New programming language for fast simulations
Norwegian researchers have developed an entirely new language for faster programming and simulations.
First-of-its-kind tube laser created for on-chip optical communications
System encourages creativity, makes robot-design fun
A new cardboard-robotic toolkit allows children to create custom robots they control wirelessly with hand gestures without formal education in programming or electronics.
Oil price slump puts at risk clean energy push, experts say
Falling oil prices could have a negative impact on global efforts to develop renewable energy sources, experts warned Saturday at a conference in Abu Dhabi.
Training the next generation of power engineers
Most people only think about the electricity that powers our homes and gadgets when it isn't there. When the power is humming, we tend to take it for granted. The trouble is, the network that delivers the ...
Expert discusses how low gasoline prices can influence fuel efficiency policies
The Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year touted its Fuel Economy Trends Report that found new vehicles produced in 2013 had achieved the highest fuel economy of all time. However, a recent sharp drop in U.S. gaso ...
Ultra-realistic radiation detection training without using radioactive materials
Training of first responders on the hazards of actual radiological and nuclear threats has been challenged by the difficulties of adequately representing those threats.
DNA 'glue' could someday be used to build tissues, organs
DNA molecules provide the "source code" for life in humans, plants, animals and some microbes. But now researchers report an initial study showing that the strands can also act as a glue to hold together ...
How to make solar energy systems more widespread
Retrofitting existing buildings with adequate cutting-edge technologies is thought to guarantees spectacular energy savings, by about 50%. The objective of the EU funded project BRICKER is precisely to demonstrate such possibility. ...
Research proves that light-sensitive cells in frog eyes can detect single photons
Miniature light detectors in frog eyes known as retinal rod cells are directly and unambiguously shown to detect single photons of light—an astounding sensitivity considering that a humble 60 watt light ...
Water, water, everywhere—controlling the properties of nanomaterials
Scientists at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are learning how the properties of water molecules on the surface of metal oxides can be used to better control these minerals and ...
Light technologies illuminate global challenges
During these dark winter months, spare a thought for artificial lights. From strings of lights adding holiday cheer to artificial sunlamps alleviating seasonal affective disorder, they brighten our days. ...
Municipalities in Sweden powering cities from renewable energy sources
By relying on district heating combined with heat and power production, municipalities in Sweden power their cities from renewable energy sources.
New study from Harvard compares design of fuel systems for soft robots
By defining a set of key metrics to evaluate the fuel systems available to drive autonomous and wearable soft robots, a team of engineers and chemists are able to compare the advantages and limitations of ...