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Matched 'hybrid' systems may hold key to wider use of renewable energy

Matched 'hybrid' systems may hold key to wider use of renewable energy

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The use of renewable energy in the United States could take a significant leap forward with improved storage technologies or more efforts to "match" different forms of alternative energy systems that provide an overall more steady flow of electricity, researchers say in a new report.

Shaping the future of energy storage with conductive clay

Shaping the future of energy storage with conductive clay

An eel-lectrifying future for autonomous underwater robots

An eel-lectrifying future for autonomous underwater robots

On 24 October 2014, Sweden called off the hunt for a submarine after a week-long underwater search in the Stockholm archipelago. Triggered by a reported sighting of a Russian submarine, the alleged 'invasion' had been widely anticipated by military specialists and the media.

"Our assessment is that in the inner archipelago there was a plausible foreign underwater operation," Rear Adm. Anders Grenstad commented, "But we believe that what has violated Swedish waters has left."

Particles, waves and ants

Particles, waves and ants

This news release is available in German.

A drunken sailor staggers onto a square with lots of streetlamps on it. Sometimes he will run into one of the lamps, change his direction and keep moving. Does the time he spends on this square depend on the number of streetlamps? The surprising answer is: no.

Study supports free 'super Wi-Fi'

Study supports free 'super Wi-Fi'

This news release is available in German.

Heat-conducting plastic developed at U-Michigan

ANN ARBOR--The spaghetti-like internal structure of most plastics makes it hard for them to cast away heat, but a University of Michigan research team has made a plastic blend that does so 10 times better than its conventional counterparts.

Young scientist discovers new method to achieve ultra-narrow laser linewidth

Why do people with autism see faces differently?

This news release is available in French.

Diagnosing deafness early will help teenagers' reading development

Deaf teenagers have better reading skills if they were identified as deaf by the time they were nine months old, research from the University of Southampton has shown.

The Southampton team has been studying the development of a group of children who were identified with permanent childhood hearing impairment (PCHI) at a very early age in a pilot screening programme conducted in Southampton and London in the 1990s.

Lawrence Livermore researchers develop efficient method to produce nanoporous metals

LIVERMORE, Calif. - Nanoporous metals -- foam-like materials that have some degree of air vacuum in their structure -- have a wide range of applications because of their superior qualities.

They posses a high surface area for better electron transfer, which can lead to the improved performance of an electrode in an electric double capacitor or battery. Nanoporous metals offer an increased number of available sites for the adsorption of analytes, a highly desirable feature for sensors.