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Nanoscale pillars could radically improve conversion of heat to electricity

University of Colorado Boulder scientists have found a creative way to radically improve thermoelectric materials, a finding that could one day lead to the...

Scientists Use ‘Wired Microbes’ To Generate Electricity From Sewage

Engineers at Stanford University have devised a new way to generate electricity from sewage using naturally-occurring “wired microbes” as mini power plants, producing electricity...

Bacteria use hydrogen, CO2 to produce electricity

Researchers have engineered a strain of electricity-producing bacteria that can grow using hydrogen gas as its sole electron donor and carbon dioxide as its...

How to harvest electricity directly from plants

The sun provides the most abundant source of energy on the planet. However, only a tiny fraction of the solar radiation on Earth is...

Nanotech converts body heat into power

Never get stranded with a dead cell phone again. A promising new technology called Power Felt, a thermoelectric device that converts body heat into...

Breakthrough in converting heat waste to electricity

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Researchers at Northwestern University have placed nanocrystals of rock salt into lead telluride, creating a material that can harness electricity from heat-generating items such as vehicle exhaust systems, industrial processes an...

IBM (hearts) NY

IBM Wednesday opened a sophisticated semiconductor plant in East Fishkill, NY. The $2.5 billion facility is the single biggest capital investment the company has ever made, and presumably reflects an optimism that things will improve for the tech sector generally, and the beleaguered chip business in particular.

The new factory will make processors for everything from videogames and cell phone to mainframe computers. "The plant also will be the first to mass produce circuits thinner than 0.1 micron, or 1,000 times thinner than a human hair," the Associated Press reports. "The old standard was 0.25 microns, with some chips now at 0.18 microns. The thinner lines, or conduits, allow chips to run faster and use less electricity."

When it begins normal production next year, the factory is expected to employ about 1,000 East Fishkillers.

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