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New Theory Suggests Magnets May Initiate ‘Wireless’ Cooling

July 28th, 2014

 A new theory describing the motion of tiny particles within magnets could mean the onset of effective, long-distance cooling. According to researchers at MIT, these quasi-particles, known as magnons, represent a collective rotation of electrons’…read more

Silica Additive Helps Solar Cells Cool Themselves

July 25th, 2014

Researchers at Stanford University in California may have overcome a major obstacle in the development of efficient, long-lasting solar cells with a silica additive designed to help the cells cool themselves.  Solar cells, which convert…read more

Scientists Explore the Pseudogap Phase of High-Temperature Superconductors

July 24th, 2014

Physicists at Binghamton University have identified an important feature of the pseudogap phase of copper-oxide high-temperature superconductors – a remarkable density wave state that may be a trait of all cuprates. The research, published this…read more

Conductive Crystal Structure Stops Heat Transfer

July 21st, 2014

European scientists have released new research on a perfect crystalline structure that breaks the rules of physics by stopping heat transfer instead of allowing it to travel through the material. This theoretical explanation of how…read more

Porous Materials May Boost Thermoelectric Devices

July 17th, 2014

Greek scientists have released a new study demonstrating how porous substances can act as effective thermoelectric materials, opening the door to the use of such materials in future devices. In recent years, researchers have been…read more

High-Pressure Torsion Method Could Yield More Efficient Thermoelectric Devices

July 14th, 2014

Scientists at Kyushu University in Japan have developed a novel way of reducing the thermoconductivity of crystalline silicon using high-pressure torsion that could result in a more efficient thermoelectric device. Thermoelectric energy devices, which rely…read more

Spin Waves Transport Heat in Insulating Materials

July 8th, 2014

An international team of researchers has designed a nanoscale cooling element that utilizes fundamental subatomic properties to transport heat in electrical insulators. The technology, which could help dissipate heat in future miniature computer chips, relies…read more

Nanofluid Research Examines Best Coolant Choice

July 7th, 2014

New research on nanoparticle-enhanced liquids could mean better methods of keeping high-performing electronic systems cooler. As consumers continue to demand better performance from their cell phones, laptops and tablets, more efficient thermal management methods are…read more

Superconducting Refrigerator Cools via Tunneling Cascade

June 26th, 2014

Researchers from Italy and France have proposed a new design for a superconducting refrigerator that uses a series of steps to more effectively cool objects down to temperatures near absolute zero. Conventional superconducting refrigerators rely…read more

New Magnetocaloric Material Could Lead to Greener Refrigerators

June 26th, 2014

The recent discovery of a new magnetocaloric material with intriguing characteristics could lead to a greener method of cooling, potentially providing a more environmentally-friendly alternative to standard refrigeration. A joint team of researchers from Canada…read more

Rugged Circuit Functions at Temperatures Greater than 350 Degrees Celsius

June 13th, 2014

Researchers at the University of Arkansas have developed integrated circuits capable of surviving at temperatures greater than 350 degrees Celsius, or approximately 660 degrees Fahrenheit. Created using silicon carbide, a semiconducting material that is more…read more

Neural Network Boosts Google Data Center Efficiency

June 9th, 2014

 In its quest for ever-greater energy efficiency, Google is now employing a new technique that adds a bit of artificial intelligence to its data centers: machine learning. The web giant is using what it calls…read more

Controlling Thermal Conductivity to Improve Energy Storage

June 4th, 2014

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have experimentally shown for the first time that the thermal conductivity of lithium cobalt oxide (LixCoO2), a material used in the cathodes of lithium-ion batteries, can be reversibly electrochemically…read more

New Thermal Interface Protocol Standard for 3D-ICs

May 27th, 2014

The Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) has announced the release of a new chip thermal interface protocol (CTIP) standard for three-dimensional integrated circuits (3D-IC) under the auspices of the Open3D Technical Advisory Board (TAB). The Open3D…read more