The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) report "Assessment of the Market for Compressed Air Efficiency," which examines the market for engineering and consulting services to improve the efficiency of compressed air systems, is available from the Office of Industrial Technology (www.oit.doe.gov). Some highlights from the study: More than half of industrial plant air systems have energy savings opportunities, and that the savings could range from 15 to 60% with investments that could pay for themselves in less than two years.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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