One radiator to heat a whole floor
Jan 12, 2017
Saving energy from building highly insulated homes—often called passive homes or zero-emissions homes—makes sense for the climate and for the homeowner's pocketbook. But what happens if your efficient home is a little ...
Storing thermal solar energy from summer to winter
Jan 11, 2017
Can thermal solar energy be stored until wintertime? Within a European research consortium Empa scientists and their colleagues have spent four years studying this question by pitting three different techniques against each ...
Study shows big-billed birds spend more time snuggling in against the cold
Jan 05, 2017
Bigger isn't always better – at least not in the bird kingdom, with new Deakin University research finding that the larger a bird's bill the longer they spend trying to snuggle it in against the cold.
Nano-chimneys can cool circuits
Jan 04, 2017
A few nanoscale adjustments may be all that is required to make graphene-nanotube junctions excel at transferring heat, according to Rice University scientists.
Nano system operates with interacting electrons, but no electric current
Dec 27, 2016 feature
(Phys.org)—Illustrating the unusual way things work on the nanoscale, scientists have designed a new nanoelectromechanical system (NEMS) that produces mechanical motion due to the interactions between electrons—yet unlike ...
Devices that convert heat into electricity one step closer to reality
Dec 23, 2016
The same researchers who pioneered the use of a quantum mechanical effect to convert heat into electricity have figured out how to make their technique work in a form more suitable to industry.
"Urban cold islands" driving plant evolution in cities
Dec 22, 2016
A tiny plant is providing big clues about how human development is driving the evolution of living organisms. New research from the University of Toronto Mississauga reveals the first evidence that common white clover changes ...
Protect your pets from lethal treats and heat this Christmas
Dec 22, 2016
Sharing is not caring when it comes to your pets at Christmas with many tasty festive delights on the naughty list for furry family members.
Supercomputer simulations confirm observations of 2015 India/Pakistan heat waves
Dec 15, 2016
A paper published this week during the American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting in San Francisco points to new evidence of human influence on extreme weather events.
Plant's response to heat stress fluctuates between day and night
Dec 14, 2016
Climate change and recent heat waves have put agricultural crops at risk, which means that understanding how plants respond to elevated temperatures is crucial for protecting our environment and food supply.