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Five materials science wonders to watch in 2015

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Advances in technology allow us new opportunities to better ourselves and the planet. 3-D printing, driverless cars, and new glass are among the topics inside this article.

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1. Energy is a physical quantity that follows precise natural laws.
2. Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow through the Earth system.
3. Biological processes depend on energy flow through the Earth system.
5. Energy decisions are influenced by economic, political, environmental, and social factors.
6. The amount of energy used by human society depends on many factors.
7. The quality of life of individuals and societies is affected by energy choices.
4. Various sources of energy are used to power human activities.

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3.6 Humans are part of Earth’s ecosystems and influence energy flow through these systems.

6.8 Amount of energy used can be calculated and monitored.

4.5 Humans generate electricity in multiple ways.

1.1 Energy is a quantity that is transferred from system to system.

7.6 Some populations are more vulnerable to impacts of energy choices than others.

5.1 Decisions concerning the use of energy resources are made at many levels.

5.4 Energy decisions are influenced by economic factors.

6.5 Social and technological innovation affects the amount of energy used by human society.

7.3 Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.

5.7 Energy decisions are influenced by social factors.

6.6 Behavior and design affect the amount of energy used by human society.

7.4 Increasing demand for and limited supplies of fossil fuels affects quality of life.

4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful for human endeavors

7.1 Economic security is impacted by energy choices.

4.6 Humans intentionally store energy for later use in a number of different ways.

6.3 Human demand for energy is increasing.

4.2 Humans use of energy is subject to limits and constraints.

5.5 Energy decisions are influenced by political factors.

6.4 Earth has limited energy resources.

3.5 Ecosystems are affected by changes in the availability of energy and matter.

5.2 Energy infrastructure has inertia.

6.7 Products and services carry with them embedded energy.

7.2 National security is impacted by energy choices.

2.7 The effects of changes in Earth’s energy system are often not immediately apparent.

4.7 Different sources of energy and different ways energy is transformed, transported, and stored.

5.3 Energy decisions can be made using a systems-based approach.

2.1 Earth constantly changes as energy flows through the system.

4.4 Humans transport energy from place to place.

2.4 Water plays a major role in the storage and transfer of energy in the Earth system.

5.6 Energy decisions are influenced by environmental factors.

7.5 Access to energy resources affects quality of life.