California is the first state to adopt efficiency standards for computers and monitors, the state's energy commission announced this week. The commission approved regulations that limit the amount of energy computers and small servers can use when they are idling, asleep or turned off. The regulations for monitors will also limit the amount of energy the apparatus uses when it is turned on. "It's common sense that electronic equipment ought to consume a minimal amount of energy when it is not being used," energy commissioner Andrew McAllister said in a statement. The commission estimates computers and monitors in the state use more than 5,600 gigawatts-hours of electricity.
A new proposal from the Donald Trump administration would cut the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by 24 percent and eliminate 38 of its programs, including the Energy Star program, according to a report from E&E News. The energy industry wire service received a leaked copy of the preliminary budget proposal on Monday. Included in the budget is a plan to slash Energy Star, a program that helps businesses and consumers save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices, and all related programs. The proposal would leave $5 million "for the closeout or transfer of all the climate protection voluntary partnership programs," according to a source who read the document. The draft budget reportedly suggests the EPA "should begin developing legislative options and associated groundwork for transferring ownership and implementation of Energy Star to a non-governmental entity."
The researchers used crystals called gallium selenide as semiconductors and shone short laser pulses into them. These pulses move electrons into one higher energy level to the next. When the electrons move back from the higher energy levels, they emit even shorter pulses. These extremely short pulses can be used to quickly read and write information to electrons, but to be able to do that, you need to be able to control the pulses. The team found that changing the orientation of the crystals allowed them to control where the electrons go and how they move.
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