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US lead in science and technology shrinking

The United States' (U.S.) predominance in science and technology (S&T) eroded further during the last decade, as several Asian nations--particularly China and South Korea--rapidly...

Piece-by-piece approach to emissions policies can be effective

Discussions on curbing climate change tend to focus on comprehensive, emissions-focused measures: a global cap-and-trade scheme aimed at controlling carbon, or a tax on...

Cheaper Chinese solar panels are not due to low-cost labor

A study of the photovoltaic industries in the US and China shows that China's dominance in solar panel manufacturing is not driven solely by...

New water splitting technique could produce hydrogen fuel

A University of Colorado Boulder team has developed a radically new technique that uses the power of sunlight to efficiently split water into its...

Cheaper iPads? Engineers discover novel technology for producing ‘electronic ink’

Electronic touch pads that cost just a few dollars and solar cells that cost the same as roof shingles are one step closer to...

Sunflower design improves solar efficiency

Just outside Seville, in the desert region of Andalucia, Spain, sits an oasis-like sight: a 100-meter-high pillar surrounded by rows of giant mirrors rippling...

Wind turbines may benefit crops

AMES, Iowa -- Wind turbines in Midwestern farm fields may be doing more than churning out electricity. The giant turbine blades that generate renewable energy might also help corn and soybean crops stay cooler and dryer, help them fend off fungal i...

Brown University chemists simplify biodiesel conversion

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] -- As the United States seeks to lessen its reliance on foreign oil, biodiesel is expected to play a role. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a branch of the Department of Energy, biodi...

New findings about wind farms could lead to expanding their use

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Wind power is likely to play a large role in the future of sustainable, clean energy, but wide-scale adoption has remained elusive. Now, researchers have found wind farms' effects on local temperatures and proposed strategies fo...

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