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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

ScienceDaily: Energy and Resources News

ScienceDaily: Energy and Resources News

One-atom-thin silicon transistors hold promise for super-fast computing

Posted: 03 Feb 2015 01:01 PM PST

Researchers have created the first transistors out of silicene, the world's thinnest silicon material. This new 'wonder material' could make computers and other electronics more efficient.

Potential for graphene and other 2D crystals in the energy sector

Posted: 03 Feb 2015 06:43 AM PST

Graphene has many potential applications, among them energy generation, conversion and storage. Graphene – a single layer of carbon atoms – and related two-dimensional crystals combine high electrical conductivity with physical flexibility and a huge surface to weight ratio. Such qualities make them suitable for storing electric charge in batteries and supercapacitors, and as catalysts in solar and fuel-cell electrodes.

A third industrial revolution for Norway

Posted: 03 Feb 2015 06:41 AM PST

Norway's wealth and prosperity over the last four decades has been built on oil, but a futurist and social and economic thinker, says it's time for the country to change. The Third Industrial Revolution is coming, and Norway needs to abandon fossil fuels and move towards a greener future that relies on renewable energy, shared transport and ultra-efficient housing, he says.

Singapore's first 3-D-printed concept car

Posted: 03 Feb 2015 06:41 AM PST

University students have built Singapore's first urban solar electric car with an innovative 3D-printed body shell that has 150 parts. Mounted on a carbon fibre single shell chassis, the NTU Venture (NV) 8 will race in the Urban Concept category at this year's Shell Eco-marathon Asia.

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