New evidence suggests some birds gave up flight to become better swimmers
Lab sets a new record for creating heralded photons
(Phys.org) —Entanglement, by general consensus of physicists, is the weirdest part of quantum science. To say that two particles, A and B, are entangled means that they are actually two parts of an inseparable ...
Concentrator solar cell with world's highest conversion efficiency of 44.4%
Sharp Corporation has achieved the world's highest solar cell conversion efficiency of 44.4%, using a concentrator triple-junction compound solar cell. These solar cells are used in a lens-based concentrator ...
NEC phone is liquid-cooled and gender-specific
Obama acts to free up spectrum to ease crunch
US President Barack Obama moved Friday to free up more broadcast spectrum used by federal agencies to help meet the surging demand from smartphones and other mobile devices.
Programming model for supercomputers of the future
The demand for even faster, more effective, and also energy-saving computer clusters is growing in every sector. The new asynchronous programming model GPI from Fraunhofer ITWM might become a key building ...
'People power' could be key to cutting workplace energy costs
(Phys.org) —maginative new ways of empowering factory employees to cut energy use have been devised and successfully trialled by a consortium of UK universities and businesses.
Intelligent door seal prevents poor air quality
For a long time, heat insulation was en vogue – and nearly no one was concerned about poor indoor air quality. And yet excess CO2 hampers concentration. Now, researchers have come up with an intelligent ...
Supermileage vehicle is all about the mpg, not the mph
(Phys.org) —For most people, having a car that can clock 50 miles per gallon is a dream. For a group of BYU engineering students, anything less than 1,000 mpg is a disappointment.
Study finds disincentives to energy efficiency can be fixed
A new study finds that utilities aren't rewarded for adopting energy efficiency programs, and that reforms are needed to make energy efficiency as attractive as renewables.
Taiwan makers showcase computers at Computex
Taiwan's struggling PC makers are unveiling a new generation of ultra-thin laptops at the world's second-biggest computer show this week, even as they tap into the ever-expanding tablet market to help compensate ...
Researchers explore advantages of ported shroud turbochargers
(Phys.org) —The federal government wants more fuel-efficient vehicles on the country's highways and back roads, which often comes at the cost of reduced engine size and power. That can be hard to reconcile ...
More sustainable way to brew beer: Non-stop fermentation saves resources
Is it possible to increase the energy efficiency of brewing? Researchers from the Technische Universität München believe they have found a way to do just that. They have developed a fermentation process ...
User awareness key to effective energy monitoring
A new project makes the user interface for intelligent buildings monitor energy supply and consumption more easily accessible to everybody, from geeks to computer-illiterates.