Scorpions inspire scientists in making tougher surfaces for machinery
Taking inspiration from the yellow fattail scorpion, which uses a bionic shield to protect itself against scratches from desert sandstorms, scientists have developed a new way to protect the moving parts of ...
Wind farms turn in record growth in 2012
Wind farms added a record 44.7 gigawatts of electricity production last year, increasing capacity 19 percent to 282.5 gigawatts, the Global Wind Energy Council said Monday.
Space likely for rare earths search, scientists say
The quest for rare earths vital to some of modern life's most indispensable technologies may see mining robots jet to the stars within decades, a world-first conference in Australia was told Wednesday. ...
Superconductor 'flaws' could be key to its abilities
(Phys.org)—Many researchers studying superconductivity strive to create a clean, pure, perfect sample, but a team of physicists found that some flaws might hold the key to a material's unique abilities.
A pathway for protons: Efficient delivery to material's center turns oxygen cleanly into water
(Phys.org)—Pushing protons around may sound like a small task, but it is a big part of energy independence for the United States. Moving four relatively large protons to where they are needed is easier ...
Personality clue to 'wind turbine syndrome'
(Phys.org) —Public concern about new technology infrastructure like mobile phone masts has been shown to trigger reports of ill health… and recently even the new 'green' technology of wind turbines has ...
Miners shoot for the stars in tech race
A self-sustaining mechanised colony that mines and exports resources from the Moon could be a reality within a generation, helping to meet demand for materials key to innovation on Earth.
Improved structural support for wind turbines could lead to 100% greater efficiency
(Phys.org)—A University of Cambridge's Department of Engineering study suggests that offshore wind farms could be 100 per cent more efficient in terms of energy payback if manufacturers embraced new methods ...
Rare earth metals: Will we have enough?
Life in the 21st century wouldn't be the same without rare earth metals. Cell phones, iPads, laptops, televisions, hybrid cars, wind turbines, solar cells and many more products depend on rare earth metals ...
Solar and wind energy may stabilise the power grid
(Phys.org)—Renewable energies such as wind, sun and biogas are set to become increasingly important in generating electricity. If increasing numbers of wind turbines and photovoltaic systems feed electrical ...
Super wind turbines represent a major technological breakthrough
Harnessing the wind's energy is the objective of a new project, which aims to provide an important breakthrough in offshore wind industrial solutions.
Active power control of wind turbines can improve power grid reliability
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with partners from the Electric Power Research Institute and the University of Colorado have completed a comprehensive study to understand how wind ...
Clean energy could lead to scarce materials
As the world moves toward greater use of low-carbon and zero-carbon energy sources, a possible bottleneck looms, according to a new MIT study: the supply of certain metals needed for key clean-energy technologies.
Iberdrola builds huge wind farm in US
Spanish energy giant Iberdrola has completed one of the world's biggest wind farms in the US state of Ohio, which will produce more than 300 megawatts of power, it said on Monday.