Tapping into mine water for geothermal energy
Millions of miles of tunnels criss-cross the ground under old mining communities across the United States. Abandoned, falling apart and choked with water, the tunnels are often viewed as a dangerous legacy. ...
Hot showers, lower power bills with heat pump water heaters
How much energy was used to heat the water for your morning shower is probably the least of your groggy, uncaffeinated thoughts.
Pumping efficiency into electrical motors
(Phys.org) —University of Adelaide researchers are using new magnetic materials to develop revolutionary electrical motors and generators which promise significant energy savings.
Making clean drinking water universally available is 'achievable'
(Phys.org) —Making clean drinking water globally accessible is one of the biggest challenges of this century. Yet a new study by Oxford University contends that this goal is achievable if the key elements ...
Bio-assisted nanophotocatalyst for hydrogen production
A protein found in the membranes of ancient microorganisms that live in desert salt flats could offer a new way of using sunlight to generate environmentally friendly hydrogen fuel. Researchers in the Nanobio ...
Lake Eyre, some 100 kilometres North of Adelaide, Australia, could become a thriving centre of bio-saline agriculture and trade and industry if an ambitious macro-engineering project were to be implemented.
How 'black swans' and 'perfect storms' become lame excuses for bad risk management
The terms "black swan" and "perfect storm" have become part of public vocabulary for describing disasters ranging from the 2008 meltdown in the financial sector to the terrorist attacks of September 11. But according to Elisabeth ...
Toyota recalls vehicles for steering, pump defects
Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 2.77 million vehicles around the world for a water pump problem and a steering shaft defect that may result in faulty steering—the latest in a spate of quality woes for Japan's top automaker.
Sweet new approach discovered to help produce metal casting parts, reduce toxicity
(Phys.org)—Based on a new discovery by researchers at Oregon State University, the world's multi-billion dollar foundry industry may soon develop a sweet tooth.
Why seas are rising ahead of predictions
Sea levels are rising faster than expected from global warming, and University of Colorado geologist Bill Hay has a good idea why. The last official IPCC report in 2007 projected a global sea level rise between ...
New economic electric water cooling pump for automobiles
The low cost, high efficiency electric pump offers an environmentally friendly alternative to mechanical counterparts. Aisin Seki Co., Ltd has now successfully developed a smaller, cheaper electric cooling ...
Forget blizzards and hurricanes, heat waves are deadliest
(Phys.org) -- In the pantheon of deadly weather events, heat waves rule.
Gorilla accidentally hangs himself at Prague zoo
A gorilla accidentally hanged himself on Friday at the Prague zoo, five years after gaining the spotlight when his birth was broadcast live on the internet.
Water mismanagement threatens Moroccan oasis
Tucked away in Morocco's high Atlas mountains the vast oasis of Errachidia, among the most beautiful in the south of the country, is today threatened by bad management.