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Energy Internet

04/27/2016

An experimental energy microgrid in Brooklyn, New York, shows how energy-generating homes can become part of a peer-to-peer electricity system, Fast Coexist reports. The project, part of the Brooklyn Microgrid ‒ a distributed energy development group in the Park Slope and Gowanus communities of Brooklyn, creating a connected network for local energy ‒ also shows Read More

A Gas of Light Particles

04/22/2016

Liquid water is a very good heat storage medium – anyone with a Thermos bottle knows that. However, as soon as water boils or freezes, its storage capacity drops precipitously. Physicists at the University of Bonn have now observed very similar behavior in a gas of light particles. Source: Measuring the heat capacity of condensed Read More

Torquigener albomaculosus

04/19/2016

Scientists recently solved a 20-year-old mystery under the sea and discovered a new fish. Intricate ‘crop circles’ with geometric designs about six feet (2 meters) in diameter were found on the seafloor off the coast of Amami-Ōshima Island. They turn out to be the work of this new species of pufferfish. Males construct these circles Read More

Lighting The Brain: Karl Deisseroth and the optogenetics breakthrough.

05/22/2015

Deisseroth graduated from high school at sixteen and won a scholarship to Harvard, where he planned to major in creative writing. Instead, he ended up getting a degree in biochemistry, and was admitted, at the age of twenty, to Stanford’s combined M.D. and Ph.D. program. Motivated by a desire to better understand human nature, he Read More

Nanoscale Semiconductors Offer a New Approach to Artificial Photosynthesis

05/14/2015

This is the first working example of such a direct interface between bacteria and semiconducting materials for artificial photosynthesis, says Yang. He and his colleagues demonstrated that the system could make butanol, a polymer used in biodegradable plastics, and three pharmaceutical precursors. It could in principle be used to make many other products, including chemicals Read More

Capturing poetry

04/09/2014

What’s mathematics got to do with language? “To me, mathematics is a language. It’s a language that is well-equipped to describe patterns. It describes patters that can be relevant in the abstract domain of just the mathematics themselves, or it can be patterns that actually happen in the real world. And it’s those patterns—it’s that Read More