News : Energy
"Fool's Gold" Could Lead to Cheaper Solar Energy

Pyrite - or “fool’s gold” - has recently helped researchers at Oregon State University discover related compounds that offer new, cheap, and promising options for solar energy. These new compounds would be benign and could be processed from some of the most abundant elements on Earth.

Articles : Imaging
New Video Documents Three-Year Trek by Mars Rover

A new video compiles 309 images taken by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, providing an historic record of a three-year trek that totaled about 13 miles across a Martian plain pocked with smaller craters.

While Opportunity was traveling from Victoria crater to Endeavour crater,...

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Integrated Semiconductor Nanowires Improve Solar Cell Production

Tiny wires could help engineers realize high-performance solar cells and other electronics, according to University of Illinois researchers. The research group, led by electrical and computer engineering professor Xiuling Li, developed a technique to integrate compound...

News : Research Lab
Is Sustainability Science a Legitimate Science?

Creating a scientific field just out of societal and policy need is a bold concept. But Los Alamos National Laboratory and Indiana University researchers say that for the emerging field of sustainability science - sorting among theoretical and applied scientific disciplines, making sense of...

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Blade Server

NextComputing (Nashua, NH) has announced support for the NVIDIA® Tesla™ C-class GPU computing processors in its NextStream dense streaming blade server, including the recently announced Tesla C2075. At a diminutive 2 rack units (2U) high, the NextStream is optimized for high-performance computing tasks that require a mix of...

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Fanless Mini PC

Stealth.Com Inc. (Stealth Computer) (San Jose, CA) has released the new model LPC-125LPFM, a rugged, small footprint, fanless computer for industrial, Mobile/In-Vehicle and Embedded applications. Stealth’s fanless mobile PC utilizes the Intel® D525 Pineview 1.8GHz Dual Core processor technology with two physical cores and four...

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PC/104-Plus and EPIC SBCs

ADLINK Technology (San Jose, CA) has released its latest Ampro by ADLINK™ Extreme Rugged™ CoreModule® 720 PC/104-Plus single board computer (SBC) with Intel® Atom™ Processor E600 Series and Rugged ReadyBoard™ 910 EPIC SBC with 2nd Generation Intel Core™ i7/i5/i3 and Celeron® processors. The CoreModule 720...

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Servo Drive

Portescap’s (West Chester, PA) LVD is a high-performance low-voltage servo drive, designed to support small and large Brushed DC or Brushless motors. Packed in a high power-density package, LVD is powered from a supply voltage of 12-48VDC, and is capable of 7Amps RMS continuous and 12Amps RMS peak current with CANopen®...

News : Energy
New Battery Design Features Carbon Foam Cathode

A lighter, greener, cheaper, longer-lasting battery. Who wouldn’t want that?

News : Materials
Efficient Method for Creating Flexible, Transparent Electrodes

As the market for liquid crystal displays and other electronics continues to drive up the price of indium — the material used to make the indium tin oxide (ITO) transparent electrodes in these devices — scientists have been searching for a less costly and more dynamic...

Question of the Week
Will we be able to design an "operating system" for a living biological cell?
This week's Question: As part of a five-year, $1.58 million research project named AudACiOus, a group of University of Nottingham scientists will attempt to program the genetic components of a cell to perform any desired function, without requiring extensive modification...
Articles : Energy
Retrofitting for Sustainability: Carbon-Smart and Cost-Effective Solutions

As the sustainable design movement continues to grow rapidly throughout the US, architectural engineers, building product manufacturers, and construction business owners must keep up with stringent environmental regulations amidst a quickly changing landscape of new green...

News : Energy
Super Yeast Turns Pine into Ethanol
Super Yeast Turns Pine into Ethanol

A research team from the University of Georgia has developed a "super strain" of yeast that can efficiently ferment ethanol from pretreated pine - one of the most common species of trees in the U.S. Their...

Super Yeast Turns Pine into Ethanol
News : Energy
Read November's Lighting Technology

The new issue of Lighting Technology is here! Check out more new feature articles, application stories, tech briefs, products, videos, and research news - all on the latest advances in LEDs and solid-state lighting.

