The next big step in computers: what can physics offer us?

By Juan Andrés Muniz and Su-Peng Yu Few scientific breakthroughs of the past century have had as big an impact as the development of electronics and computer related technology: starting with the gigantic prototype computers that occupied several rooms, and then becoming the modern mobile devices that can fit in our pockets. This boom resulted…

Implementing existing and new ideas toward sustainable building design

by Rotana Hay The building sector cannot be overlooked in any vision of a sustainable future. Buildings and infrastructure constitute the largest consumer of natural resources. During their life time, buildings also consume a tremendous amount of energy. The sector constitutes about 40% of total primary energy use and 30% of annual anthropogenic greenhouse gas…

From trash to treasure: Making electricity from waste heat

by Michael Gaultois Governments are clamouring to secure stable energy resources for the future. Much attention is focused on developing clean, sustainable, and renewable energy sources. However, the often invisible alternative is to be more efficient with the energy we already produce. This is not to say that we won’t need more energy, but rather that…