Despite evolutionary inexperience, northern sockeye manage heat stress
Dec 07, 2016
Sockeye salmon that evolved in the generally colder waters of the far north still know how to cool off if necessary, an important factor in the species' potential for dealing with global climate change.
Study of wild plants contribute to understanding of high risks associated with a warming climate
Dec 06, 2016
New research, published today in Botany, investigates how well native California wild mustard species withstand increasing temperatures with the goal of developing a better understanding of heat stress on plants in a warming ...
The mystery of coronal heating
Dec 01, 2016
Imagine standing around a roaring campfire, roasting s'mores. You feel the warmth of the flames as the marshmallows crackle. Now back away. You get cooler, right?
Combination of insulation and thermal mass
Dec 01, 2016
When the summer sun burns in the sky, phase change materials (PCM) integrated in building envelopes absorb the heat – it remains cool inside. When it is getting colder outside, the materials give off heat. Several grams ...
Team combines quantum physics and photosynthesis to make discovery that could lead to highly efficient solar cells
Nov 30, 2016
A University of California, Riverside assistant professor has combined photosynthesis and physics to make a key discovery that could help make solar cells more efficient. The findings were recently published in the journal ...
Bumpy surfaces, graphene beat the heat in devices
Nov 29, 2016
Bumpy surfaces with graphene between would help dissipate heat in next-generation microelectronic devices, according to Rice University scientists.
Fusion reactor that employs liquid metal shower
Nov 28, 2016
In a magnetic field confinement fusion reactor, we maintain the high-temperature plasma through the magnetic field lines by floating the plasma apart from a vessel. However, there forms inevitably a location where the plasma ...
Why a satellite image could change the way we build cities
Nov 28, 2016
This incredible image of Earth taken from space marks the start of new analysis that could change the way cities are built.
Could green facades cool down cities in the future
Nov 22, 2016
Predictions for temperature rise and the particular sensitivity of urban ecosystems to heat stress pose a pressure to find the best solution for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Could green façades be a sustainable ...
Thermoelectric paint enables walls to convert heat into electricity
Nov 21, 2016 feature
(Phys.org)—Paint these days is becoming much more than it used to be. Already researchers have developed photovoltaic paint, which can be used to make "paint-on solar cells" that capture the sun's energy and turn it into ...