Tag: energy

Researchers Test Distributed Computing As Defense against Cyberattacks on Power Grids

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Imagine a cyberattack that does serious damage to the U.S. power grid. The results wouldn’t be pretty. The power grid is complicated, divided up into sections that cover everything from a single municipal area (like New York City) to large regions (like the entire state of California). But each of those sections is controlled by

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Why a New Catalyst for Hydrogen Production May Be a Big Deal

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

A research team led by Linyou Cao at NC State has shown that a one-atom thick film of molybdenum sulfide (MoS2  ) may work as an effective catalyst for creating hydrogen. Hydrogen holds great promise as an energy source, but the production of hydrogen from water electrolysis – freeing hydrogen from water with electricity –

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The Housing Bomb: 5 Questions with Nils Peterson

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 | Tags: , ,

Are we building our way to ruin? That’s the premise of a provocatively titled new book released this month: The Housing Bomb: Why Our Addiction to Houses Is Destroying the Environment and Threatening Our Society. Lead author Dr. Nils Peterson, associate professor of fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology at NC State, focuses his research on

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How Computer Models Help Keep the Lights On In Kenya

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 | Tags: , , , ,

In Kenya, water is power. Literally. And to keep the lights on, Kenyan authorities want to know how much water they can expect in upcoming rainy seasons. That’s where computer models come in. Fifty-eight percent of Kenya’s power supply stems from the country’s hydropower system in the Tana River basin. That system will shut down

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Is This Mouse a Pirate?

Monday, July 1st, 2013 | Tags: , , , ,

Did a field researcher somehow capture a pirate mouse? No! This raffish rodent is part of a study that is evaluating how harvesting plants for use in biofuels is affecting ecosystems. The photographer, NC State Ph.D. student Sarah Fritts, took the photo – and explains what we’re looking at. “Renewable energy likely will become the

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