Supercritical water could lead to biomass-to-fuel conversion on a large scale
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 ...
White House moves to curb 'patent trolls' (Update 2)
The White House moved Tuesday to crack down on abuses of the patent system, responding to mounting concern among technology companies over a flood of litigation which some say stifles innovation.
Google Glass for consumers will 'take a while', Schmidt says
Consumers can expect to wait a while before they're able to lay their hands on Google's much-hyped Internet-connected eyewear, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said Friday.
Stalling science threatens every domain of modern life
The looming "sequestration," across-the-board budget cuts that were never really meant to happen, could cripple key areas of science by slashing federal investment in research and development by an estimated 8.4 percent between ...
UK stays cautious over thorium as nuclear fuel
IBM introduces new powerful mainframe computers
IBM on Tuesday introduced a new line of mainframe computers the company calls its most powerful and technologically advanced ever.
Crystals detect threats to national security
Using a crystal ball to protect homeland security might seem far-fetched, but researchers at Wake Forest University and Fisk University have partnered to develop crystals that can be used to detect nuclear threats, radioactive ...
Obama vows return to US science prominence (Update)
President Barack Obama pledged Monday to return the United States to a "high water mark" of scientific achievement, announcing a goal to commit three percent of GDP to research and development.
Research investments, growing markets prompt rise in energy patents, study finds
Innovation in energy technology is booming, according to a new paper in PLOS One that examines what factors set the pace for energy innovation.
Britain and Norway avoid the 'carbon curse' of fuel-rich countries
Countries rich in coal, oil and gas emit more carbon dioxide to generate the same amount of economic output as countries where fossil fuels are scarce, according to an Oxford University study.
Research leads to portable DNA testing device
(Phys.org) —More than 10 years of research and development have led to the introduction of a portable DNA analysis device that relies on technology developed by University of Virginia professor James P. ...
Taiwan's Hon Hai to hire 3,000 after Mozilla tie-up
Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision said Thursday it aims to hire up to 3,000 new employees to develop devices and software for Mozilla's Firefox operating system as it seeks to diversify from its core manufacturing services.
Europe needs to engage and invest in national R&D budgets
In June's edition of Physics World Portugal's former science and technology minister, José Mariano Gago, calls for more investment in, and engagement with, national science budgets in light of the European Union's (EU) s ...