Fracking shifts global energy balance
North America's shale oil and gas boom has shifted the balance in global energy markets, giving the US and Canada new leverage as exporters, despite the Middle East retaining a pivotal role.
How diamonds emerge from graphite
Scientists have used a new method to precisely simulate the phase transition from graphite to diamond for the first time. Instead of happening concerted, all at once, the conversion evidently takes place in ...
Advance offers new opportunities in chemistry education, research
Researchers at Oregon State University have created a new, unifying method to describe a basic chemical concept called "electronegativity," first described almost 80 years ago by OSU alumnus Linus Pauling ...
Britain best in energy efficiency as US lags: report
Britain is a champion of energy efficiency while the United States and Canada lag behind in conserving power, according to a new report released Thursday.
Energy savings—easy as dirt, heat, pressure
(Phys.org)—By using common materials found pretty much anywhere there is dirt, a team of Michigan State University researchers have developed a new thermoelectric material.
Photons emitted by quantum dots can be made indistinguishable through quantum frequency conversion
(Phys.org)—An international collaboration led by researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology has demonstrated the ability to make photons emitted by quantum dots at different frequencies identical to each other by shifting t ...
Research team shows nuclear clock could be 60 times more accurate than atomic clock
Physicists calculate how to make atomic clocks super-accurate
(PhysOrg.com) -- When it comes to atomic clocks, every second counts. In fact, according to Marianna Safronova, every quintillionth of a second counts.
Rules devised for building ideal protein molecules from scratch
(Phys.org)—By following certain rules, scientists can prepare architectural plans for building ideal protein molecules not found in the real world. Based on these computer renditions, previously non-existent ...
China, Germany move ahead on clean energy: study
Germany has outpaced the United States as the number two player in clean energy while China keeps racing ahead as the world's green investment leader, a study said Tuesday.
Diamonds shine in quantum networks: Researchers hitch precious stone's impurities onto nano-resonators
When it comes to dreaming about diamonds, energy efficiency and powerful information processing aren't normally the thoughts that spring to mind. Unless, of course, you are a quantum physicist looking to create the most secure ...
Small reactors could figure into US energy future
A newly released study from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) concludes that small modular reactors may hold the key to the future of U.S. nuclear power generation.
Experts mixed on whether Obama's goal of 1 million electric cars by 2015 can be reached
Fingerprinting uranium: X-rays identify mobile, stationary forms of atomic pollutant
(PhysOrg.com) -- Determining if uranium will zip through the soil or not is easier now, thanks to scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of North Texas. Dr. Eugene Ilton and ...