Researchers at Temple University and the University of Maryland has discovered a new class of magnets that expand their volume when placed in a magnetic field and generate negligible amounts of wasteful heat during energy harvesting. The researchers, Harsh Deep Chopra, professor and chair of mechanical engineering at Temple, and Manfred Wuttig, professor of materials […]

The Department of Energy, Office of Science has announced the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) discovered a new metal oxide that allows oxygen ions to move through the material quickly and easily at lower temperatures. The new metal oxide’s atomic structure includes highly ordered arrays of missing oxygen atoms. This structure allows oxygen ions to […]

Researchers at Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have built a new type of steel blade for wind turbines formed from a 1.0 mm steel sheet and featuring integrated, folded reinforcement. Today’s wind turbines use very large rotor blades made with fiber-reinforced plastics that are almost impossible to recycle. But steel blades recycling ability exceeds 90 percent. Plus they cost […]

University of Washington researchers show in a new study that perovskite material contains flaws that can be engineered to improve solar cells and other devices even further. A new study published online in the journal Science by the University of Washington (UW) and University of Oxford researchers demonstrates that perovskite materials, generally believed to be […]

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 […]

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