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Researchers to Develop Software to Improve Discovery of Low-Cost, Sustainable Energy Materials

Potential uses include economical battery materials to capture solar energy and materials that convert water to hydrogen using sunlight.

New Technology Helps Cope with Heat Buildup in Nuclear Fusion

Patented technology could help make nuclear energy a more viable energy source.
Nuclear Waste-Burning Technology Could Change the Face of Nuclear Energy

Nuclear Waste-Burning Technology Could Change the Face of Nuclear Energy

Physicists awarded a U.S. patent for an invention that could someday be used to turn nuclear waste into fuel, thus removing the most dangerous forms of waste from the fuel cycle.

Biologist Receives $1.5 Million to Study Potential Biofuel Crops

Biologist Receives $1.5 Million to Study Potential Biofuel Crops

Tom Juenger has received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to study native prairie grasses as potential sources of biofuel.

Contaminants Become Us

The contaminants in our food, water, soil and air may be changing not just us but our children and grandchildren as well.
Seed Size Is Controlled by Maternally Produced Small RNAs, Scientists Find

Seed Size Is Controlled by Maternally Produced Small RNAs, Scientists Find

New findings could enable scientists to develop biotechnological tools for improving seed production and crop yield.
Biologist Lawrence Gilbert Named 2012 Distinguished Texas Scientist by Texas Academy of Science

Biologist Lawrence Gilbert Named 2012 Distinguished Texas Scientist by Texas Academy of Science

Gilbert recognized for his lifetime of research on the co-evolution of insects and plants, population dynamics, chemical and behavioral ecology, and evolution of novel wing patterns in butterflies.

Toward Lowering the Power Consumption of Microprocessors

Toward Lowering the Power Consumption of Microprocessors

Scientists measure how microprocessors function on a variety of software and chip architectures.

Discovery of a ‘Dark State’ Could Mean a Brighter Future for Solar Energy

Discovery of a ‘Dark State’ Could Mean a Brighter Future for Solar Energy

The efficiency of conventional solar cells could be increased from 31 to 44 percent, according to new research on the mechanisms of solar energy conversion led by chemist Xiaoyang Zhu.

Algal Biofuels are the Future (For Now)

Algal Biofuels are the Future (For Now)

Jerry Brand said that once we learn how to farm microalgae at extraordinary scales, it will be a viable energy source to fuel our cars, trucks and planes.