Engineering

Taking the carbon out of construction with engineered wood

To meet the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change—keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius and ideally capping it at 1.5 C—humanity will ultimately need to achieve net-zero emissions of greenhouse ...

Energy & Green Tech

First commercial electric plane takes flight in Canada

The world's first fully electric commercial aircraft took its inaugural test flight on Tuesday, taking off from the Canadian city of Vancouver and offering hope that airlines may one day end their polluting emissions.

Engineering

Punching holes in opaque solar cells turns them transparent

Researchers in Korea have found an effective and inexpensive strategy to transform solar cells from opaque to transparent. Existing transparent solar cells tend to have a reddish hue and lower efficiency, but by punching ...

Engineering

A gnu way to control room temperature

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems—called HVAC systems—can be a delicate balance. There are many factors to consider, from air flow between rooms to the effect of human body heat. In the past decade, researchers ...

Energy & Green Tech

Tracking power generation and use in the U.S. on an hourly basis

A team of researchers at Stanford University has found a way to track how much electricity is generated and used in the U.S. on an hourly basis. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, ...

Energy & Green Tech

Car batteries can be frozen for safer transportation

Currently, transporting damaged and defective car batteries is an expensive process as they need to be placed in an explosion-proof box, which costs thousands of pounds. However, researchers from WMG at the University of ...

Semiconductors

A new type of hybrid colloidal quantum dot/organic solar cells

Solution-processed semiconductors, including materials such as perovskites and quantum dots (i.e., small particles of matter in the quantum size regime), are substances with a conductivity ranging between that of insulators ...

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