University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UI) researchers have invented a new kind of LED that can both emit and detect ambient light. The possibility then becomes that cellphones and other devices could soon be controlled with touchless gestures and charge themselves using ambient light. This would be a major design attribute for the future. Made […]






University of Michigan researchers prepared a new study purporting climate change is likely to increase U.S. electricity costs over the next century. The suggestion is it will cost billions of dollars more than economists have previously forecast. The study shows how higher temperatures will raise not just the average annual electricity demand, but more importantly, […]






Stanford University scientists are another step toward building a better battery doing long shifts at the helm of a highly sophisticated microscope recording chemical reactions at near-atomic-scale resolution. The researchers are camped out with one of the most advanced microscopes in the world to capture an unimaginably small reaction in the Dionne lab 18 feet […]






University of Texas at Austin researchers have mapped the lowest cost electricity generation by county for the lower 48 states. There aren’t many surprises. Natural gas and wind are said to be the lowest-cost technology options for new electricity generation across much of the U.S. when cost, public health impacts and environmental effects are considered. […]






A team of scientists report in a new study that they have found evidence of hardy, methane-producing microbes in a fresh water spring. Previously methane-producing microbes that feed off chemical reactions between water and rock were found in vents deep on the ocean floor. The scientists are now confirming the evidence of this process has […]






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