Forensics

Group Gathers at IceCube, the World's Largest Neutrino Detector
IceCube Neutrino Observatory Provides New Insights into Origin of Cosmic Rays
Apr 21, 2012 13:41 PM E
Analysis of data from the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a massive detector deployed in deep ice at the U.S. Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica at the geographic South Pole, recently provided new insight into one of the most enduring mysteries in physics, the production of cosmic rays.
FDA says Nanotech May Need Extra Safety Tests
Apr 21, 2012 07:17 AM E
U.S. health regulators said consumer products that use nanotechnology may have unknown effects on the human body, and advised food and cosmetic companies to further study the safety of these tiny particles.
Carbon Capture and Storage -- New Research from UKERC Shows Tough Road Ahead to Realize Potential
Jan 05, 2012 12:28 PM E
Government plans to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies to reduce carbon emissions received a cautious welcome today. A new report concluded that most of the uncertainties facing these technologies can - in principle - be resolved.
Raising the Prospects for Quantum Levitation
Jan 05, 2012 11:50 AM E
More than half-a-century ago, the Dutch theoretical physicist Hendrik Casimir calculated that two mirrors placed facing each other in a vacuum would attract. The mysterious force arises from the energy of virtual particles flitting into and out of existence, as described by quantum theory.
Battery
IBM Creates High-density, Light-weight Lithium-air Battery
Apr 20, 2012 12:45 PM E
A century ago, more automobiles were powered by electricity than by gasoline. But the need for longer travel ranges, the availability of a more affordable fuel source and a reliable power infrastructure soon turned internal combustion engines into the predominant means of motor transportation.
Cost Saving Ranges for HVACs with Efficiency Controls
Save Big on Heating, Cooling Costs with Efficiency Controls
Apr 20, 2012 11:45 AM E
U.S. commercial building owners could save an average of 38 percent on their heating and cooling bills if they installed a handful of energy efficiency controls that make their heating, ventilation and air conditioning, also known as HVAC, systems more energy efficient, according to a recent report from the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Completely Plastic Solar Cell
Stable Electrodes for Improving Printed Electronics
Apr 20, 2012 10:59 AM E
Imagine owning a television with the thickness and weight of a sheet of paper. It will be possible, someday, thanks to the growing industry of printed electronics. The process, which allows manufacturers to literally print or roll materials onto surfaces to produce an electronically functional device, is already used in organic solar cells and orga...
Enea Buys 50 Megawatt Wind Farm in North-western Poland
Apr 20, 2012 09:07 AM E
Polish utility Enea has bought a 50 megawatt wind farm in the north-western part of the country from world's biggest wind turbine maker Vestas and plans to expand its capacity to a maximum of 60 MW.
Graphene Liquid Cell
First Atomic-scale Real-time Movies of Platinum Nanocrystal Growth in Liquids
Apr 19, 2012 13:34 PM E
They won't be coming soon to a multiplex near you, but movies showing the growth of platinum nanocrystals at the atomic-scale in real-time have blockbuster potential.
Jong-Shi Pang, Yun Bai and Yanfeng Ouyang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Study: Optimizing Biofuel Supply Chain is a Competitive Game
Apr 19, 2012 13:23 PM E
As biofuel production has increased - particularly ethanol derived from corn - a hotly contested competition for feedstock supplies has emerged between the agricultural grain markets and biofuel refineries. This competition has sparked concern for the more fundamental issue of allocating limited farmland resources, which has far-reaching implicatio...
Solar Cell
The Solar Cell That also Shines: Luminescent 'LED-type' Design Breaks Efficiency Record
Apr 19, 2012 12:28 PM E
To produce the maximum amount of energy, solar cells are designed to absorb as much light from the Sun as possible. Now researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, have suggested - and demonstrated - a counterintuitive concept: solar cells should be designed to be more like LEDs, able to emit light as well as absorb it.
IceCube Detects Neutrinos
Where Do the Highest-energy Cosmic Rays Come from? Probably not from Gamma-ray Bursts
Apr 19, 2012 11:15 AM E
The IceCube neutrino telescope encompasses a cubic kilometer of clear Antarctic ice under the South Pole, a volume seeded with an array of 5,160 sensitive digital optical modules (DOMs) that precisely track the direction and energy of speeding muons, massive cousins of the electron, which are created when neutrinos collide with atoms in the ice.
Neutrinos
IceCube Neutrino Observatory Explores Origin of Cosmic Rays
Apr 19, 2012 09:58 AM E
Although cosmic rays were discovered 100 years ago, their origin remains one of the most enduring mysteries in physics. Now, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a massive detector in Antarctica, is honing in on how the highest energy cosmic rays are produced.
Nature's Billion-year-old Battery Key to Storing Energy
Apr 19, 2012 07:50 AM E
New research at Concordia University is bringing us one step closer to clean energy. It is possible to extend the length of time a battery-like enzyme can store energy from seconds to hours, a study published in the Journal of The American Chemical Society shows.
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