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1 hr ago | The Daily Caller

Government Study (Once Again) Shows Fracking Does Not Harm Drinking Water

The Energy Department has released a study that once again shows that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is not harming drinking water supplies in the Marcellus Shale region. The DOE's report found no evidence that fracking fluid or natural gas migrated into drinking water aquifers.


Related Topix: Devon, PA, Environment, Science, Alternative Energy, Renewable Energy (Green Energy), Energy, US News, Conservative Political News

3 hrs ago | Wireless Design & Development

Why Lithium Ion Batteries Go Bad

A comprehensive look at how tiny particles in a lithium ion battery electrode behave shows that rapid-charging the battery and using it to do high-power, rapidly draining work may not be as damaging as researchers had thought - and that the benefits of slow draining and charging may have been overestimated. The results challenge the prevailing view that "supercharging" batteries is always harder on battery electrodes than charging at slower rates, according to researchers from Stanford University and the Stanford Institute for Materials & Energy Sciences at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.


Related Topix: Stanford University, Startups, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3 hrs ago | Hispanic Business

ComEd Awarded Grant from Department of Energy for Microgrid Controller

ComEd assembled a group of leading science and technology partners for the DOE proposal including Alstom Grid, . A microgrid is a localized power system with the ability to self-supply and operate independently of, or in concert with, the main grid to meet the energy needs of multiple entities.


Related Topix: Weather

3 hrs ago | Aurora Era-Banner

Rapidly charge smartphones without damaging batteries

Researchers have discovered that faster-charging and draining will not harm the lithium ion battery electrode as thought previously, paving way for a new attempt to help extend smartphone battery life. The latest study involved researchers from Stanford University and the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.


Related Topix: Stanford University, Startups

4 hrs ago | The Washington Post

Reaching consensus to improve the energy efficiency of appliances and commercial equipment

By engaging and reaching consensus among environmental, consumer and industry groups, the Department of Energy has made rapid progress during the past several years adopting numerous new energy conservation standards for residential appliances and commercial equipment. The Appliance Standards Program, designed to save consumers money while reducing energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions, has been headed since 2010 by John Cymbalsky, who revived the languishing initiative that had been hampered by numerous lawsuits and a tug-of-war between manufacturers and environmental groups.


Related Topix: Big Box Retailers, US Politics, US News

5 hrs ago | ThinkProgress

Obama Administration Unveils Plan To Improve Efficiency In Hotels

In an effort to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and ultimately save money, the federal government is considering requiring companies like hotels and motels to make sure their heating and cooling systems run more efficiently. In a proposed rule in Monday's federal register, the U.S. Department of Energy unveiled new energy efficiency standards for packaged terminal air conditioners, called PTACs, and packaged terminal heat pumps, called PTHPs.


Related Topix: Global Warming, US News, Liberal Political News

7 hrs ago | Reuters

UPDATE 1-Brent holds below $98, capped by weak demand

Brent crude was little changed at just below $98 a barrel on Tuesday, holding gains after recovering from its lowest price in more than two years but capped by a soft global economic outlook. Data reflecting lacklustre manufacturing output performance in the world's two largest economies, the United States and China, stoked demand fears and kept oil prices in check.


7 hrs ago | R & D

Want to print your own cell phone microscope for pennies?

At one o'clock in the morning, layers of warm plastic are deposited on the platform of the 3-D printer that sits on scientist Rebecca Erikson's desk. A small plastic housing, designed to fit over the end of a cell phone, begins to take shape.


Related Topix: Cell Phones, Cellphones, Electronics, Printers

11 hrs ago | Peninsula Daily News

Answers blowing in the wind: High-tech buoys in Sequim to aid energy research on both coasts

Will Shaw, an atmospheric scientist with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, explains how lasers will shoot into the sky to measure wind conditions for potential power development aboard one of two $1.3 million research buoys that will be deployed in Dungeness Bay for the next month. -Photo by Joe Smillie/Peninsula Daily News One of the buoy platforms on Sequim Bay is decked out with advanced scientific instruments to more accurately predict offshore wind's power-producing potential.


