Fundamental advances in rechargeable battery technology disclosed by Wildcat Discovery Technologies could result in battery performance improvements of 25% to 65% or more in electric cars, portable electronics, military, medical devices, and other demanding applications.
Self-oscillating gels are materials that continuously change back and forth between different states without provocation from external stimuli. These changes are caused by the Belousov-Zhabotinsky chemical reaction. Without stirring or other outside influence, wave patterns from this chemical reaction can develop within the material or cause the entire gel itself to pulsate. A team has been studying exactly how adjusting the size and shape of these gels can affect their behavior.
Minute whiskers of nanoscale dimensions taken from sea creatures could hold the key to creating working human muscle tissue, Univ. of Manchester researchers have discovered.
Scientists with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have designed a new composite material for hydrogen storage consisting of nanoparticles of magnesium metal sprinkled through a matrix of polymethyl methacrylate. This pliable nanocomposite absorbs and releases hydrogen at modest temperatures without oxidizing the metal after cycling—a breakthrough in materials design for hydrogen storage, batteries, and fuel cells.
Scientists from Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook Univ., and collaborators have demonstrated the efficacy of a “wearable,” portable PET scanner they’ve developed for rats. The device will give neuroscientists a new tool for simultaneously studying brain function and behavior in fully awake, moving animals.
JM Science has announced their Systech Hydrocarbon Trap for reducing hydrocarbon to trace levels for mass spectroscopy applications.
Carl Zeiss announced that it will be exhibiting a range of high performance optical and electron microscopy products at the Pittcon Conference and Expo 2011.
A team of Battelle researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has discovered a method that could dramatically cut the amount of heat needed during processing of natural gas extracted from the nation's coal beds. The process could expand recoverable natural gas by granting the ability to tap “sour” reserves.
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As the tsunami waves reach coastlines in Hawaii and the U.S., Japan collects itself after being hit with one of the largest magnitude earthquakes in recorded history. The magnitude-8.9 "megathrust" quake is similar to what happened during the 2004 Sumatra quake.
New research by engineers at North Carolina State Univ. show that you had a better chance of scoring that particular game-winning bucket with a bank shot than with a direct shot.
Scientists working in the remotest part of Antarctica have discovered that liquid water locked deep under the continent’s coat of ice regularly thaws and refreezes to the bottom, creating as much as half the thickness of the ice in places, and actively modifying its structure.
Northwestern Univ. researchers have developed a new switching device that takes quantum communication to a new level. The device is a practical step toward creating a network that takes advantage of the mysterious world of quantum mechanics.
Converting large swaths of farmland to perennial grasses for biofuels could lower regional surface temperatures, according to a recent Stanford study.