PHYS.ORG Star-shaped gold nanoparticles, coated with a semiconductor, can produce hydrogen from water over four times more efficiently than other methods—opening the door to improved storage of solar energy and other advances that could boost renewable energy use and combat climate change, according to Rutgers University-New Brunswick researchers. 3 days
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New world record for direct solar water-splitting efficiency
PHYS.ORG Hydrogen will play a central role as a storage medium in sustainable energy systems. An international team of researchers has now succeeded in raising the efficiency of producing hydrogen from direct solar... 1 week
Why gold-palladium alloys are better than palladium for hydrogen storage
PHYS.ORG Materials that absorb hydrogen are used for hydrogen storage and purification, thus serving as clean energy carriers. The best-known hydrogen absorber, palladium, can be improved by alloying it... 5 days
What are the pros and cons of longer solar contracts?
PHYS.ORG The world's first 35-year day or night solar contract (ACWA Power's with DEWA in Dubai) also had a record-low price for solar with storage – of just 7.3... 2 days
New world record for direct solar water-splitting efficiency
SCIENCE DAILY An international team of researchers has now succeeded in raising the efficiency of producing hydrogen from direct solar water-splitting to a record 19 per cent. They did so by combining a tandem... 1 week
Bacteria-powered solar cell can produce energy even when skies are overcast
NEWS MEDICAL Researchers have developed a sustainable biogenic solar cell, which uses bacteria to convert light into energy and has generated the strongest current ever. 6 days
How blockchains can empower communities to control their own energy supply
PHYS.ORG As the cost of solar panels, wind generation and battery storage falls, individual households and consumers are increasingly generating their own electricity, becoming less reliant on... 3 days
Bacteria-powered solar cell converts light to energy, even under overcast skies
SCIENCE DAILY Researchers have found a cheap, sustainable way to build a solar cell using bacteria that convert light to energy. Their cell generated a current stronger than... 1 week
Hot nanoparticles produce giant and explosive bubbles
PHYS.ORG When gold nano particles in water are illuminated by a laser, they get very hot: well above the boiling point of water. The formation of vapour bubbles caused by this, is well-known. New experiments,... 3 days
Adding an inert polymer to plastic solar cells enables high efficiency and easy production
PHYS.ORG Polymer plastic solar cells remain an industry priority because of their light weight, flexibility and cost-effectiveness. Now scientists from Stony... 2 days
A step closer to single-atom data storage
PHYS.ORG Despite the rise of solid-state drives, magnetic storage devices such as conventional hard drives and magnetic tapes are still very common. But as our data-storage needs are increasing at a rate of almost 15... 5 days
Enhancing ferroelectric photovoltaic effect by polar order engineering
Science Magazine Ferroelectric materials for photovoltaics have sparked great interest because of their switchable photoelectric responses and above-bandgap photovoltages that violate conventional photovoltaic theory. However, their relatively low photocurrent and power conversion efficiency limit... 1 week
Solar Dynamics Observatory: Staring at the Sun
SPACE.COM SDO provides insights on the structure of the sun's magnetic field, as well as how energy is transferred from the sun into space. 3 days
New approach to analyze titanium dioxide nanoparticles in commercial sunscreens
NEWS MEDICAL Postnova Analytics has published a new application note that describes a new approach for analysis of titanium dioxide nanoparticles in commercial sunscreens. 1 week
This summer's solar eclipses from the ends of the Earth
PHYS.ORG Solar eclipses will occur at opposite ends of the Earth this summer, 2018. Both will be merely partial solar eclipses as seen from the Earth's surface, not as... 6 days
Hope for new catalysts with high activity
PHYS.ORG Gold is a metal that is chemically inactive and does not corrode, but nanoporous gold (NPG), with its sponge-like structures, acts as a catalyst to promote chemical reactions such as carbon monoxide (CO) oxidation.... 2 weeks
The 'shine' in gold particles has a new use – finding defects
PHYS.ORG VIDEO That glint of gold has always captured our eyes, but now the precious metal has a new use – finding defects in 3-D printing. 4 days
Cutting-edge heat shield installed on NASA's Parker Solar Probe
PHYS.ORG The launch of Parker Solar Probe, the mission that will get closer to the Sun than any human-made object has ever gone, is quickly approaching, and on June 27, 2018,... 1 week
Thursday's Antarctic Solar Eclipse Is for the Penguins
SPACE.COM A solar eclipse is scheduled for Thursday of this week, but to see it, you'd have to do a bit of traveling. 4 days
Researchers improve conductive property of graphene, advancing promise of solar technology
PHYS.ORG In 2010, the Nobel Prize in Physics went to the discoverers of graphene. A single layer of carbon atoms, graphene possesses properties that are ideal for... 5 days
Conductive property of graphene, advancing promise of solar technology
SCIENCE DAILY Researchers have connected a graphene layer with two other atomic layers (molybdenum diselenide and tungsten disulfide) thereby extending the lifetime of excited electrons in graphene by several hundred times. The... 5 days
Shedding light on the energy-efficiency of photosynthesis
PHYS.ORG Photosynthesis is one of the most crucial life processes on earth. It's how plants get their food, using energy from sunlight to convert water and carbon dioxide from the air into sugars. It's long... 2 weeks
Material could help windows both power your home and control its temperature
SCIENCE DAILY Environmentally friendly building trends have boosted the popularity of window coatings that keep heating and cooling costs down by blocking out unneeded parts of... 2 weeks
New way for cells to conserve energy confirmed
SCIENCE DAILY By proving a theory that was first proposed almost 40 years ago, researchers have confirmed a new way that cells conserve energy. The study gives scientists a better understanding of how organisms... 6 days
Latin America's largest solar park turns Mexican desert green
PHYS.ORG Driving through the endless dunes and cacti of the Chihuahuan desert in northern Mexico, a shimmering blue field suddenly appears on the horizon—not a mirage, but the largest solar park... 2 days
Capacitor-based architecture for AI hardware accelerators
PHYS.ORG IBM is reaching beyond digital technologies with a capacitor-based cross-point array for analog neural networks, exhibiting potential orders of magnitude improvements in deep learning computations. Analog computing architectures exploit the storage capability and physical attributes of... 5 days
Trump’s pick to lead energy technology program puzzles observers
Science Magazine Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy candidate comes from finance sector, not a technical field 2 days
Multimessenger observations of a flaring blazar coincident with high-energy neutrino IceCube-170922A
Science Magazine Previous detections of individual astrophysical sources of neutrinos are limited to the Sun and the supernova 1987A, whereas the origins of the diffuse flux of high-energy... 3 days
Nanoparticles give immune cells a boost
MIT Drugs carried in cellular “backpacks” help T cells to destroy tumors. 6 days
A high-energy neutrino has been traced to its galactic birthplace
SCIENCE-NEWS The high-energy particle was born in a blazar 4 billion light-years away, scientists report. 3 days
NASA awards contract to study flying drones on Venus
PHYS.ORG In the coming decades, NASA and other space agencies hope to mount some ambitious missions to other planets in our Solar System. In addition to studying Mars and the outer... 1 week
Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon
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More than century-old riddle resolved—a blazar is a source of high-energy neutrinos
The 'shine' in gold particles has a new use – finding defects
Sound of electromagnetic energy moving between Saturn, Enceladus
Scientists show how energy landscape algorithm details DNA's interphase dynamics
NASA’s Parker probe is about to get up close and personal with the sun