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 […]

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 […]

A Louisiana State University (LSU) research physicist team has discovered a breakthrough magnetocaloric material that cools. The press release believes food refrigeration and air conditioning may become more efficient and environmentally friendly thanks to the patent-pending work of physicists. Lead researcher LSU Physics Professor Shane Stadler said, “The world refrigeration market is expected to increase […]

Tiva Sharifi, physicist at UmeĆ„ University, Sweden is showing how earth-abundant materials based primarily on carbon, nitrogen and transition metal oxides can be combined into highly efficient energy conversion devices that can be used in fuel cells as well as in electrolysis. Ms. Sharifi defended her (open access) thesis, Efficient Electrocatalysts Based on Nitrogen-Doped Carbon […]

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