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Leaving the Electrical Grid in the Upper Peninsula

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While Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is not the sunniest place in the world, solar energy is viable in the region. With new technologies, some people might be inclined to leave the electrical grid. A team from Michigan Technological University looked into the economic viability of grid defection in the Upper Peninsula.

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Algorithm Could Help Detect and Reduce Power Grid Faults

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The power grid is aging, overburdened and seeing more faults than ever, according to many. Any of those breaks could easily lead to prolonged power outages or even equipment damage. Binghamton University researchers have proved that the Singular Spectrum Analysis (SSA) algorithm may be the best tool to help authorities remotely detect and locate power grid faults.

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Looking to Beat the Heat and Save Money?

A new study published by researchers from Concordia University in Montreal confirms that, contrary to the belief that cool roofs won’t work in colder climates, they actually provide net energy — and monetary — savings.

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U.S. Army Camera Captures Explosives in Fine Detail

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While it's possible to study explosives, sans explosives, new techniques involving high-speed, high-fidelity imaging with optical filtering and signal processing techniques have recently made setting off explosives and capturing the data in real-time a reasonable alternative to developing a new simulation. Researchers report their findings this week in the journal Review of Scientific Instruments.

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Fast, Stretchy Circuits Could Yield New Wave of Wearable Electronics

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A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has created the world's fastest stretchable, wearable integrated circuits, an advance that could drive the Internet of Things and a much more connected, high-speed wireless world.

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UChicago’s Jared Lewis Receives 2016 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

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Jared Lewis has been selected for a 2016 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. Lewis, an assistant professor in chemistry at the University of Chicago, is one of 13 Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award recipients this year.

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How to Make a Battery in 7 Easy Steps

Learn how researchers assemble experimental batteries at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Advanced Battery Facility.

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Graphene: A Quantum of Current, ORNL Demonstrates Large-Scale Technique to Produce Quantum Dots, Making Injectable Medicine Safer, and more in the Nanotechnology News Source

Graphene: A Quantum of Current, ORNL Demonstrates Large-Scale Technique to Produce Quantum Dots, Making Injectable Medicine Safer, and more in the Nanotechnology News Source

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Johns Hopkins Students Design Prosthetic Foot for High Heels

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After losing a leg to injury or disease, women adjusting to life with a prosthetic limb face the same challenges as men, with perhaps one added complication: how to wear high-heels? Students have developed an early version of a potential solution.

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Case Western Reserve University’s Landmark Polymer Science Program Launches Dual-PhD with Students From Brazil

The polymer science program at Case Western Reserve University, already historic as the first of its kind in the country when launched 53 years ago, has reached another milestone: the start of an innovative PhD dual-degree with four leading Brazilian universities. The first group of 12 Brazilian PhD students began the Case School of Engineering program this month part of the university’s agreement with Brazil’s Ministry of Education.

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Optics Breakthrough to Revamp Night Vision

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A breakthrough by an Australian collaboration of researchers could make infra-red technology easy-to-use and cheap, potentially saving millions of dollars in defence and other areas using sensing devices, and boosting applications of technology to a host of new areas, such as agriculture.

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Single-Step Hydrogen Peroxide Production Could Be Cleaner, More Efficient

Chemical and biological engineers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have uncovered new insight into how the compound hydrogen peroxide decomposes. This advance, published this spring in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could inform efficient and cost-effective single-step strategies for producing hydrogen peroxide.

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Missouri S&T Researcher Tracks Subsurface Water Flow

By combining computational mathematics and several engineering disciplines, a Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher hopes to consistently predict the underground flow of water through porous terrain with large fractures and channels.

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Business of Energy Graduate Online Certificate Program

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Clarkson University is offering a Business of Energy graduate online certificate program for those in the energy industry or those interested in learning about it.

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Rice De-Icer Gains Anti-Icing Properties

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Rice University scientists have advanced their graphene-based de-icer to serve a dual purpose. The new material still melts ice from wings and wires when conditions get too cold. But if the air is above 7 degrees Fahrenheit, ice won't form at all.

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Researchers Demonstrate Size Quantization of Dirac Fermions in Graphene

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Characterization of high-quality material reveals important details relevant to next generation nanoelectronic devices.

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Graphene: A Quantum of Current

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When current comes in discrete packages: Viennese scientists unravel the quantum properties of the carbon material graphene.

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Power Up When the Temperature Is Down

Chemists from Hiroshima University developed a new synthesis method for organic radical batteries that are re-chargeable and continue to function at below-freezing temperatures.

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Temporary Oilfield Workers Are Major Factor in Increased Water Use in N. Dakota Bakken Region

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Increased water use in the rapidly growing oil industry in North Dakota's Bakken oil shale region, or play, is surprisingly due not only to oil well development but also to people, according to a recent study. Increased oil development in that region has attracted thousands of oilfield employees.

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New Berkeley Lab Study Tallies Environmental and Public Health Benefits of Solar Power

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Solar power could deliver $400 billion in environmental and public health benefits throughout the United States by 2050, according to a study from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Berkeley Lab and National Renewable Energy Laboratory.