphones in the classroom. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty recently suggested students should be allowed to use smartphones in the classroom, saying that the devices have a variety of helpful educational tools -- calendars, planners, and browsers, for example -- and teachers should have the ability to make the call on evolving technologies. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, however, said the phones are too disruptive and that until they're actually part of lesson plans, they won't help with learning.

What do you think? Should smartphones be used as learning tools in the classroom?

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Synthetic Fuel Research Underway

Purdue University researchers have developed a facility aimed at learning precisely how coal and biomass are broken down in reactors called gasifiers as part of a project to strengthen the scientific foundations of the synthetic fuel economy.

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Will 3D catch on in the long run, and will TV fans and movie buffs demand the technology?

This week’s Question of the Week concerns 3D. The technology offers moviegoers and TV fans an enhanced viewing experience, and many recent 3D films, including Avatar and Alice in Wonderland, have had box office success. Several 3D movies, however, have flopped, and according to a new Nielsen Co. consumer study, many respondents who experience the 3D television technology — and especially the glasses needed to see 3D images — have become less interested in buying a 3D set.

What do you think? Will 3D catch on in the long run, and will TV fans and movie buffs demand the technology?

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Self-Assembling PV Technology Avoids Any Loss in Performance

The sun’s rays can be highly destructive to many materials and lead to a gradual degradation of many systems developed to harness it. MIT researchers have developed a new process that imitates a plant's naturally efficient repair mechanism.

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Using Computational Modeling to Produce Biodiesel from E. coli

Desmond Lun, an associate professor of computer science at Rutgers University–Camden, is researching how to alter the genetic makeup of E. coli to produce biodiesel fuel derived from fatty acids.

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New Geoengineering Approaches Offset Global Warming More Efficiently

Releasing engineered nano-sized disks or sulphuric acid, a condensable vapour, above the Earth are two novel approaches that offer advantages over simply putting sulphur dioxide gas into the atmosphere, says Dr. David Keith, a University of Calgary climate scientist.

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Should airplanes have families-only sections?

This week's Question of the Week concerns a poll from Skyscanner, a travel fare-comparison Web site. To reduce noise and keep children in one place, sixty percent of more than 2,000 surveyed travelers said it would be a good idea for airplanes to have families-only sections on flights.

What do you think? Should airplanes have families-only sections?

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New, Inexpensive Catalyst Boosts Oxygen Production for Home Energy Systems

The era of personalized energy systems — in which individual homes and small businesses produce their own energy for heating, cooling, and powering cars — took another step toward forward as MIT scientists have discovered a powerful new catalyst that is a key element in such a system.

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Solar-Powered, Oil-Cleaning Robots: Solution for Oil Spill?

A team of researchers at MIT's SENSEable City Laboratory have developed Seaswarm, a robot that autonomously navigates the water’s surface and uses nanofibers to absorb 20 times its weight in oil, which could be made into a viable solution for cleaning up the Gulf oil spill.

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