Estuaries like Chesapeake Bay could contribute more to global warming than once thought
Jun 21, 2016
We all know by now that methane is bad for the environment. It's one of those greenhouse gases that trap heat in the earth's atmosphere and contribute to our warming climate. It's regularly emitted during the production and ...
A new approach to building efficient thermoelectric nanomaterials
Jun 20, 2016
By doping a thermoelectric material with minute amounts of sulfur, a team of researchers has found a new path to large improvements in the efficiency of materials for solid-state heating and cooling and waste energy recapture. ...
'Rare, dangerous' heat headed to parts of Western US
Jun 17, 2016
It's a dry heat, Phoenix residents like to say about Arizona's hot weather. That bravado may vanish as the thermometer flirts with 120 degrees this weekend.
High efficient solar water heating achieved with nanoparticles
Jun 17, 2016
A research team in Japan discovered through numerical calculations that nanoparticles of transition metal nitrides and carbides absorb sunlight very efficiently, and confirmed experimentally that nitride nanoparticles, when ...
Squeezing graphene is a way to control its heat conduction, paving the way to harvesting waste heat for power
Jun 15, 2016
One of the biggest problems in designing electronic components is getting rid of excess heat. Now, A*STAR researchers have found a simple way to vary the heat flow in graphene, a breakthrough that will improve attempts to ...
Genetic secrets of algae provide vital insight into coral bleaching
Jun 14, 2016
A UNSW Australia-led team of researchers has identified genes that allow some algae living in corals to tolerate higher ocean temperatures than others. The genes could act as markers to understand the risk of coral bleaching ...
New track for converting waste heat to electricity
Jun 13, 2016
Huge amounts of energy are lost every day in the form of waste heat. Now an interdisciplinary project at Chalmers has found that a special class of material – high-entropy alloys – can open the door to efficient heat ...
Keeping cool with a black semiconductor
Jun 13, 2016
As anyone who has held a laptop computer or cell phone knows, they produce heat that has the potential to damage the microchips inside. However, layered, crystalline black phosphorus could lead to a new microchip design that ...
Environmental and health impacts of US health-care system
Jun 09, 2016
If the U.S. healthcare system were a country, it would rank 13th in the world for greenhouse gas emissions, according to new research. The study, published June 9 in PLOS ONE, quantified previously unreported environmental ...
Converting waste heat into electricity works better in two dimensions
Jun 08, 2016 feature
(Phys.org)—The large amount of waste heat produced by power plants and automobile engines can be converted into electricity due to the thermoelectric effect, a physics effect that converts temperature differences into electrical ...