Solar-To-Hydrogen Technology Sold for $400 Million Euro
August 17, 2007 12:14 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
The maker of a solar powered 'water cracker' - a technology that releases hydrogen from a water molecule, today pre-sold the technology to a large European energy consortium in Spain. The CHP Solar Water Cracker is a system which concentrates sunlight, increasing the heat of a furnace to the point where it "cracks" a molecule of water into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen can be sold or run through a fuel cell to generate energy.
Planets like earth may have formed around other stars, UCLA astronomers report
August 17, 2007 11:58 AM - University of California - Los Angeles
The chemical fingerprint of a burned-out star indicates that Earth-like planets may not be rare in the universe and could give clues to what our solar system will look like when our sun dies and becomes a white dwarf star some five billion years from now.
UK satellite mission to improve accuracy of climate-change measurements gains global support
August 17, 2007 11:05 AM - National Physical Laboratory
TRUTHS (Traceable Radiometry Underpinning Terrestrial- and Helio- Studies) is a proposed satellite mission, led by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), to improve tenfold the accuracy of earth observation satellites used to deliver climate change data.
NASA Images: New Temples And Ancient Vast Urban Development Surrounded Cambodia's Angkor
August 16, 2007 05:48 PM - By Tan Ee Lyn, Reuters
Archaeologists have published a new map showing an extensive ancient settlement surrounding Cambodia's Angkor Wat that supported large numbers of inhabitants before and after the famous temple was built.
GM Prepares Fuel Cell Technology for Future Production
August 16, 2007 11:27 AM - General Motors
General Motors Corp. is moving more than 500 fuel cell experts from advanced development laboratories to core engineering functions to prepare fuel cell technology for future production.
All change at the Earth's core
August 16, 2007 11:18 AM - European Science Foundation
It is hard to know what is going on over 3000 km beneath our feet, but until recently scientists were fairly confident that they understood the way the iron atoms in the Earth’s core packed together.
Chinese Official Claims Collapsed Bridge "Harmonious With Environment"
August 16, 2007 12:39 AM - Reuters
A Chinese official said today that a bridge that collapsed killing at least 41 people was made of just rocks wrapped in concrete instead of steel so that it would be in "harmony with the environment".
Beyond batteries: Storing power in a sheet of paper
August 14, 2007 10:45 AM - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a new energy storage device that easily could be mistaken for a simple sheet of black paper.
Comet Probes Reveal Evidence Of Origin Of Life, Scientists Claim
August 14, 2007 10:39 AM - Cardiff University
Recent probes inside comets show it is overwhelmingly likely that life began in space, according to a new paper by Cardiff University scientists. Now the team states that findings from space probes sent to investigate passing comets reveal how the first organisms could have formed.
Researchers Develop Bendable Battery
August 14, 2007 09:36 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press
It's a battery that looks like a piece of paper and can be bent or twisted, trimmed with scissors or molded into any shape needed. While the battery is only a prototype a few inches square right now, the researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute who developed it have high hopes for it in electronics and other fields that need smaller, lighter power sources.