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A Global Natural Gas Boom Alone Won't Slow Climate Change

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A new analysis of global energy use, economics and the climate shows that expanding the current bounty of inexpensive natural gas alone would not slow the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, according to a study appearing today in...
12-Oct-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Ahoy, Offshore Wind: Advanced Buoys Bring Vital Data to Untapped Energy Resource

Two large buoys that are decked out with advanced scientific instruments will help more accurately predict offshore wind’s power-producing potential.
12-Sep-2014 1:00 PM EDT

Angling Chromium to Let Oxygen Through

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More efficient fuel cells might gain wider use in vehicles or as quiet, pollution-free, neighborhood electricity generating stations. A serendipitous finding has resulted in a semiconducting material that could enable fuel cells to operate at...
10-Sep-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Birth of a Mineral

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Researchers used a powerful microscope that allows them to see the birth of calcium carbonate crystals in real time, giving them a peek at how different calcium carbonate crystals form, they report in September 5's issue of Science.
2-Sep-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Water Leads to Chemical That Gunks Up Biofuels Production

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Trying to understand the chemistry that turns plant material into the same energy-rich gasoline and diesel we put in our vehicles, researchers have discovered that water in the conversion process helps form an impurity which, in turn, slows down key...
20-Aug-2014 2:00 PM EDT

“Wetting” a Battery’s Appetite for Renewable Energy Storage

A new liquid metal alloy enables sodium-beta batteries to operate at lower temperatures, which could help the batteries store more renewable energy and strengthen the power grid.
31-Jul-2014 5:00 PM EDT

A Noble Gas Cage

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A new material called CC3 effectively traps xenon, krypton, and radon, gases used for lighting or medical industries and, in the case of radon, can be hazardous to people. Research in Nature Materials shows how CC3 does this, which might lead to...
21-Jul-2014 12:00 PM EDT

PNNL Scientists Win 3 R&D 100 Awards for Visual Display, Analytics and Energy Technologies

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Technologies that rival electronic screens, enable new molecular analysis and reduce dependence on fossil fuels received recognition for their innovation today. R&D Magazine honored three advancements developed by researchers at the Department of...
14-Jul-2014 10:00 AM EDT

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