ANIMATION Texas Advanced Computing Center’s Stampede2 supercomputer simulates 3D structure of vortex breakdown with combustion. Lightning struck a bourbon warehouse, setting fire to a cache of 800,000 gallons of liquor in the Bardstown countryside of Kentucky in 2003. Some of it spilled into a nearby creek, spawning a massive fire […]

Krebs cycle metabolites fall in energy-rich carbon feedstock. Credit: Issey Takahashi Scientists from Nagoya University have achieved a breakthrough in converting energy-deficient metabolites to a biorenewable resource thanks to a versatile catalyst. The imminent environmental crisis calls for an urgent transition to a green economy. A team of scientists at […]

David Fischer sits beside the experiment’s vacuum chamber (illuminated in blue), where the high temperature superconductor tapes will be mounted for proton irradiation and in situ transport current measurement. His laptop shows data obtained in such measurements — the basis for determining the critical current. Credit: Zoe Fisher MIT Energy Fellow […]

ANIMATIOIN Superconductivity is a phenomenon where an electric circuit loses its resistance and becomes extremely efficient under certain conditions. There are different ways in which this can happen which were thought to be incompatible. For the first time, researchers discover a bridge between two of these methods to achieve superconductivity. […]

Neighborly collaboration for catalysis. First, a number of nanoparticles of copper are isolated in a gas-filled nanotube. Researchers then use light to measure how they affect each other in the process by which oxygen and carbon monoxide become carbon dioxide. The long-term goal of the research is to find a […]

Organic solar cells are cheaper to produce and more flexible than their counterparts made of crystalline silicon, but do not offer the same level of efficiency or stability. A group of researchers led by Prof. Christoph Brabec, Director of the Institute of Materials for Electronics and Energy Technology (i-MEET) at […]

Illustration of a carboxysome and enzymes. Credit: Professor Luning Liu Researchers at the University of Liverpool have unlocked new possibilities for the future development of sustainable, clean bioenergy. The study, published in Nature Communications, shows how bacterial protein ‘cages’ can be reprogrammed as nanoscale bioreactors for hydrogen production. The carboxysome is […]

A new study coordinated by CU Boulder makes clear the extraordinary speed and scale of increases in energy use, economic productivity and global population that have pushed the Earth towards a new geological epoch, known as the Anthropocene. Distinct physical, chemical and biological changes to Earth’s rock layers began around […]

GETTY IMAGES “As Saudi Arabia is to oil, the UK is to wind” – that’s how Boris Johnson described the country’s potential to capitalise on renewable energy recently. For Scotland, it’s not the first time comparisons have been drawn with Saudi Arabia. Back when he was first minister, Alex Salmond said […]