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Computer Model Simulates the Impact of White Roofs

The first computer modeling study to simulate the impact of white roofs on urban areas worldwide - led by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO - suggests there may be merit to the idea of turning roofs white.

Posted in: Building Technologies, Climate, Remediation Technologies, Green Design & Manufacturing, News, GDM

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Engineers Concerned About Algae-Based Biofuel

DOE recently announced that it is awarding $78 million in stimulus money for research and development of algae-based biofuel. Yet researchers from the University of Virginia have found there are significant environmental hurdles to overcome, and propose using wastewater as a solution to some of these challenges.

Posted in: Pollution, Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Biomass, Energy, Government Initiatives, Government, News, GDM

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Study on Superconducting Hydrogen Offers Promise in Field

Researchers from Carnegie Institute for Science have modeled three hydrogen-dense metal alloys and found there are pressure and temperature trends associated with the superconducting state — a big boost in the understanding of how the material could be harnessed.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Energy Storage, Energy, News, GDM

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Wildfire Detection and Monitoring System

A low-cost wildfire detection and monitoring system using mobile communications technology is being developed by researchers at University of Adelaide's School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Posted in: Environmental Monitoring, Green Design & Manufacturing, Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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Paper Strips Detect Toxin in Water

Engineers at the University of Michigan led the development of a new biosensor - a strip of paper infused with carbon nanotubes - that can quickly and inexpensively detect a toxin produced by algae in drinking water.

Posted in: Pollution, Environmental Monitoring, Remediation Technologies, Green Design & Manufacturing, News, GDM

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Desalinating Water Using Solar Pond and Membrane Distillation System

Ecosystems of terminus lakes around the world could benefit from a system being developed at the University of Nevada, Reno that desalinates water using a specialized low-cost solar pond and patented membrane distillation system powered by renewable energy.

Posted in: Pollution, Remediation Technologies, Green Design & Manufacturing, Solar Power, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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Enhanced Lithium Ion Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory

Sandia National Laboratories will use $4.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to modify and enhance its existing Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory (BATLab), with the goal of developing low-cost batteries for electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

Posted in: Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Energy Storage, Energy, Transportation, Government Initiatives, Government, News, GDM

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