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In 2013, Americans used over 2.3 quadrillion more thermal units than in 2012

Americans are using more and more energy every year, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Across the board, more energy of every type — everything from renewables, to fossil fuels, to……

Moth eyeballs inspire glare-dimming gold-coating for solar panels

The glare from commonly used objects such as solar panels or electronics displays can be greatly reduced with the use of a newly developed transparent film black inspired by moth eyeballs. The new film — created by researchers at UC Irvine — can……

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first practical solar cell

Sixty years ago on April 25, 1954, Bell Laboratories demonstrated to the world one of the most significant breakthroughs ever recorded……

These tiny nano-gears could power your portable electronics

Tiny Nano-Gears Could Power Your Portable Electronics (via Clean Technica) In a study of “some of the smallest moving elements ever observed,” researchers at Georgia Tech and the University of Toledo have confirmed the existence of synchronized, molecular “gears” in a self-assembling material. Like an array of micro…  …

Heritage Foundation says frack your backyard to thwart Russia

Now here’s an Onion-worthy headline from The Heritage Foundation, topping a press release issued just a few hours ago: “How America’s Shale Revolution Could Loosen Russia’s Grip on Europe.” We’re dragging The Onion into this because the……

Scientists create high-energy biofuel for rockets and other aerospace applications via engineered bacteria

A high-energy biofuel — potentially capable of replacing or supplementing expensive missile fuels, such as JP10 — has been created via the use of a genetically engineered bacterium by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Joint……

GM wants to ban direct Tesla sales in Ohio

In the battle between Tesla Motors and entrenched car dealers, reinforcements have arrived for the status quo in the form of General Motors. With the recent setback in New Jersey, the battlefield has shifted to Ohio, where……

Entirely new way to filter light achieved by MIT researchers

An entirely new way to filter light, one that has long been sought but until now remained elusive, has been achieved by researchers at MIT. For the first time, it’s become possible to selectively filter light according to its direction of propagation……

Lawrence Livermore scientists discover way to help E. coli bacteria produce advanced biofuels

Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have discovered how to help E. coli bacteria squirt out advanced biofuels, and the key is held by a pair of genes found in a soil-dwelling bacterium from a rainforest in Puerto Rico. The finding could……

Kibbutz recruits 100 solar panel robots to combat desert dust

The humble chore of cleaning solar panels plays a key role in solar cell efficiency, especially in desert regions where frequent dust storms and lack of rain combine to reduce panel output by up to 35 percent. That same lack of rain also presents a……

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