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FEATURE ARTICLE ARCHIVE
Landmark DOE Hydropower Report Issued
June 2015

For the first time, industry and policymakers have a comprehensive report detailing the U.S. hydropower fleet’s 2,198 plants that provide about 7 percent of the nation’s electricity.

Turning An Environmental Scourge Into Useful Products
May 2015

Water-borne algal blooms from farm fertilizer runoff can destroy aquatic life and clog rivers and lakes, but scientists have reported that they are working on a way to clean up these environmental scourges and turn them into useful products.

Smaller Rotor Added To Wind Turbines Increases Efficiency
April 2015

Hui Hu picked up a 3-D printed model of a typical wind turbine and began explaining two problems with the big, tall, three-bladed machines.

Electric Vehicle Batteries Could Get Boost From New Paper-like Material
March 2015

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s (UC Riverside) Bourns College of Engineering have developed a novel paper-like material for lithium-ion batteries.

DiscoverE 2015 Engineers Week
February 2015

Founded in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), Engineers Week is among the oldest of America’s professional outreach efforts.

More Hispanics Earning Bachelor’s Degrees in Physical Sciences and Engineering
January 2015

A new report from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Statistical Research Center has found that the number of Hispanic students receiving bachelor’s degrees in the physical sciences and engineering has increased over the last decade or so…

Helping NASA With Future Mars Landings
December 2014

NASA successfully captured thermal images of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on its descent after it launched in September from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The data from these thermal images may provide critical engineering information for future missions to the surface of Mars.

Fighting the Spread of Ebola
November 2014

A quiet solution amidst the rising clamor for answers in the current Ebola crisis comes from a surprising corner of America’s federal laboratory system.

Domestic Wind Turbine Blade Manufacturing Becomes Cost Competitive
October 2014

Sandia National Laboratories is helping makers of wind turbine blades improve the labor productivity associated with blade fabrication and finishing. This improved productivity makes domestic blades more cost competitive with blades from countries that pay workers lower wages.

FAA Certifies Unmanned Aircraft Test Site As ‘Fully Operational’
September 2014

The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems test site program is fully operational and ready to conduct research vital to integrate unmanned aircraft into the nation’s airspace, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials recently announced.

Shocking Truth About Electric Fish Is Discovered
August 2014

Scientists have found how the electric fish evolved its jolt.

Natural Polymer Enables Biodegradable Plastics Production
July 2014

Wolfgang Glasser says he was hesitant at first when a start-up company asked him to be their chief scientific officer. But then the professor emeritus of sustainable biomaterials realized that cycleWood Solutions Inc. could possibly make his dream — biodegradable plastics from a plentiful natural resource — a reality.

Teleoperated Robotic Technology Developed For National Challenge
June 2014

University of Washington (UW) electrical engineers have developed telerobotics technology that could make disaster response faster and more efficient.

Unique Concrete Composite Extends Material Life Span
May 2014

To Scott Muzenski, the large crack that weather and wear had caused in the driveway of a parking structure at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) presented an opportunity to test his research.

Portable Fuel Cells Provide Green, Sustainable Power For Ports
April 2014

Clean hydrogen power that’s expected to lower emissions and reduce energy consumption will be coming to the Port of Honolulu in 2015 after the completion of a new fuel cell technology demonstration, one that could lead to a commercial technology for ports worldwide.


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