Introduction of building-specific heat distribution centers
May 26, 2016
Introduction of building-specific heat distribution centres would bring improved efficiency, savings and lower emissions to Chinese district heating
Spring comes sooner to urban heat islands, with potential consequences for wildlife
May 25, 2016
With spring now fully sprung, a new study by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers shows that buds burst earlier in dense urban areas than in their suburban and rural surroundings. This may be music to urban gardeners' ...
Designing cities to combat climate change
May 24, 2016
Urban planners can take steps to reduce the heat cities may experience from climate change, but there would be other consequences and tradeoffs to consider, according to a study at Purdue University.
Hornbills in the Kalahari desert may keep cool by losing heat through their beaks
May 18, 2016
When temperatures are scorching, southern yellow-billed hornbills in the Kalahari Desert of southern Africa dilate blood vessels in their beaks to thermoregulate and cool off, according to a study published May 18, 2016 in ...
Stellar cannibalism transforms star into brown dwarf
May 18, 2016
Astronomers have detected a sub-stellar object that used to be a star, after being consumed by its white dwarf companion.
Hot tubs and swimming pools are not as clean as you may think
May 18, 2016
Whether water is hot in a tub or cold in a pool, it can bring immediate relief from stress or summer heat. But hot tubs and swimming pools are not always as clean as you might think, even when disinfected. In a new study ...
Old quarry near runway now saves airport $430,000 a year
May 17, 2016
An abandoned rock quarry near a runway at Nashville International Airport was thought of as a liability, so risky that authorities considered filling it in a decade ago. Now, the water-filled pit is enabling the airport to ...
Frequency of extreme heat waves on the increase in Africa: Could occur annually by 2040
May 11, 2016
Longer, hotter, more regular heat waves could have a damaging effect on life expectancy and crop production in Africa warn climate scientists in a study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. Examining temperature ...
Geometric heat engine simultaneously maximizes both power and efficiency
May 10, 2016 feature
(Phys.org)—As its name suggests, a heat engine converts heat into mechanical energy that can be used to do work—for example, to power a car. Heat engines can operate either in a steady state (where heat is constantly ...
Engineers create a better way to boil water—with industrial, electronics applications
May 04, 2016
Engineers at Oregon State University have found a new way to induce and control boiling bubble formation, that may allow everything from industrial-sized boilers to advanced electronics to work better and last longer.