Researchers improve efficiency of human walking (w/ video) (Update)
Humans have evolved to be incredibly efficient at walking. In fact, simulations of human locomotion show that walking on level ground and at a steady speed should theoretically require no power input at all.
Computers that mimic the function of the brain
Researchers are always searching for improved technologies, but the most efficient computer possible already exists. It can learn and adapt without needing to be programmed or updated. It has nearly limitless ...
Do biofuel policies seek to cut emissions by cutting food?
A study published today in the journal Science found that government biofuel policies rely on reductions in food consumption to generate greenhouse gas savings.
Mobile battery life can be prolonged with system settings
Mobile devices have a large number of different adjustable system settings whose energy impact can be difficult to understand for the average user, and even for the expert.
Turkmenistan pledges to curb water use
The leader of Turkmenistan on Sunday pledged to streamline water use, a huge problem in the isolated desert nation believed to be among the world's top water wasters.
Nanopillar fabrication to lead to more efficient electronics
A University of Texas at Arlington engineering researcher will build nanoscale pillars that will lead to more energy-efficient transistors in electronic devices and gadgets.
Water consumption transparency of the 75 largest companies in the Netherlands
Researchers from the University of Twente have developed a ranking for the transparency of the use of water by the 75 largest listed companies in the Netherlands. The list is headed by Heineken. Such a list ...
Program envisions "asleep-yet-aware" electronics that could revolutionize remote wireless sensors
State-of-the-art military sensors today rely on "active electronics" to detect vibration, light, sound or other signals. That means they constantly consume power, with much of that power and time spent processing ...
Gasoline use at lowest rate in three decades
Average fuel consumption by American drivers is at its lowest level in at least 30 years, says a University of Michigan researcher.
Saving energy with smart facades
Glass-fronted office buildings are some of the biggest energy consumers, and regulating their temperature is a big job. Now a façade element developed by Fraunhofer researchers and designers for glass fronts ...
New report identifies possible next steps in US energy development
The U.S. energy portfolio changes over time. Scientific and technologic advances related to hydraulic fracturing have dramatically increased the supply of U.S. oil and gas; because of this, a methane economy ...
Research reduces microprocessor serial link power consumption, improves data center energy efficiency
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers are working to reduce the serial link power consumption, thereby helping data centers and mobile platform operate more energy efficiently.
New software analyses the effect of climate change on buildings from the cloud
Large Spanish construction companies have begun to use a simulation software package, developed by two researchers at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, which analyses for the first time the entire ...
Solar beam collectors, key to enhancing solar power
New technologies could soon bring more effective ways of harvesting solar power. That is the case with small size concentrated solar power, or CSP. It is a relatively new technology compared to the more mature photovoltaic ...