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Argonne to showcase science and technology at community open house

... world we live in, develops and evaluates advanced energy sources, promotes environmental stewardship and ... including one of the world's fastest and most energy efficient supercomputers. The laboratory's ... data feeds from around the world Ride an energy bike to generate electricity Identify ...

'Green' energy from algae

... one of the most urgent challenges of our times. energy plants like rape or oil palm are being discussed ... may contribute decisively to tomorrow's energy supply. For energy production from microalgae, KIT scientists are ...

Obama administration announces more than $327 million in Recovery Act funding for science research

... Washington, D.C. U.S Department of energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that more ... for research aimed at strengthening America's energy security and tackling some of science's toughest ... national laboratories and universities for fusion energy research; Expanded funding for integrated ...

Plankton Power and RTDC announce proposed algae-to-biofuels pilot facility on Cape Cod

... a $20 million proposal to the U.S. Department of energy that would leverage $4 million in private funding ... MassDevelopment, the Massachusetts Clean energy Center, and Loud Fuel Company are also supporting ... source of seawater as well as a renewable thermal energy source for algae growth and temperature control. ...

New computer simulation helps explain folding in important cellular protein

... of protein folding through examining the energy landscape," Landau explained. "By doing this, we ... simulation method capable of sampling the energy density states that allow such folding? ... The second step was to sample various energy and structural "observables" of the system to ...

Stress signals link pre-existing sickness with susceptibility to bacterial infection

... signal intended to help the body overcome its energy deficit. The stress-signal induces the production of more mitochondria, the energy generating 'powerplants' of the body, in the ... kinase (AMPK), to promote the generation of more energy producing mitochondria. Infectious bacteria, ...

DOE-funded research projects win 46 R&D 100 Awards for 2009

... WASHINGTON, DC U.S. Secretary of energy Steven Chu announced today that energy Department-funded researchers have won 46 of the ... once again for their remarkable work," said energy Secretary Steven Chu. "The cutting-edge research ...

Bad mitochondria may actually be good for you

... species produced by mitochondria while they make energy slowly accumulate and begin damaging cells, ... MCLK1-defective mice, mitochondria were quite energy inefficient and produced a lot of harmful oxygen ... their overall inefficiency results in less energy and fewer oxygen radicals being produced in other ...

PNNL scientist garners early career presidential award

... on subsurface flow that addresses past and future energy needs: cleaning up buried nuclear or toxic ... reduce the impacts that nuclear and fossil fuel energy use have on the environment. Tartakovsky develops ... of computational science in solving complex energy and environmental challenges. "Alex has been ...

Forest fire prevention efforts will lessen carbon sequestration, add to greenhouse warming

... it doesn't work." Using biofuels to produce energy does not completely offset the need for other ... figure, however, assumes an optimal production of energy from biofuels that is probably not possible," ... transportation, fuel for thinning and other energy expenditures, you are probably looking at a ...

Report shows the power of US cities to mitigate climate change and steps they need to take to adapt

... still considerable opportunities ahead to reduce energy use and emissions, which will also control rising ... arising from climate change, including energy efficiency and a strengthening of communities. ... save the city hundreds of millions of dollars in energy costs in the coming decade", whilst Washougal, WA ...

Scientists track chemical changes in cells as they endure extreme conditions

... and microbes that play a role in photosynthesis, energy production, and geochemical phenomena. Their work ... radicals. But some cells with adequate stores of energy survived. And for the first time, thanks to ... in bioremediation and may someday be used to aid energy production and carbon sequestration efforts. ....

Sustainable bioenergy project has global launch

... -- as a prominent factor in meeting global energy needs. Scientists from around the world are ... of issues related to sustainable production of energy from biomass. "There are tremendous ... and director of Penn State Institutes of energy and the Environment. The three-stage project ...

