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    Air Force Plans to Test Gunship Laser Next Year, Top Commando Says

    Original @ Defensetech The head of Air Force Special Operations Command said the service plans to test an experimental type of laser destined for a gunship next year…. [...]

    Opinion: A ‘cleanish’ energy target gets us nowhere

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories It seems that the one certainty about any clean energy target set by the present government is that it will not drive sufficient progress towards a clean, affordable, reliable energy future. At best, it will provide a safety net to ensure that some cle… [...]

    Seaweed-fueled cars? Maybe one day, with help of new tech

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Cars and trucks might one day run on biofuel made from seaweed with the help of two technologies being developed at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. [...]

    Possible explanation for the galaxy’s cosmic radiation

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Cassiopeia A is a famous supernova remnant, the product of a gigantic explosion of a massive star about 350 years ago. Although discovered in radio observations 50 years ago, we now know that its emitted radiation spans from radio through high-energy g… [...]

    Researchers’ work pushes battery tech forward

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories University of Central Florida Assistant Professor Yang Yang’s research group has developed two promising energy storage technologies in its work with sustainable energy systems. [...]

    Self-healing catalysts make it easier to store solar energy with water

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories (Phys.org)—Currently one of the most efficient ways to store solar energy is to transfer the energy to catalysts that split water into hydrogen and oxygen. Then the hydrogen can either be used as a fuel or later recombined with oxygen to produce water and release electricity when needed. [...]

    The Engine announces investments in first group of startups

    Original @ MIT News – Aeronautical and astronautical engineering New venture launched by MIT will support “tough-tech” companies at work on transformative ideas that take time to commercialize. [...]

    V745 Sco: Two stars, three dimensions, and oodles of energy

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories For decades, astronomers have known about irregular outbursts from the double star system V745 Sco, which is located about 25,000 light years from Earth. Astronomers were caught by surprise when previous outbursts from this system were seen in 1937 and… [...]

    Solar-to-fuel system recycles CO2 to make ethanol and ethylene

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into fuels and alcohols at efficiencies far greater than plants. The achievement marks a … [...]

    Enzyme’s worth to biofuels shown in latest research

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories An enzyme discovered at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) proves adept at breaking down cellulose fibers regardless of whether their crystalline structure is simple or highly complex. No other enzyme has … [...]