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The Bend in the Appalachian Mountain Chain Is Finally Explained

The 1500 mile Appalachian mountain chain runs along a nearly straight line from Alabama to Newfoundland—except for a curious bend in Pennsylvania and New York State. Researchers from the College of New Jersey and the University of Rochester now know what caused that bend—a dense, underground block of rigid, volcanic rock forced the chain to shift eastward as it was forming millions of years ago.

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Shrimp, 30,000 Volts Help Start-up Land $1.5 Million for Uranium Extraction

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The U.S. Department of Energy selected a start-up company for an approximate $1.5 million award to refine an alternative material to potentially extract uranium from the ocean.

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Pumping Efficiency Into Electrical Motors

University of Adelaide researchers are using new magnetic materials to develop revolutionary electrical motors and generators which promise significant energy savings.

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Federal Research Spurs Washington State to Store Energy

Battery technology developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will be installed in two new energy storage projects funded by Washington state that will improve the power grid and help the region use more renewable energy.

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Silicon Sponge Improves Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

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A sponge-like silicon material could help lithium-ion batteries run longer on a single charge by giving the batteries' electrodes the space they need to expand without breaking.

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More California Gas Stations Can Provide H2 Than Previously Thought

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A study by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories concludes that a number of existing gas stations in California can safely store and dispense hydrogen, suggesting a broader network of hydrogen fueling stations may be within reach.

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Berkeley-Haas Energy Study Commissioned by California Air Resources Board Recommends Three Reforms to Protect Cap-and-Trade

California’s landmark cap-and-trade system for regulating greenhouse gases could be vulnerable to price spikes and market manipulation, according to a study released today by scholars affiliated with the Energy Institute at Haas. But the state’s air-quality regulators can prevent that outcome with three straightforward reforms, the study says.

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Hollow-Fiber Membranes Could Cut Separation Costs, Energy Use

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Researchers have developed a microfluidic technique for fabricating a new class of metal-organic framework (MOF) membranes inside hollow polymer fibers that are just a few hundred microns in diameter. The new fabrication process, believed to be the first to grow MOF membranes inside hollow fibers, could potentially change the way large-scale energy-intensive chemical separations are done.

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Funding Renewed for Brookhaven's Center for Emergent Superconductivity

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced an extension of funding totaling $14 million over four years for the Center for Emergent Superconductivity, an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) led by Brookhaven Lab with partners from the University of Illinois and Argonne National Laboratory.

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Collecting Light with Artificial Moth Eyes

All over the world researchers are investigating solar cells which imitate plant photosynthesis, using sunlight and water to create synthetic fuels such as hydrogen. Empa researchers have developed such a photoelectrochemical cell, recreating a moth’s eye to drastically increase its light collecting efficiency. The cell is made of cheap raw materials – iron and tungsten oxide.

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