California's new normal may be more intense heat, fires, droughts and floods
Oct 17, 2017
As portrayed in novels, the California of the future is barely habitable. Brutal storms alternate with crushing droughts. Mudslides and wildfires create waves of climate change refugees.
NASA sounding rocket instrument spots signatures of long-sought small solar flares
Oct 13, 2017
Like most solar sounding rockets, the second flight of the FOXSI instrument - short for Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager - lasted 15 minutes, with just six minutes of data collection. But in that short time, the cutting-edge ...
Researchers develop 4-in-1 smart utilities plant custom-made for tropical climate
Oct 13, 2017
A research breakthrough achieved by a team led by Associate Professor Ernest Chua from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Engineering could pave the way for a more ...
Ground-floor insulation can reduce floor heat loss by up to 92 percent
Oct 12, 2017
Adding insulation to suspended timber ground floors commonly found in homes built before the Second World War can reduce heat-loss by up to 92 percent, according to research from UCL and the University of Sheffield.
Quantum manipulation power for quantum information processing gets a boost
Oct 11, 2017
Traditionally, heat engines produce heat from the exchange between high-temperature and low-temperature baths. Now, imagine a heat engine that operates at quantum scale, and a system made up of an atom interacting with light ...
Video: How to 'cook' an egg without heat—and other weird egg science
Oct 10, 2017
You can learn a lot from eggs. The versatile, delicious, humble chicken egg.
New theory on why the sun's corona is hotter than its surface
Oct 10, 2017 report
(Phys.org)—A team of researchers from the U.S., Japan and Switzerland has found possible evidence of a source of energy that could be responsible for heating the sun's corona. In their paper published in the journal Nature ...
Novel circuit design boosts wearable thermoelectric generators
Oct 10, 2017
Using flexible conducting polymers and novel circuitry patterns printed on paper, researchers have demonstrated proof-of-concept wearable thermoelectric generators that can harvest energy from body heat to power simple biosensors ...
New evidence submitted to Grenfell Tower Inquiry on cladding reactivity
Oct 02, 2017
A University of Reading chemist has written to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry following chemical tests on aluminium cladding panels, carried out for a BBC current affairs programme.
Heat-tolerant broccoli for the future
Sep 27, 2017
Broccoli is becoming more popular with the American consumer, providing plenty of nutrients in the diet. But it isn't easy getting this cool-weather vegetable to your table. Broccoli producers face many factors that impede ...