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2011-09-01 16:57:09

Understanding the flow and processing of carbon in the world's oceans, which cover 70 percent of Earth's surface, is central to understanding global climate cycles, with many questions remaining unanswered. Between 200 and 1,000 meters below the ocean surface exists a "twilight zone" where insufficient sunlight penetrates for microorganisms to perform photosynthesis. Despite this, it is known that microbes resident at these depths capture carbon dioxide that they then use to form cellular...

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2011-09-01 09:40:25

  Berkeley Lab researchers develop inexpensive technique for making high quality nanowire solar cells Solar or photovoltaic cells represent one of the best possible technologies for providing an absolutely clean and virtually inexhaustible source of energy to power our civilization. However, for this dream to be realized, solar cells need to be made from inexpensive elements using low-cost, less energy-intensive processing chemistry, and they need to efficiently and...

2011-08-25 21:15:56

Ability to probe deep below material surfaces should be boon for nanoscale devices The expression "beauty's only skin-deep" has often been applied to the chemistry of materials because so much action takes place at the surface. However, for many of the materials in today's high technologies, such as semiconductors and superconductors, once a device is fabricated it is the electronic structures below the surface, in the bulk of the material or in buried layers, that determine its...

2011-08-17 11:00:00

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will be at the forefront of research, education, and technology for sustainable energy systems with a five-year, $18 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This is the first time UT Knoxville has been honored to lead an NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) and the first time an ERC will address power transmission systems. An NSF...

2011-08-17 05:00:00

NORTHVILLE, Mich., Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Amerigon Incorporated (NASDAQ-GS: ARGN), a global developer and marketer of innovative thermal management technologies for a broad range of heating and cooling and temperature control applications, today announced that it has been awarded an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to lead the development of an energy recovery system that can improve passenger car fuel efficiency by five percent by converting waste heat...

2011-08-02 12:00:00

SEATTLE, Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Synapse Product Development is working with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to engineer prototypes for a desiccant* enhanced evaporative air conditioning (DEvap A/C) system. Each year, air conditioning uses approximately 4 out of 41 quadrillion Btu (quads) of the source energy used for electricity production in the United States alone, which results in the release of about 235 million metric tons of carbon...

2011-07-30 00:01:04

Though physicists know Maria Goeppert Mayer left her own stamp on history, the U.S. Postal Service recently issued one of its own to commemorate the nuclear physicist. This June, the Postal Service released a new stamp honoring Maria Goeppert Mayer, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist who worked at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory in the 1940 and '50s. The year also marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Women in Science and Technology organization at...

2011-07-27 11:00:00

ROCKVILLE, Md., July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to increase energy efficiency through data center consolidation and information technology enhancements for the DOE complex. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110419/PH85737LOGO-b ) This is the first ever Federal Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) focused solely on reaching sustainability goals through improved IT practices. In 2010, President...

2011-07-27 09:00:00

NEW YORK, July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop innovative ways to reduce energy use in the information and communications technology industry. This is a first-of-its-kind agreement between an industry company and a national laboratory owned by the Energy Department. Under the agreement, Verizon will further its goal to become more energy efficient, and will work...

2011-07-25 09:00:00

AUSTIN, Texas, July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Virginia Tech recently was named the overall winner of EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge, a three-year collegiate vehicle engineering competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors (GM). The Virginia Tech Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT) designed and built an extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) that uses E85 (ethanol) and achieves fuel efficiency of 81.9 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent. With National Instruments...


Word of the Day
maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.