Universit√© Libre de Bruxelles School of Engineering researchers are investigating whether energy storage via pumped hydro systems is possible on a very small scale, particularly in buildings. The team used the Goudemand apartment building in Arras in France as their case study for Pumped Hydro Energy Storage (PHES). So far pumped-storage hydroelectricity systems are to […]



A University of Wisconsin-Madison professor’s team has a working idea for an inexpensive, simple method that allows them to convert footsteps into usable electricity. The flooring, which uses wood pulp and harnesses nanofibers, can be made from any number of sustainable materials, making it, generally, an eco-friendly feature in homes and businesses alike. Xudong Wang, […]



Roman Morgunov from the Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics at the Russian Academy of Sciences and his colleagues have now developed a simple additive-based method for ensuring the stability of permanent magnets over time. They have developed methods to counter the spontaneous loss of magnetization, based on their understanding of the underlying physical phenomenon. […]



University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists have found a way to nearly double the efficiency that a commonly used industrial yeast strain converts plant sugars to biofuel. The newly engineered “super yeast” could boost the economics of making ethanol, specialty biofuels and bioproducts. Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been the baker’s and brewer’s yeast of choice for centuries, but […]



Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences researchers have made a discovery that could lay the foundation for quantum superconducting devices. Settle in, because this is one of those bleeding razor sharp edge technologies dealing with practical applications in quantum mechanics. The Harvard breakthrough solves one the main challenges to quantum computing: how to transmit […]



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