The U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and their Belgium colleagues at Hasselt University have identified plant-associated microbes that can improve plant growth on marginal land. Brookhaven biologist and lead author Daniel (Niels) van der Lelie, leads the Lab’s biofuels research program and says, “Biofuels are receiving increased attention as one strategy for addressing [...]

Mike Kotschenreuther, senior research scientist with the Institute for Fusion Studies (IFS) and Department of Physics at the University of Texas at Austin is leading a team that has designed a hybrid fusion-fission reactor to burn fission reactor waste. When fully developed, the design would use fusion neutron products to eliminate most of the transuranic [...]

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, collaborating with researchers from the University of Delaware and Yeshiva University, have developed a new catalyst that could make ethanol-powered fuel cells feasible. The highly efficient catalyst performs two crucial, and previously unreachable steps needed to oxidize ethanol and produce clean energy in fuel cell [...]

A. Welford Castleman Jr., Eberly Family Distinguished Chair in Science and Evan Pugh Professor in the Penn State Departments of Chemistry and Physics and Penn State graduate students Patrick Roach and Hunter Woodward and Virginia Commonwealth University Professor of Physics Shiv Khanna and postdoctoral associate Arthur Reber announced a discovery to produce hydrogen from water [...]

Professor Chris Rhodes writing in Scitizen has offered the idea that “Gap Oil” could or should replace “Peak Oil.” It’s a concept that I could agree to, if the premise fit reality a little better. Professor Rhodes seems to like the idea that his thought of the “Gap Oil” label comes from him first, and [...]

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