When it gets hot, asphalt boosts city air pollution

Asphalt is a significant source of air pollutants in urban areas, especially on hot and sunny days, researchers report.

William Weir-Yale • futurity
Sept. 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: cities air-pollution heat featured earth-and-environment

Red bricks can store energy just like batteries

A new method can convert 65-cent red bricks from Home Depot into a supercapacitor that can store electricity, researchers report.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Aug. 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: energy heat batteries science-and-technology earth-and-environment

Solar energy converter creates power and heat for cheap

A new hybrid solar energy converter generates electricity and steam with high efficiency and low cost, researchers report.

Barri Bronston-Tulane • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: electricity heat science-and-technology earth-and-environment solar-energy

Team finds a way to fix 3D printing’s ‘weak spot’

Plastics are a popular 3D printing material, but mechanically weak. New technology overcomes the problem.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
May 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: heat 3d-printing nanotubes science-and-technology plastics

Cosmic impact obliterated early human settlement

"Such high temperatures would completely melt an automobile in less than a minute."

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
March 9, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space fossils heat temperature meteorites asteroids glass science-and-technology

Heat and pressure morph fossil fuel molecule into pure diamonds

With the right amount of pressure and surprisingly little heat, a substance found in fossil fuels can transform into pure diamonds.

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
Feb. 26, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: fossil-fuels heat science-and-technology pressure diamonds

Irrigation keeps things cool in extreme heat

"...while global warming increases the likelihood of hot extremes almost globally, in some regions, irrigation expansion cancels or even reverses this effect.”

ETH Zurich • futurity
Jan. 15, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: climate-change water heat southeast-asia earth-and-environment irrigation

‘Chameleon’ metal changes in response to heat

Like a chameleon changing color in response to its environment, researchers have found a way to use heat to change the surface structure of liquid metal.

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State • futurity
Jan. 13, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: heat polymers metals science-and-technology shape-memory-alloys smart-technology

Quantum weirdness rewrites rules about heat in empty space

Upending a basic tenet of classical physics, researchers have found that heat energy can travel through a vacuum thanks to invisible quantum fluctuations.

Kara Manke-UC Berkeley • futurity
Jan. 8, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: energy heat quantum-physics science-and-technology vacuum

Super thin heat shield lets your phone keep its cool

In extreme cases, the heat that phones and laptops give off can cause batteries to explode, but a heat shield just 10 atoms thick may cool things down.

Tom Abate-Stanford • futurity
Aug. 19, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: graphene electronics nanotechnology heat sound science-and-technology

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