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Solar excitement

October 2, 2015 1:00 pm | by MIT Dept. of Chemistry | News | Comments

Organic photovoltaic material offers great promise for solar energy. The semiconducting plastic is lightweight, flexible, relatively inexpensive and easy to make. The problem is that, unlike inorganic photovoltaic material, it is not very efficient or stable. But work by Adam Willard, an assistant professor in the Dept. of Chemistry at MIT, has the potential to change that.


Fingerprints: Keys to Ancestry?

October 2, 2015 12:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The whorls and ridges unique to your fingerprint may reveal more than just identity. Research from North Carolina State Univ. indicates these unique stamps may give clues to your ancestral background.


Research says fusion reactors could become “economically viable”

October 2, 2015 12:00 pm | by Leighton Kitson, Durham Univ. | News | Comments

Fusion reactors could become an economically viable means of generating electricity within a few decades, and policy makers should start planning to build them as a replacement for conventional nuclear power stations, according to new research.


How to Prevent BSC Contamination and Protect Valuable Cell Cultures

October 2, 2015 11:31 am | by Marc Dunn, Global Technical Applications Specialist – Clean Air, Thermo Fisher Scientific | Thermo Fisher Scientific | Articles | Comments

When working with valuable cell cultures, contaminating microorganisms, especially mycoplasma species, can be detrimental to the accuracy of resulting data, while introducing a potential hazard to laboratory personnel. Fortunately, the biological safety cabinet (BSC) provides a ventilated sterile work environment in which to safely handle biological samples, protecting both the cultures and users from hazardous particles.


Simulating path of “magma mush” inside an active volcano

October 2, 2015 11:00 am | by Hannah Hickey, Univ. of Washington | Videos | Comments

Months of warning signs from Mauna Loa, on Hawaii’s Big Island, prompted the U.S. Geological Survey to recently start releasing weekly updates on activity at the world’s largest active volcano. For now, such warning signs can only rely on external clues, like earthquakes and gas emissions. But a Univ. of Washington simulation has managed to demonstrate what’s happening deep inside the volcano.


Snake’s Genome Has Design for Limbs

October 2, 2015 10:18 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Earlier this year, researchers David M. Martill, Helmut Tischlinger and Nicholas R. Longrich published a paper on a four-legged snake fossil dating from the early Cretaceous period. Found in Brazil’s Crato Formation, Tetrapodophis’ skeleton displayed the sinuous body found in modern day snakes, but small hinged limbs jutted from its sides.


A step toward clothing that guards against chemical warfare agents

October 2, 2015 10:00 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Recent reports of chemical weapons attacks in the Middle East underscore the urgent need for new ways to guard against their toxic effects. Toward that end, scientists report in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces a new hydrogel coating that neutralizes both mustard gas and nerve agent VX. It could someday be applied to materials such as clothing and paint.


Fractals aid efforts to understand heat transport at nanoscale

October 2, 2015 8:11 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers for the first time have applied a modern theory of heat transport in experiments with semiconductors used in computers and lasers, with implications for the design of devices that convert waste heat into electricity and the control of overheating in miniaturized and high–speed electronic components.


Printable electronics thanks to contactless liquid deposition

October 2, 2015 8:04 am | by Jochem Vreeman, Univ. of Twente | News | Comments

Scientists of research institute MESA+ of Twente Univ. have developed a technology for contactless deposition of liquids at nanoscale. In doing so, they make use of an electric field. Their technology will lead to new 3-D applications and can be of great value to, for example, cell research, nanolithography and printable electronics.


Holography helps to better understand clouds

October 2, 2015 7:55 am | by Allison Mills, Michigan Technological Univ. | Videos | Comments

Watching the clouds go by, swirls of white puff up and melt away. The changes mirror mixing within the clouds as drier air mingles with water-saturated air. New research led by Michigan Technological Univ. with support from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz Univ., analyzes this mixing with holographic imaging and an airborne laboratory.


New polymer creates safer fuels

October 2, 2015 7:47 am | by Jessica Stoller-Conrad, Caltech | Videos | Comments

Before embarking on a transcontinental journey, jet airplanes fill up with tens of thousands of gallons of fuel. In the event of a crash, such large quantities of fuel increase the severity of an explosion upon impact. Researchers at Caltech and JPL have discovered a polymeric fuel additive that can reduce the intensity of post-impact explosions that occur during accidents and terrorist acts.


A necklace of fractional vortices

October 2, 2015 7:39 am | by Chalmers Univ. of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers at Chalmers Univ. of Technology have arrived at how what is known as time-reversal symmetry can break in one class of superconducting material. The results have been published in Nature Physics.


NMR Heating Blocks

October 2, 2015 6:13 am | by Asynt | Product Releases | Comments

Asynt has developed DrySyn NMR Heating Blocks to enable safe, effective and uniform heating of up to 10 NMR tubes on a conventional hotplate stirrer. This new DrySyn unit allows users to use standard NMR tubes as a reaction vessel for applications including catalyst screening experiments and reaction monitoring as well as studying broad peaks, temperature dependent solubility issues and conformational changes.

Mummies in Ancient Britain?

October 1, 2015 7:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Like the ancient Egyptians, Bronze Age Britons practiced their own form of mummification. And it may have been a wide-spread funerary practice, according to new research from the Univ. of Sheffield, Univ. of Manchester and Univ. College London.


EPA sets new ozone standard, disappointing all sides

October 1, 2015 6:01 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration on Thursday established stricter limits on the smog-causing pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness, drawing swift condemnation from business leaders and Republicans who warned of damage to the economy.



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