If travel to distant stars within an individual’s lifetime is going to be possible, a means of faster-than-light propulsion will have to be found. So far, even recent research about faster-than-light transport based on Einstein’s theory of general relativity would require vast amounts of hypothetical particles and states of matter that have ‘exotic’ physical properties […]

Oak Ridge National Lab researchers are accelerating a research engine that gives scientists and engineers an unprecedented view inside the atomic-level workings of combustion engines in real time. The effort seeks to support advanced vehicles with higher energy efficiency and ultra-low emissions. The new capability is an engine built specifically to run inside a neutron […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… A team of McMaster University chemists has discovered an innovative way to break down and dissolve the rubber used in automobile tires.  The process could lead to new recycling methods that have so far proven to be expensive, difficult and largely inefficient. The method, outlined in the journal Green Chemistry, addresses the enormous […]

A University of Cologne team of researchers has presented proposals for the traffic management of the future, offering a dynamic and fair toll for road use that could reduce congestion. This is something urban folks might or might not look forward to. In the current issue of Nature, the economists Peter Cramton, Axel Ockenfels (both […]

University of Twente researchers found injecting bubbles underneath a ship’s hull causes them to be pushed against the hull’s surface making an air bearing surface. In the surface layer between the ship and water, these air bubbles cause less friction: it’s also known as air lubrication. In practice, friction can be reduced 20 percent, with […]

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