Key to evolutionary fitness: Cut the calories

... has shown that, even when food is abundant, energy intake reaches a limit, even in animals with high ... Meeting in Glasgow has shown that, when their energy reserves are low or when their offspring are kept ... Brown hares are able to increase their energy turnover and rate of milk production above that ...

Super-sleepers could help super-sizers!

... animals go through a period of torpor to conserve energy when resources are scarce. But when it comes to ... the frogs to maximise the use of their limited energy resources without ever running on empty. This ... be extremely efficient in the use of the limited energy stores they have by increasing the total amount ...

Energy-saving method checks refrigerant level in air conditioners

... - Engineers have developed a technique that saves energy and servicing costs by indicating when air ... or amount of refrigerant in a system, saves energy because air conditioners low on refrigerant must ... as properly charged units. "Not only does the energy efficiency go down, but you also reduce the ...

American Chemical Society's Weekly Presspac -- June 17, 2009

... proposing a surprising new solution to the global energy crisis "milking" oil from the tiny, single-cell ... the prospect of "milking" diatoms for sustainable energy by altering them to actively secrete oil ... less waste and emissions, minimizing material and energy use and operating more safely under more benign ...

Researchers observe single protein dimers wavering between two symmetrically opposed structures

... folded structure that is determined by the energy balance between the amino acids that make them ... says Deniz." While the concept of a funneled energy landscape explains folding, protein function ... shape. Theoretical work generalizing energy landscape theory combined with these experiments ...

GEN reports on alternative feedstocks for ethanol production

... more than eighty percent of the world's main energy supply," says John Sterling, Editor in Chief of ... this number." Edenspace Systems is working on energy Corn, a feedstock designed to cut the cost of ... hydrolysis, would be applicable to a variety of energy crops including switchgrass, sorghum, and sugar ...

Mate selection: How does she know he'll take care of the kids?

... be honest and they may devote more of their energy to caring for their offspring than to being ... or mating displays that take substantial energy to maintain. When a male's energy is heavily focused on keeping up his appearance, ...

Rice University researchers ask if biofuels will lead to a 'drink or drive'

... the interdependence and growing tension between energy and water security," said a report titled "The ... and noted that certain crops yield more biofuel energy while using less land, fertilizer and water. ... options, can "deliver more potential biofuel energy with lower requirements for agricultural land, ...

American Chemical Society weekly presspac -- June 10, 2009

... "A White-Light-Emitting Molecule: Frustrated energy Transfer between Constituent Emitting Centers" ... FOR 9 A.M., EASTERN TIME, June 15, 2009 Solar energy technology gets more visually-appealing makeover ... Those unsightly rooftop solar panels hailed as energy savers but often frowned upon as neighborhood ...

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, June 2009

... Cabage, (865) 574-4399; cabagewh@ornl.gov ] energy -- energy efficient jobs . . . Hundreds of new jobs ... product that meets the 2009 Department of energy "Energy Star" standards for electric water ...

Mars mission could ease Earth's energy supply crisis

... the answers to the globally pressing issue of energy supply. A major study by the Imperial ... and efficient way to help process unconventional energy resources, potentially having an enormous impact ... turn them into conventional petroleum." Usable energy resources are essential to the global economy. ...

European top universities join forces in energy research

... The focus on Sustainable energy Technologies was chosen for multiple reasons: to ... change, to provide society with security of energy supply and to stimulate economic growth and ... The new graduate school in Sustainable energy Technologies will be based on a number of themes. ...

More than just the tailpipe

... and upkeep of train stations to the intensive energy costs of airport runway construction and ore ... boasting a light railway with low operational energy use, their LRT is a far larger greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter because 82 per cent of the energy generated in Boston is fossil-fuel based, ...

SRI International announces findings from new upper atmospheric radar system for scientific research

... and other processes linked to the transfer of energy and momentum from the surface of the sun to ... in three dimensions where and how magnetospheric energy is deposited into the system that couples the ... study how the ionosphere changes in response to energy input from above and below. He scheduled AMISR ...