Related Topix: Sequim, WA, Alternative Energy, Wind Power, Renewable Energy (Green Energy), Energy

12 hrs ago | Science Daily

Elusive quantum transformations found near absolute zero

To isolate quantum fluctuations that define the properties of a metallic material, scientists probed it at temperatures colder than interstellar space. The research provides new methods to identify and understand promising new materials, including superconductors.


Mon Sep 15, 2014


Aquino asks Congress for emergency power

President Benigno Aquino III has formally asked Congress to grant him emergency power to address the looming power supply shortage in 2015. Aquino cited the imminent shortage of electric power for the summer of 2015 in Luzon in asking for an emergency power from House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Senate President Franklin Drilon.


Science Daily

Decoding virus-host interactions in the oxygen-starved ocean

In certain coastal areas, severe reductions in oxygen levels in the water destroy food web structure. Over the past 50 years, such oxygen minimum zones have expanded due to climate change and increased waste run-off.


Related Topix: Canada, World News

Federal agencies approve North Dakota power line

Construction on a 200-mile-long power line in western North Dakota is set to begin after getting the go-ahead from two federal agencies. Basin Electric received approval from the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service over the weekend, company spokesman Curt Pearson said Monday.


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican, Senator John Hoeven, North Dakota Government, North Dakota, Agriculture, Science, Marketing

Local NEWS 8

ISU awarded nuclear research grant

Idaho State University could soon give schools such as M.I.T a run for its money, after the U.S. Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy University Program awarded ISU more than $600,000 in grant money this week. Out of that, $400,000 will go toward the Dept.


Related Topix: Nuclear Energy, Idaho State University


Carbon Sequestration Research Continues at Sandia Labs Under Energy Department Funds

Sandia researchers are sharing a four-year, $12 million Department of Energy research contract on the long-term geologic sequestration of carbon, considered a key element in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The contract from the department's Office of Science funds research by the Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security , a joint carbon sequestration program led by the University of Texas, Austin.


Related Topix: Technical Services, Sandia, University of Texas at Austin, Texas, Chemistry

R & D

Advanced buoys bring vital data to untapped energy resource

Two massive, 20,000-lb buoys decked out with the latest in meteorological and oceanographic equipment will enable more accurate predictions of the power-producing potential of winds that blow off U.S. shores. The bright yellow buoys-each worth $1.3 million-are being commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy 's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington state's Sequim Bay.


Related Topix: Alternative Energy, Renewable Energy (Green Energy), Energy, Wind Power

R & D

X-rays unlock a protein's SWEET side

Understanding just how sugar makes its way into the cell could lead to the design of better drugs for diabetes patients and an increase in the amount of fruits and vegetables farmers are able to grow. Stanford Univ.


Related Topix: Life, Food, Vegetables

Oil and Gas Online

API Welcomes Progress On Natural Gas Exports

API welcomed final approval by the Department of Energy for exports of liquefied natural gas from Cameron Parish, Louisiana and Martin County, Florida and urged the administration to accelerate the process for other projects. "As the world's top natural gas producer, America is in a strong position to create jobs, grow our economy, and bolster our influence overseas," said API Upstream Group Director Erik Milito.


Related Topix: Martin County, FL

Sun Sep 14, 2014


Another Malampaya possible - DOE

ISTANBUL, Turkey The Philippines has the potential to discover another natural gas field similar to the landmark $4.5-billion Malampaya deep-water-to-gas project in offshore Palawan under its current petroleum exploration round, a ranking Energy official told The STAR. In an interview on the sidelines of the Department of Energy's international roadshow here for its so-called Philippine Energy Contracting Round , Energy Undersecretary Zenaida Monsada said there are areas offered under PECR 5 that have the potential of becoming another Malampaya project.


Related Topix: Turkey, World News, Southeast Asia, Philippines, Geology, Science

Green Car Congress

Study finds rapid charging and draining doesn't damage lithium-ion electrode as much as thought

Particles range from fully charged to intermediate charge to drained of charge The scalebar equals 500 nm. Click to enlarge.


Related Topix: Stanford University, Startups