Products : Energy
Ideal Diodes With 15-mV Forward Voltage

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) has introduced the LTC4415, a monolithic two-channel 4A PowerPath™ ideal diode device designed to reduce heat, voltage drop, and board space while preserving battery run time in power switchover circuits.

News : Green Design & Manufacturing
Jet Fuel of the Future
Jet Fuel of the Future

With the DOE, Virent, Inc., and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) working together, planes may soon take to the skies using less petroleum. In June, DOE announced an award of up to $13.4 million dollars...

Jet Fuel of the Future
Question of the Week
Are you concerned that children are spending more time than ever in front of screens?
This week's Question: A new study from Common Sense Media shows that infants and toddlers spend twice as much time with screen media as they do with books. While television is still the dominant media device in most young children's lives, the study, based on...
News : RF & Microwave Electronics
Adapted Antennas Harness More Power From the Sun

A research team from Tel Aviv University is working on a solar panel composed of nano-antennas instead of semiconductors. By adapting classic metallic antennas to absorb light waves at optical frequencies, a much higher conversion rate from light into useable energy can be achieved.

News : Green Design & Manufacturing
A Step Forward for Bioremediation

Berkeley Lab researchers have revealed critical genetic secrets of a bacterium that holds potential for removing toxic and radioactive waste from the environment. The researchers have provided the first ever map of the genes that determine how these bacteria interact with their surrounding environment.

Articles : Materials
New NASA Material Redefines “Dark”

NASA engineers have produced a material that absorbs, on average, more than 99 percent of the ultraviolet, visible, infrared, and far-infrared light that hits it -- a development that promises to open new frontiers in space technology.

Engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD,...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Design Competition for Portable Solar Power

Today, Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (Thornton, CO) - a developer of lightweight, flexible, thin-film photovoltaic modules - has announced the selection of seven teams that will begin designing prototypes for the Ascent Solar Innovative Design Competition.

News : Green Design & Manufacturing
Photosynthesis Helper Protein Discovered

Photosynthesis is less efficient in plants than it could be. Red algae, in contrast, use a slightly different mechanism and are thus more productive. Scientists from Germany's Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB) have now identified a helper protein for photosynthesis in red algae.

Question of the Week
Is the discovery of intelligent alien life unlikely?
This week's Question: Two recent ePetitions on a "We the People" petition site asked the government to acknowledge the presence of aliens. A reply from a research assistant from the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy emphasized that the government was actively looking for...
News : Energy
A Search Engine for Clean Energy Materials

For everything from batteries to photovoltaics, new materials are crucial to building a clean energy economy. To speed up the development cycle, Berkeley Lab and MIT researchers have teamed up to develop a new tool - called the Materials Project - which launches this month.

News : Energy
Green Innovation - Awarded

The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) has won the 2011 GreenGov Presidential Award for Green Innovation. NREL’s Green Data Center was recognized for its innovative design that minimizes its energy footprint and reduces costs, without compromising service quality.

News : Green Design & Manufacturing
New Anode Technology Improves Battery Performance

A breakthrough in components for next-generation batteries could come from special materials that transform their structure to perform better over time.

A team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, led by Argonne nanoscientist Tijana Rajh and battery...

Articles : Photonics/Optics
NASA Looks to Make Tractor Beams a Reality

Tractor beams — the ability to trap and move objects using laser light — are not just “Star Trek” science fiction, and are not beyond current technology. A team of NASA scientists has won funding to study the concept of remotely capturing planetary or atmospheric particles, and delivering them...

News : Energy
Affordable Solar Option for Power Plants

Solar thermal power plants - which use high temperatures and pressure generated by sunlight to produce turbine movement - are an environmentally-friendly alternative to standard power plants. But this can be expensive, especially when it comes to equipment made from expensive metals and the solar...

News : Materials
Composite Metamaterial for Solar Tech

A Northwestern University research team has developed a new material that absorbs a wide range of wavelengths and could lead to more efficient and less expensive solar technology. The researchers used two unconventional materials – metal and silicon oxide – to create thin but complex, trapezoid-shaped...

Question of the Week
Will there be enough of a market to justify taxpayer investment in new, private space taxis?
This week's Question: Last week, leaders of various commercial space companies argued for the future of their industry in front of a House panel, as lawmakers questioned whether there would be enough of a market in space transportation and tourism to...