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+ - Australian Solar Power Breaks Key Milestone: Subcritical Steam->

Submitted by retroworks
retroworks (652802) writes "Gizmag and report that a solar thermal test plant in Newcastle, Australia, has generated “supercritical” steam. According to the reports, CSIRO is claiming it as a world record, and a big step for solar thermal energy. Using a field of more than 600 directional mirrors (heliostats) directed at two towers housing solar receivers and turbines, the researchers generated steam at a pressure of 23.5 mpa (3,400 psi) and 570 C (1,058 F).

"It's like breaking the sound barrier; this step change proves solar has the potential to compete with the peak performance capabilities of fossil fuel sources," Dr Alex Wonhas, CSIRO’s Energy Director, told Colin Jeffrey for Gizmag. Supercritical steam is used to drive the world’s most advanced power plant turbines, but the articles claim it was previously only been possible by burning fossil fuels (or I'd presume nuclear fission)."

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+ - Harvard Researchers 3D Print a Self Assembling Lamp->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Harvard researchers were able to 3D print a lamp in one piece which self assembles. The only parts of the lamp which were not 3D printed were the LED light, and the Arduino board. The mechanical switches, wiring, and sensors were all 3D printed within a special polymer which shrinks when heated to assemble itself into a boxed shape lamp. More details:"
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