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April 23, 2019

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April 23, 2019

The Cost of Computation

Apr. 8, 2019 — There's been a rapid resurgence of interest in understanding the energy cost of computing. Recent advances in this 'thermodynamics of computation' are now ... read more

Magnetic Nanoparticles Can 'Burn' Cancer Cells

Apr. 4, 2019 — Among emerging cancer therapies, one approach is based on hyperthermia. In a new study, researchers show that tumor cells' specific absorption rate of destructive heat depends on the diameter of ... read more

Apr. 4, 2019 — The dark skin pigment melanin protects us from the sun's damaging rays by absorbing light energy and converting it to heat. This could make it a very effective tool in tumor diagnosis and ... read more

Apr. 3, 2019 — Wood may seem more at home in log cabins than modern architecture, but a specially treated type of timber could be tomorrow's trendy building material. Today, scientists report a new kind of ... read more

New Plastic Films Deflect or Trap Heat With Zero Energy Required

Apr. 2, 2019 — Researchers have developed new plastic films that stay cool when exposed to sunlight and are very lightweight, strong and bendable. The versatile materials come in a variety of colors and could be ... read more

How to Ice-Proof the Next Generation of Aircraft

Apr. 1, 2019 — To prevent ice formation on aircraft during flight, current systems utilize the heat generated by burning fuel, but these high-temperature, fuel-dependent systems cannot be used on the proposed ... read more

Apr. 1, 2019 — Scientists have developed an ultra-sensitive heat sensor that is flexible, transparent and printable. The results have potential for a wide range of applications -- from wound healing and electronic ... read more

Mar. 29, 2019 — Researchers have designed two types of nano-sized building blocks that can automatically connect into cubes and scramble back into individual components based on the temperature of their environment. ... read more

Scientists Discover Potential Sustainable Energy Technology for the Household Refrigerator

Mar. 28, 2019 — While many advancements have been in improving its efficiency, the refrigerator still consumes considerable energy each year. So researchers in China are working to minimize the cold loss that occurs ... read more

Shrimp Claw Inspires New Method of Underwater Plasma Generation

Mar. 28, 2019 — Researchers are looking to nature for inspiration in developing a new method of underwater plasma generation using shrimp as a model - a discovery that could provide significant improvements for ... read more

Substituting HPS With Light-Emitting Diodes for Supplemental Lighting in Greenhouses

Mar. 26, 2019 — LEDs are capable of replacing HPS for supplemental lighting for cut gerbera production during darker ... read more

Droughts Could Hit Aging Power Plants Hard

Mar. 26, 2019 — Droughts will pose a much larger threat to U.S. power plants with once-through cooling systems than scientists previously suspected, a new study shows. If surface waters warm 3 degrees Celsius and ... read more

Wood-Based Technology Creates Electricity from Body Heat

Mar. 25, 2019 — A research team has developed a flexible, wood-based membrane that someday could turn body heat into ... read more

Mar. 18, 2019 — Researchers have described several unique properties of materials known as phase-switching liquids, or PSLs, that hold promise as next-generation anti-icing materials. PSLs can delay ice and frost ... read more

Near-Perfect Performance in Low-Cost Semiconductors

Mar. 15, 2019 — Researchers redefine what it means for low-cost semiconductors, called quantum dots, to be near-perfect and find that quantum dots meet quality standards set by more expensive ... read more

Mar. 11, 2019 — In a new study, researchers have designed and demonstrated a novel type of polymer demonstrating a switchable thermal conductivity controlled by light. The material has the potential to route the ... read more

Mar. 6, 2019 — Electric currents drive all our electronic devices. The emerging field of spintronics looks to replace electric currents with what are known as spin currents. Researchers have discovered that the ... read more

Mar. 5, 2019 — A new tungsten-based alloy can withstand unprecedented amounts of radiation without damage. Essential for extreme irradiation environments such as the interiors of magnetic fusion reactors, ... read more

Mar. 5, 2019 — A new coating prevents fogging on transparent surfaces. Rather than using electricity, the coating relies on sunlight to heat the ... read more

Tracking Firefighters in Burning Buildings

Mar. 1, 2019 — Researchers have created a motion-powered, fireproof sensor that can track the movements of firefighters, steelworkers, miners and others who work in high-risk environments where they cannot always ... read more

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