Magnetic Energy Recovery

September 30, 2010 | 11 Comments

In an interesting collaboration the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan, the U.S. Office of Naval Research Global (ONR), and MERSTech brings a design of a system that controls electrical flow for lighting, a highly efficient platform that may spark a new era of power savings. The design comes form the Tokyo Institute and was [...]

Some press releases go pretty far. One hopes the scientists proofread the text before it gets out.  The University of Wisconsin says in its release about a low cost, low temperature hydrogen catalyst for purification, “Engineering researchers from Tufts University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Harvard University have demonstrated the low-temperature efficacy of an atomically [...]

The quick refresher – a Dyson Sphere is an idea to encase the sun in a ball to collect the whole solar energy output.  There are problems – one is if all the matter in the solar systems was used and made into a material at about steel’s density it would be about 8cm or [...]

A New Way to Harvest Heat

September 27, 2010 | 5 Comments

Catching the energy lost from waste heat has been on the wish list of engineers for as long energy has been understood.  Yet the functioning concept for replacing existing techniques that is both more efficient and economically competitive hasn’t arrived. Now University of Arizona physicists are announcing they have discovered a new way of harvesting [...]

An Antenna Breakthrough

September 24, 2010 | 5 Comments

Indefatigable persistence has its rewards.  Do you remember those TV antenna devices that plugged into the home wiring and to the TV claiming they would be a great TV antenna?  This writer had one that worked great – on one UHF channel. University of Washington and the Georgia Institute of Technology use residential wiring to [...]

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