Power/Performance Bits: August 5

Popeye would be proud According to physicists at Purdue University, spinach holds the promise of being able to convert sunlight into a clean, efficient alternative fuel. The Purdue team is part of an international group using spinach to study the proteins involved in photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert the sun’s energy into carbohydrates used to power cellular processes. ... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: June 10

Cheaper, lighter solar cells Think those flat, glassy solar panels on your neighbor’s roof are the best solar technology has to offer? Not so. Engineers in the University of Toronto’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering have designed and tested a new class of solar-sensitive nanoparticle that they say outperforms the current state of the art. Based on a new form of solid... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: May 20

Visualizing complex electronic states While producing the first detailed visualization — down to the level of individual atoms — of exactly how a material called sodium manganese dioxide that has shown promise for use in electrodes in rechargeable batteries behaves during charging and discharging, a team of researchers led by MIT has explained an exotic molecular state that may help in und... » read more