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  • Balancing nuclear and renewable energy April 25, 2018
    Researchers explore the benefits of adjusting the output of nuclear power plants according to the changing supply of renewable energy such as wind and solar power.
  • Engineers get a grip on slippery surfactants April 25, 2018
    A group's innovative surfactant theory removes limitations of a 100-year-old model for interfacial behavior in enhanced oil recovery.
  • By 2040, artificial intelligence could upend nuclear stability April 24, 2018
    A new paper finds that artificial intelligence has the potential to upend the foundations of nuclear deterrence by the year 2040. While AI-controlled doomsday machines are considered unlikely, the hazards of artificial intelligence for nuclear security lie instead in its potential to encourage humans to take potentially apocalyptic risks, according to the paper.
  • Scientists create innovative new 'green' concrete using graphene April 23, 2018
    A new greener, stronger and more durable concrete that is made using the wonder-material graphene could revolutionise the construction industry.
  • Squeezing more power out of solar cells April 19, 2018
    Physicists have published new research that could literally squeeze more power out of solar cells by physically deforming each of the crystals in the semiconductors used by photovoltaic cells.
  • Electrochemical tuning of single layer materials relies on defects April 19, 2018
    Perfection is not everything, according to an international team of researchers whose 2-D materials study shows that defects can enhance a material's physical, electrochemical, magnetic, energy and catalytic properties.
  • Spider silk key to new bone-fixing composite April 19, 2018
    Researchers have created a biodegradable composite made of silk fibers that can be used to repair broken load-bearing bones without the complications sometimes presented by other materials.
  • Researchers achieve HD video streaming at 10,000 times lower power April 19, 2018
    Engineers have developed a new HD video streaming method that doesn't need to be plugged in. Their prototype skips power-hungry components and has something else, like a smartphone, process the video instead.
  • For nuclear weapons reduction, a way to verify without revealing April 19, 2018
    Researchers have found a new way of verifying nuclear weapons reduction agreements without revealing secret information, using a physical cryptographic key and nuclear resonant phenomena.
  • En route to the optical nuclear clock April 18, 2018
    Researchers have performed the first-ever optical measurements of some important properties of the low-energy state of the Th-229 nucleus. In this way, a laser excitation of the atomic nucleus can be monitored, thus allowing an optical nuclear clock to be realized that 'ticks' more precisely than present-day atomic clocks.