sCO2 Turbomachinery Developed for Concentrated Solar Power Plant

Concentrated Solar Power Plant

Southwest Research Institute worked with government and commercial collaborators to successfully develop and demonstrate full-scale turbomachinery for one of the world’s first supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) power systems for a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant. The technology combines sCO2 power cycles with integrated thermal energy storage. The project was supported by the U.S. Department of … Read more

Tasmanian Devils Have Just Broken the Laws of Scavenging

Tasmanian Devil Mouth Open

They are the only known scavengers in the world to have picky diets. If there’s one thing that scavengers do, it’s scavenge: feed on whatever is available, whenever it’s available. Scavengers around the world share this trait, from wolverines across the Northern Hemisphere to spotted hyenas in sub-Saharan Africa. But a new study led by … Read more

New Materials Synthesized for Extremely High-Efficiency Perovskite Solar Cells

Record-Breaking Perovskite Mini-Module

The materials developed at KTU were tested in the laboratories of Lausanne Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Switzerland. Credit: KTU A group of chemists from Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania synthesized materials that were used for constructing a record-breaking perovskite solar module, with an efficiency of 21.4 percent. This was achieved through the … Read more

Ironing Out the Interiors of Super-Earth Exoplanets

Super Earth Cross Section

An artist’s conception of the cross section of a super-Earth with the NIF target chamber superimposed over the mantle, looking into the core. Credit: Image by John Jett/LLNL The discovery of more than 4,500 extra-solar planets has created a need for modeling their interior structure and dynamics. As it turns out, iron plays a key … Read more

The Obesity Paradox and Circadian Rhythms in Heart Failure

Heart Cardiology Concept

Disrupting circadian rhythms, which change naturally on a 24-hour cycle, has been implicated in heart disease, but it is unclear how it leads to the condition. A research team at Baylor College of Medicine and collaborating institutions investigated the function of the protein Rev-erbα/β, a key component of the circadian clock, on heart disease development in animal … Read more

Protecting Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations From Cyberattacks

Illustration Fast Charging Battery Technology

As the number of electric cars on the road grows, so does the need for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and the Internet-based managing systems within those stations. However, these managing systems face their own issues: cybersecurity attacks. Elias Bou-Harb, director of the UTSA Cyber Center for Security and Analytics, and his colleagues—Claud Fachkha of … Read more

Serial Break-Ups and Years Lived Alone Strongly Linked to Inflammation in Men

Relationship Break Up

Findings most likely indicate heightened risk of ill health and death, suggest researchers. Living alone for several years and/or experiencing serial relationship break-ups are strongly linked to raised levels of inflammatory markers in the blood–but only in men–finds a large population study published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Although the inflammation … Read more