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These crystals could help computers run on less power

Researchers have created engineered crystal structures that display an unusual physical phenomenon known as negative capacitance. Incorporating this material into advanced silicon transistors could...

Wind, solar could replace coal power in Texas

Texas can be a model for the nation on how to effectively replace coal with wind and solar for the state’s energy needs while...

Quantum tech could charge electric cars as fast as pumping gas

Whether it's photovoltaics or fusion, sooner or later, human civilization must turn to renewable energies. This is deemed inevitable considering the ever-growing energy demands of...

Methane-eating bacteria could convert greenhouse gas into fuel

Methanotrophic bacteria consume 30 million metric tons of methane per year. They have captivated researchers for their natural ability to convert the potent greenhouse gas...

New flow battery stores power in simple organic compound

Flow batteries are not very different from the everyday batteries that we use. The big difference is that the energy is stored in two separate...

This battery-free wireless device could float in the wind like dandelion seeds

Wireless sensors can monitor how temperature, humidity or other environmental conditions vary across large swaths of land, such as farms or forests. These tools could...

How to clean solar panels without water

Solar power is expected to reach 10 percent of global power generation by the year 2030, and much of that is likely to be...

Researchers find new way to improve solid-state batteries

In the endless quest to pack more energy into batteries without increasing their weight or volume, one especially promising technology is the solid-state battery. In...

Scientists find better way to calculate fuel efficiency for dolphins

Researchers use noninvasive movement tags and a device that measures oxygen consumption to assess how much energy a dolphin uses while swimming. From foraging for...

Stanford AI deciphers atomic-scale images for better batteries

Today’s rechargeable batteries are a wonder, but far from perfect. Eventually, they all wear out, begetting expensive replacements and recycling. “But what if batteries were indestructible?”...