DOE JGI releases expanded version of Phytozome.net

... has been released by the U.S. Department of energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI). Phytozome ... a renewable, alternative fuel with the highest energy content of any current alternative fuel. ... model plant for temperate grasses and herbaceous energy crops. Arabidopsis lyrata , a close relative ...

NASA satellite detects red glow to map global ocean plant health

... in the ecosystem." All plants absorb energy from the sun, typically more than they can consume through photosynthesis. The extra energy is mostly released as heat, but a small fraction ... water is iron-poor, phytoplankton emit more solar energy as fluorescence than when iron is sufficient. ...

The coming of biofuels: Study shows reducing gasoline emissions will benefit human health

... President Barack Obama and energy Secretary Steve Chu are consistent in their ... could also impact human health. A grant from the energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) has produced a novel ... appointment with Berkeley Lab's Environmental energy Technologies Division and the University of ...

Toward cheap underwater sensor nets

... of Engineering presented a paper highlighting the energy conservation benefits of using reconfigurable ... idea is to make the sensor and modem hardware as energy efficient as possible," said Benson. Greater energy efficiency means batteries can last longer and ...

Healing wounds with lasers, vehicles that drive themselves, other cutting-edge optics

... scarring. For years, scientists have used the energy in laser light to drill microscopic holes or as ... casing would only add bulk and weight. Their energy consumption is also an issue in the field, where ... Laboratory, is to improve the size, weight, and energy efficiency of these experimental displays and to ...

Bolivian rainforest study suggests feeding behavior in monkeys and humans have ancient, shared roots

... now. Rather than trying to maximize their daily energy intake, the monkeys tightly regulate their daily ... words, they would aim to maximise their daily energy intake. Our findings show this is not the case. ... individuals will end up ingesting a great deal of energy in order to obtain their protein target, which ...

Accolade for solar-hydrogen project

... friendly and cost-effective basis by using energy from the sun has won a prestigious E.ON research ... of organic compounds avoiding the use of energy derived from fossil fuels and CO2 emissions. ... was on the application of nanotechnology in the energy sector. The awards were given to nine outstanding ...

Scientists work to plug microorganisms into the energy grid

... biofuels. When we successfully supply sources of energy to the grid from non-food, cellulosic, parts of ... Madison, one of two directors of Department of energy Bioenergy Research Centers who spoke today in a ... residues (including sugarcane bagasse), dedicated energy crops (like switchgrass) or the non-edible parts ...

Pliable proteins keep photosynthesis on the light path

... is the reaction center, where light energy is funneled into specialized chlorophyll binding ... helping the plant or bacteria to harness light energy efficiently even if conditions aren't optimal. ... into the bacteria and study how these affect the energy conversion efficiency of the reaction center," ...

Major funding to help cut CO2 emissions

... then we can look forward to a secure, low carbon energy future for the UK. "Alongside new nuclear and renewable sources, coal is a vital part of our energy mix. These latest research projects are vital in ... in our universities to deliver clean, sustainable energy systems for the future." The UK is committed ...

Story tips From the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory -- May 2009

... This research was funded by the Department of energy Office of Biological and Environmental Research ... -- Computational confirmation . . . Fusion energy took a small step forward with a successful ... This research was funded by the Department of energy Office of ...

People of higher socioeconomic status choose better diets -- but pay more per calorie

... adults in the Seattle, Washington area. The energy density of the diet (i.e. available energy per unit weight) is one indicator of diet ... than do fast foods, sweets, candy and desserts. energy dense foods provide more calories per unit weight ...

Vanderbilt engineers play key role in new DOE energy frontier research center

... methods for converting solar and electrical energy into fuel, improved fuel cells, and enhancing the ... That is the focus of a new multi-million-dollar energy Frontier Research Center announced by the White ... is one of two such centers that the Department of energy is establishing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory ...
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