University of British Columbia researchers can show how a ‘Cold Tube’ can offer relief from the summer heat without relying on air conditioning. A Cold Tube uses half the energy of conventional air conditioners and can be used outdoors or indoors. Many people beat the summer heat by cranking the air conditioning. However, air conditioners […]

Researchers led by Shanhui Fan from Stanford University have designed an off-grid, low-cost modular energy source that can efficiently produce power at night. The system uses commercially available technology and could eventually help meet the need for nighttime lighting in urban areas or provide lighting in developing countries. Although solar power brings many benefits, its […]

Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory researchers have competed a study that identified which pairs of atoms in a catalyst nanoparticle are most active in a reaction that breaks down a harmful exhaust gas in catalytic converters. The most active particles contained the biggest proportion of one particular atomic configuration – one where […]

Researchers reporting in American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Nano Letters have developed a hydrogel that can both cool down electronics, such as cell phone batteries, and convert their waste heat into electricity. Sometimes using electronic devices for too long with too much power can cause them to overheat, which might slow them down, damage their components […]

University of Leeds scientists have made a breakthrough in the development of a new generation of electronics that will require less power and generate less heat. It involves exploiting the complex quantum properties of electrons – in this case, the spin state of electrons. In a world first, the researchers – led by a team […]

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