Researchers at the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) have patented a passive cooling system for computer processors using 3M’s Fluorinert FC-72. The press release calculation has it that the passive cooler could save U.S. consumers more than $6.3 billion per year in energy costs associated with running their computer’s cooling fans. The system, while clever, […]



Researchers in France have proven for the first time the viability of bioasphalt, demonstrating its close similarity to the “real” asphalt used to pave roads. (The press release is a pdf file) The micro algae offer a highly promising alternative to petroleum products without competing for resources used in the food industry. The group’s research […]



Researchers at the Ames Laboratory have used cerium, a widely available and inexpensive rare-earth metal, to create a high-performance magnet that’s similar in performance to traditional dysprosium containing magnets that could make wind turbines and other generator and motor sets less expensive to manufacture. Karl A. Gschneidner and fellow scientists at the U.S. Department of […]



University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) researchers have shown they can replace the lithium ions, each of which carries a single positive charge, with magnesium ions, which have a plus-two charge, in battery-like chemical reactions. Moreover the team used an electrode with a structure like those in many of today’s devices. The work is a […]



Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has developed a new geothermal stimulation fluid that could make geothermal power production more environmentally friendly and less costly where conventional geothermal doesn’t work. PNNL recently started a now funded study to examine a similar fluid for unconventional oil and gas recovery. The oil and gas extraction fluid being considered […]



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