The Puzzle Of Quantum Reality

    But if quantum physics really applies at all scales, what’s the true answer to the measurement problem? What’s actually going on in the quantum world? Historically, the standard answer was to say that there is no measurement problem, because it’s meaningless to ask what’s going on when nobody’s looking.

    Kagome Metal: New Exotic Quantum Material Developed By Scientists

    Quantum mechanics is a fundamental theory that describes nature at the very smallest scales of atoms and subatomic particles. At such scales, objects display some very bizarre properties—for example, having the characteristics of a wave and a particle at the same time.

    Breakthrough To Wafer Scale Quantum Processors Using Silicon Isotope And Eventually Trillions Of Qubits

    “To progress towards a practical and useful quantum processor, it is now essential to scale up the qubit,” said Louis Hutin, a research engineer in CEA-Leti’s Silicon Components Division. “This development will have to address variability, reproducibility and electrostatic control quality for elementary quantum bricks, as is done routinely for standard microprocessors.”

    Scientists Separate Atoms With Smallest Sieve Ever

    Various processes in nuclear, medical and other research fields call for the separation of isotopes, a typically energy-intensive task. From the perspective of classical physics, hydrogen isotopes appear identical. But when their quantum nature is considered, their wave signatures are distinct.

    Lithium Metal Batteries Could Triple EV Ranges, And They’re Getting Closer

    Lithium is considered the best available battery anode material because it carries the highest theoretical capacity and lowest electrochemical potential of all known candidate elements. But the material has several drawbacks. Repeated charge and discharge cycles can cause microscopic structural changes that lead to internal short circuits, or merely to reduced battery life.

    New design produces true lithium-air battery 750 charge/discharge cycles

    A very wise friend of mine told me  As you have often noted, these better battery papers appear weekly. Then we never hear of them again because of an engineering problem, or a toxic/expensive ingredient. Lets hope this story pans out as they started from the ground...

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    The site has been experiencing constant denial of service and brute force attacks. We apologize for any downtime this may have caused. We are working hard to resolve the issue.....tracing the source and even switching hosts. We hope to have things stable shortly.  --...

    First Bitcoin Mining Ban in the US

    I have written about why bitcoin will be eventually doomed as it requires an ever increasing amount of energy to sustain its operations. Now people in communities are starting to wake up and miners are no longer to be given a free ride for cheap electricity....

    aqueous organic redox flow batteries

    Utah State University chemists' efforts to develop alternative battery technology solutions are advancing and recent findings are highlighted in a renowned, international chemistry journal. Aqueous organic redox flow batteries Tianbiao Liu, assistant professor in...

    Indians Produce Boron Nanosheets As Thin As Graphene

    Researchers across the world have been trying to make such boron cousins of graphene. The technique developed by the research team at IIT Gandhinagar is not only inexpensive and simple in design, but also results in an aqueous colloid of these nanosheets, which means that a drop of water from this colloid would contain thousands of nanosheets swimming like micro-carpets.

    Substance Used In Decades Of Chemistry Calculations Does Not Actually Exist

    The scientists attempted to find evidence for the existence of S2 in such water-based solutions—as predicted by accepted chemistry calculations—using an advanced piece of equipment known at UWA known as a Raman spectrometer. This incredibly sensitive instrument is designed to detect the bonds between chemicals.

    Record-Breaking Nuclear Fusion Has Been Achieved On A Mini Scale Using Laser-Heated Nanowires

    They fired laser pulses at tiny, invisible wires—known as nanowires—which instantly created hot and dense plasma—one of the four fundamental states of matter that does not occur freely on Earth. This plasma created a chain reaction of fusion events

    Turbocharging fuel cells with a multifunctional catalyst

    Note from mark: This could be a real game changer, making fuel cell technology  more viable. Batteries have raced ahead of fuel cell technology for energy storage in recent years but this could restore the balance or make a leap forward. Many automotive manufacturers...

    Research gets closer to revolutionary battery: Hydrogen-bromine flow battery

    Hi all I am in Taiwan today, spent a few days in China. Left my computer power cord in the Philippines lol. Can post more stories now. The following story grabbed my attention as the photo looked like the old HHO generators I once built and many others used. Advanced...

    Sewing Atomic Lattices Seamlessly Together – Scientists Have Revealed A Technique

    The atomic seams are so tight, in fact, that when they looked up close using scanning electron microscopes, they saw that the larger of the two materials puckers a little around the joint.

    8 percent or greater fuel efficiency gain

    For years we heard about gadgets and gizmos improving fuel efficiency.  Some were snake oil, others worked to varying degrees. This story grabbed my attention because of its simplicity and credibility. Engines -- Fueling innovation Gasoline-powered automobiles could...

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    Mastering the Energy Transition

    The natural gas network may serve as a buffer for weather-dependent electricity from the wind and sun. This requires economically efficient processes to use electricity for the production of chemical energy carriers. The EU project HELMETH coordinated by KIT has now...

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    Solar-to-hydrogen conversion

    Nanostructuring increases efficiency of metal-free photocatalysts by factor 11   Metal-free photocatalysts. One of the major challenges of the energy transition is to supply energy even when the sun is not shining. Hydrogen production by splitting water with the help...

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    Manganese Will Overtake Lithium And Cobalt Combined

    There’s nothing new about manganese. The metal has been used forever in steel production, where about 90% of all manganese supplies are consumed each year. The balance has been traditionally used in fertilizers and nutrition markets.  What is new is the demand shift as applications, like EV batteries’ draw on global supplies.

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    Toyota’s New Electric Motor Cuts Need For Costly (And Overwhelmingly China-Sourced) Rare-Earth Metal

    True to their name, permanent-magnet motors—such as those in the Prius Prime and most EVs and hybrids—incorporate magnets mounted directly on or within the rotor (the rotating component of the motor), while electric current is applied to the windings of the stator (the stationary portion of the motor). Magnets that produce the power needed for EVs are rare-earth magnets, a type that’s lighter and can produce a stronger field (and thus more torque) than old-style ferrite magnets.

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    Progress in supercapacitor technology

    Lithium-ion batteries could be under threat after the development of polymer materials by the Universities of Surrey and Bristol, along with Superdielectrics Ltd, that could challenge the dominance of these traditional batteries.   Energy densities of up to 180whr/kg...

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