Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) scientists have developed a new streamlined process that could quickly pare down the stack of algae species into just a few that hold the most promise for making biofuel. The new, approximately $6-million collaborative project is using a unique climate-simulating laboratory system. A dozen glass cylinders containing a potential payload […]






Technical University of Denmark (DTU) scientists have engineered E. coli cells into producing large quantities of serine. (This link has a very informative sidebar.) Serine is used in detergents, tube feeding formula, and as building blocks for many important chemicals. In fact, serine has been mentioned as one of the 30 most promising biological substances […]






Swiss Empa scientists and their colleagues have spent four years studying the potential of sodium hydroxide (NaOH) to store heat from the warmth of summer into the cold of winter. The theory behind this kind of heat storage is fairly straightforward: if you pour water into a beaker containing solid or concentrated sodium hydroxide (NaOH), […]






NuScale Power is a step closer to seeing its nuclear reactor built in eastern Idaho. Having completed a 12,000-page design application for the federal regulator the Nuclear Regulatory Commission the firm expects to deliver the document describing the first-of-its-kind small modular reactor design tomorrow, Thursday, in Washington, D.C. Nuscale Power is the first of several […]






University of California Berkeley researchers in the College of Environmental Design working in Singapore show that slightly raising indoor temperatures and equipping office workers with smart fans saves significantly on overall office building energy costs while maintaining employee comfort. The research was conducted by a consortium of engineering specialists in the U.S. and Asia led […]






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