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ORNL Researchers Tune Friction in Ionic Solids at the Nanoscale

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Experiments conducted by researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have uncovered a way of controlling friction on ionic surfaces at the nanoscale using electrical stimulation and ambient water vapor.

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'Bulletproof' Battery: Kevlar Membrane for Safer, Thinner Lithium Rechargeables

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New battery technology from the University of Michigan should be able to prevent the kind of fires that grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliners in 2013.

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Seeking Green Synergy at the University of Haifa: Do Green Roofs and Solar Panels Work Well Together?

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A new University of Haifa study that examines whether solar electricity panels and green roofs can work well in tandem

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Bergan ’15 Named Jefferson Prize Winner

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Will Bergan ’15 got hooked on physics in middle school. He’s done research at two of the world’s premier high-energy physics installations and is the recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Prize in Natural Philosophy, William & Mary’s top honor for science and mathematics undergraduates.

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Materials Science and Engineering's Zide Wins AVS Peter Mark Memorial Award

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Joshua Zide, associate professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Delaware, has won the 2014 Peter Mark Memorial Award from American Vacuum Society, an interdisciplinary society for materials, interface and processing technology. The award recognizes an outstanding young researcher (35 or younger) who has contributed work to AVS publications.

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Calculating the Future of Solar-Fuel Refineries

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A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has developed a new tool to help engineers better gauge the overall yield, efficiency and costs associated with scaling solar-fuel production processes up into large-scale refineries.

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SLAC Scientists Search for New Ways to Deal with U.S. Uranium Ore Processing Legacy

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are trying to find out why uranium persists in groundwater at former uranium ore processing sites despite remediation of contaminated surface materials two decades ago. They think buried organic material may be at fault, storing toxic uranium at levels that continue to pose risks to human health and the environment, and hope their study will pave the way for better long-term site management and protection of the public and environment.

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California’s Policies Can Significantly Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Through 2030

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A new model of the impact of California’s existing and proposed policies on its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals suggests that the state is on track to meet 2020 goals, and could achieve greater emission reductions by 2030, but the state will need to do more to reach its 2050 climate goals.

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Tunneling Layer May Improve Efficiency of Multi-Junction Organic Solar Cells

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Organic solar cells are less expensive to produce than silicon-based technologies, but to make them competitive a method must be found to increase their efficiency. Qiquan Qiao of the South Dakota State University Center for Advanced Photovoltaics is using tunnel junctions to provide effective pathways through which charge can travel and thus reduce energy losses