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Reactor Shutdown Signals End of Energy Independence

December 22, 2009 6:20 am | by Gary Peach, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

The EU-ordered shutdown of Lithuania's Chernobyl-style reactor will remove 40 percent of the country's generating capacity.

Report: Biomaterials Need To Reach 'Petroleum Parity'

December 22, 2009 5:48 am | News | Comments

In order to replace conventional fuels and materials, biofuels and biomaterials need to be competitive with petroleum-based products on cost, properties and scale.

Small Town Haunted by Pollutants, Birth Defects

December 22, 2009 5:37 am | by NOAKI SCHWARTZ, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Maricela Mares-Alatorre was aware of the pollutants that surrounded her as she grew up in this tiny farm town just three miles from the largest toxic waste dump in the West.

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Waukesha Electric partners with SuperPower and UH to build fault current limiting superconducting transformer for Dept. of Energy

December 22, 2009 5:23 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( University of Houston ) Waukesha Electric Systems, SuperPower, University of Houston, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Southern California Edison are partnering in a $10.7 million smart grid demonstration project award announced by US Department of Energy.

U of A led team makes breakthrough demonstration of pH-regulating protein

December 22, 2009 5:23 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( University of Alberta ) Researchers have identified the protein mechanism that senses bicarbonate fluctuations and adjusts blood pH levels. A Canadian/US research team led by University of Alberta biological sciences professor, Greg Goss and his graduate students Martin Tresguerres...

ASU scientists improve chip memory by stacking cells

December 22, 2009 5:23 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( Arizona State University ) Scientists at Arizona State University have developed an elegant method for significantly improving the memory capacity of electronic chips. Led by Michael Kozicki, an ASU electrical engineering professor and director of the Center for Applied Nanoionics,...

Copenhagen accord was a "disaster,", says Sweden

December 22, 2009 4:28 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Sweden described the Copenhagen climate change summit as a "disaster" and a "great failure" on Tuesday, ahead of a meeting of European Union environment ministers to discuss how to rescue the process.

NSF grant benefits chemistry research/local H.S. outreach

December 22, 2009 4:22 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( Williams College ) The National Science Foundation has announced an award of a $247,553 to Enrique Peacock-Lopez, professor of chemistry at Williams College, in support of his project, "A Dynamical Study of Chemical Self-Replication and Regulatory Mechanisms." The research will...

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Report: New Mexico's greenhouse gas emissions up

December 22, 2009 3:12 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

An inventory of New Mexico's greenhouse gas production shows residents have reduced their average emissions from gasoline use over a seven-year period, but they're consuming more energy to heat, cool and power their homes.Despite efforts by Gov. Bill Richardson's administration to address...

India says to better cuts in gas emissions growth

December 21, 2009 11:26 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India could improve upon its aims to slow the growth of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, the environment minister said on Tuesday after returning from climate change talks in Copenhagen.

State funding fuels China's global push in wind, sun

December 21, 2009 8:27 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

HONG KONG (Reuters) - When A-Power Energy Generation Systems secured a deal to supply turbines for a U.S. wind farm project in October, the little-known Chinese firm had an ace up its sleeve to help it clinch the deal.

What are the amounts of greenhouse gases released in your area and what are the sources?

December 21, 2009 6:24 pm | by Science Daily | News | Comments

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has developed a high resolution digital view of artificial greenhouse gas emissions for any 10-by-10-kilometer area in the world. Using JRC's work on emissions and Google Earth, this new tool allows the visualization of the levels of...

California senator acts to widen desert protection

December 21, 2009 4:26 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced a bill on Monday to set aside over one million acres of California desert for wildlife and scenic conservation, closing those areas to renewable energy companies hungry for sunny, wide-open spaces.

Polarized micro-cavity organic light-emitting devices.

December 21, 2009 2:37 pm | by Opt Express | Articles | Comments

We present the results of a study of light emissions from a polarized micro-cavity Organic Light-Emitting Device (OLED), which consisted of a flexible, anisotropic one-dimensional (1-D) photonic crystal (PC) film substrate. It is shown that luminous Electroluminescent (EL)...

Exceptionally efficient organic light emitting devices using high refractive index substrates.

December 21, 2009 2:37 pm | by Opt Express | Articles | Comments

Organic light emitting devices (OLEDs) are now used in commercial cell phones and flat screen displays, but may become even more successful in lighting applications, in which large area, high efficiency, long lifetime and low cost are essential. Due to the relatively high...

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