Researchers produce superfluorescence, turning theory into fact

Rice University - Nanotechnology Research

 A team of researchers from the Rice University in Houston, Texas, have made an unintentional breakthrough that could have major implications on the world of physics. Tim Noe, a graduate student of physics, witnessed a phenomenon that has, until this point, been considered nothing more than theory. Noe experienced proof that solid-state materials are capable of producing an effect called superfluorescence. Together with other researchers, Noe is now exploring how this can be used and what it may for the world of energy. Superfluorescence is a quantum optic phenomenon which…

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New fuel cell uses bacteria, wastewater and salt water to form a self-sustaining fuel system

Hydrogen Research

Researchers from the Pennsylvania State University have found a way to produce hydrogen from wastewater without having to rely on grid electricity. The discovery revolves around salt water and accounts for an “inexhaustible” source of hydrogen fuel, according to researchers. Using a microbial fuel cell packed with a certain kind of bacteria, researchers have been able to produce hydrogen through electrolysis using nothing more than wastewater and salt water. The process is entirely carbon-neutral, making it one of the cleanest forms of energy production known to man. Microbial fuel cells…

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