Climate change could lead to blackouts in major U.S. cities in 10 years

Climate change could push Chicago to generate 12% more electricity per person monthly in the summer. If cities don't prep for that, blackouts will happen.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue
March 6, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change electricity global-warming public-utilities water

To get investors for farm energy projects, account for uncertainty

A new model could boost investment in anaerobic digesters, farm-based sustainable energy projects that generate electricity from manure.

Matt Shipman-NC State
Feb. 18, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture business electricity prediction sustainability

Standards would boost efficiency of LED lighting in greenhouses

LED lighting in greenhouses enhance plant growth but researchers say standards could make them even more effective.

Todd Bates-Rutgers
Jan. 9, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment crops electricity led light plants

‘Wearable AC’ could keep you cool without electricity

A new on-skin "wearable air conditioning" device could keep you cool while also monitoring blood pressure, heart activity, and skin hydration.

Eric Stann-Missouri
Jan. 6, 2020 | futurity

~2 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine science-and-technology electricity electronics sensors temperature wearable-devices

Flexible polymer could power future pacemakers non-stop

The polymer has many potential uses, including powering pacemakers without needing new batteries and keeping street lights on with energy from passing cars.

U. Melbourne
Dec. 27, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine science-and-technology electricity materials-science medical-devices nanotechnology polymers

‘Two-faced’ solar cells generate a lot more power

If solar panels could gather sunlight from two sides instead of one, they could generate up to 20% more power, a new formula shows.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue
Dec. 19, 2019 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment electricity renewable-energy sunlight sustainability

A tiny bend gives semiconductors a big boost

Bending organic semiconductors can seriously up the speed of the electricity flowing through them, which could pave the way for better electronics.

Todd Bates-Rutgers
Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology electricity electronics materials-science semiconductors

Air pollution from power plants is killing people

Air pollution from electricity generation led to 16,000 early deaths in the US in 2014, research finds. And there are disparities in impact by race and location.

Sarah McQuate-Washington
Nov. 21, 2019 | futurity

~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured health-and-medicine coal death electricity fossil-fuels pollution race-and-ethnicity united-states

Cooper pairs reveal a new state of matter

Cooper pairs, electron duos that enable superconductivity, can also conduct electricity as normal metals do, researchers report.

Kevin Stacey-Brown
Nov. 20, 2019 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology electricity electrons higgs-boson matter physics superconductors

Now we know how some bacteria ‘eat’ electricity to survive

Scientists have been curious about how bacteria that survive on electricity actually make the process happen. Now we know.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL
Nov. 8, 2019 | futurity

~2 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology bacteria electricity electrons

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