A novel way to make ethanol without corn or other plants

Copper-based catalyst produces large quantities of ethanol from carbon monoxide gas at room temperature. Stanford University scientists have found a new, highly efficient way to produce liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas. This promising discovery … Read more

Hybrid Vehicles More Fuel Efficient In India, China Than in U.S.

What makes cities in India and China so frustrating to drive in—heavy traffic, aggressive driving style, few freeways—makes them ideal for saving fuel with hybrid vehicles, according to new research by scientists at the U.S. … Read more

Colored diamonds are a superconductor’s best friend

Flawed but colorful diamonds are among the most sensitive detectors of magnetic fields known today, allowing physicists to explore the minuscule magnetic fields in metals, exotic materials and even human tissue. University of California, Berkeley, … Read more

Researchers build nonflammable lithium ion battery

In studying a material that prevents marine life from sticking to the bottom of ships, researchers have identified a surprising replacement for the only inherently flammable component of today’s lithium-ion batteries: the electrolyte. The work, … Read more

2013 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge winners named

Today the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the journal Science named 18 winners, honorable mentions and People’s Choice awardees in the highly acclaimed International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge. The challenge, in its 11th year, was created … Read more

Argonne Lab: Cheap new solar panel material could be game changer

A unique solar panel design made with a new ceramic material points the way to potentially providing sustainable power cheaper, more efficiently, and requiring less manufacturing time. It also reaches a four-decade-old goal of discovering … Read more

New theory may revolutionize superconductors

High-temperature superconductors exhibit a frustratingly varied catalog of odd behavior, such as electrons that arrange themselves into stripes or refuse to arrange themselves symmetrically around atoms. Now two physicists propose that such behaviors – and … Read more

U.S. methane emissions 5x higher than government estimates

Emissions of methane from fossil fuel extraction and refining activities in the South Central United States are nearly five times higher than previous estimates, according to researchers at Harvard University and seven other institutions. Their … Read more

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