This is the idea that RICAS 2020 will be helping to realise: surplus energy generated by wind turbines and solar cells is used to compress air, which is stored in caverns in solid bedrock. When air is compressed, it heats up, so a separate underground heat store stockpiles the heat generated by the compression process.

All smart electronics in products such as wrist-wearable computers are on a rigid board under the face of the watch. The roll-to-roll technique enables electronics to be printed on a plastic or elastomeric foil, which has various benefits such as thinness, lightness, elasticity and transparency. Credit: Antti Veijola VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has,

Emily S. Jungheim, MD, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, examines oocytes retrieved during an in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure. Jungheim treats patients at the university’s Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center. Credit: Washington University Women who pursue in vitro fertilization (IVF) to become pregnant are

This is the Kissimmee River in central Florida. This ecosystem-scale restoration project began two decades ago and is used as an example in the study. Credit: South Florida Water Management District “Resilience” is a buzzword often used in scientific literature to describe how animals, plants and landscapes can persist under climate change. It’s typically considered

A honeybee is covered in commercial pollen. Credit: Candler Hobbs, Georgia Tech With honeybee colony health wavering and researchers trying to find technological ways of pollinating plants in the future, a new Georgia Tech study has looked at how the insects do their job and manage to stay clean. According to the study, a honeybee

These are Cabeater seals on an ice floe in the Antarctic Peninsula area. Credit: Steven L. Chown The popular view that Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are in a much better environmental shape than the rest of the world has been brought into question in a study publishing on March 28 in the open access

Dr. Jordan Mallon stands in the Canadian Museum of Nature’s collections among replicas of skulls of dinosaurs previously studied for sexual dimorphism: Tyrannosaurus rex (large skull), Allosaurus fragilis (black skull), Protoceratops andrewsi and Stegoceras validum (in his hand). Credit: Dan Smythe © Canadian Museum of Nature A paleontologist at the Canadian Museum of Nature is

Researchers made this device with a bundt pan and marbles to capture dust. Credit: Chelsea Carey Dust from as far away as the Gobi Desert in Asia is providing more nutrients than previously thought for plants, including giant sequoias, in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, a team of scientists, including several from the University of California,

Teenagers should reduce exposure to light in the evenings, say researchers. Credit: © adam121 / Fotolia Delaying school start times in the UK is unlikely to reduce sleep deprivation in teenagers, research from the University of Surrey and Harvard Medical School has found. The research, conducted in collaboration between mathematicians and sleep scientists, predicts that

These are gold nanoparticles chemically guided inside the hot-spot of a larger gold bow-tie nanoantenna. Credit: E Cortes et al, 2017 Using sunlight to drive chemical reactions, such as artificial photosynthesis, could soon become much more efficient thanks to nanomaterials. This is the conclusion of a study published today led by researchers in the Department

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