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Project Aims to Improve Efficiency of Evaporation and Condensation in Critical Processes

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Power generation, the heat in our homes, air-conditioning, even the manufacturing of some of the products we use each day rely on evaporation and condensation processes. Improving and controlling these phase-change phenomena could increase energy efficiency across a vast number of industries. Shankar Narayanan, assistant professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is leading a team that will be supported by a new NSF CAREER grant to study how evaporation and condensation processes can be improved or controlled at the micro level.

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11-Dec-2019 11:35 AM EST
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Why It Matters: Space Jam

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Space is getting crowded. The biggest challenge is space junk—the debris that results when satellites break up or get shot down. If we aren’t careful, space junk, and space conflict, could cause a lot of problems down here on Earth.

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HFES to Testify at U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Government Relations Committee Chair, Dr. Mica Endsley, will testify tomorrow on behalf of the Society during a U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing The Boeing 737 MAX: Examining the Federal Aviation Administration’s Oversight of the Aircraft’s Certification.

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10-Dec-2019 1:05 PM EST
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Tiny Magnetic Particles Enable New Material to Bend, Twist, and Grab

Georgia Institute of Technology

A team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and The Ohio State University has developed a soft polymer material, called magnetic shape memory polymer, that uses magnetic fields to transform into a variety of shapes. The material could enable a range of new applications from antennas that change frequencies on the fly to gripper arms for delicate or heavy objects.

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Refueling Satellites in Space, With the Help of a Robot

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Many technologies that are essential for daily life — from communications to GPS navigation to weather forecasting — rely on the thousands of satellites that are orbiting Earth. When those satellites run out of gas and stop working, there’s not much that can currently be done to fix them. It’s a costly, time-consuming, and increasingly problematic reality as broken-down satellites become part of the growing population of space debris. A team of researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, led by Wen, are working with NASA on a solution: a robot that could capture a satellite in space and pull it in to dock, where it would refuel.

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10-Dec-2019 9:40 AM EST
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Argonne’s debt to 2019 Nobel Prize for lithium-ion battery

Argonne National Laboratory

A roar of approval rang out at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory upon the announcement in October that John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino had won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. On December 10th in Stockholm, they received this highly coveted prize for their major contributions to the invention of the lithium-ion battery, which is a long-standing major focus of research at Argonne.

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Newswise: Novel polymer to increase energy density, stability of lithium ion batteries

Novel polymer to increase energy density, stability of lithium ion batteries

Penn State College of Engineering

Penn State researchers have developed a novel method that could enable the widespread use of silicon-based anodes, which allow electricity to enter a device, in rechargeable lithium ion batteries.

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