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Stretchable electronics report how you feel

June 16, 2011 8:29 am | News | Comments

Electronics that can be bent and stretched might sound like science fiction. But Uppsala researcher Zhigang Wu, working with collaborators, has devised a wireless sensor that can stand to be stretched.


MHI develops Japan's first easy-to-move energy storage system

June 16, 2011 8:27 am | News | Comments

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., (MHI), has developed Japan's first cargo container-type large-capacity energy storage system that uses a lithium-ion rechargeable battery. The system is capable of providing power of up to one megawatts (MW), and its mobility makes the system suitable for a wide range of applications, including emergency use.


The EPA improves access to information on chemicals

June 16, 2011 8:11 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making it easier to find data about chemicals. EPA is releasing two databases—the Toxicity Forecaster database (ToxCastDB) and a database of chemical exposure studies (ExpoCastDB)—that scientists and the public can use to access chemical toxicity and exposure data.


Neutrons, simulations reveal details of bioenergy barrier

June 16, 2011 6:21 am | News | Comments

A first of its kind combination of experiment and simulation at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is providing a close-up look at the molecule that complicates next-generation biofuels.


JBEI to partner with Russian Institute on biofuels research

June 16, 2011 6:07 am | News | Comments

As part of a joint action plan to enhance cooperation between the United States and Russia in the energy sphere, which was signed on June 9, 2011 by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu during an official visit to Russia, DOE's Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) will partner with Moscow's Kurchatov Institute to evaluate the potential of unique ceramic membrane separators as an economic means of recovering advanced biofuels. Under the plan, JBEI will...


X-ray telescope finds new voracious black holes in early universe

June 16, 2011 5:43 am | News | Comments

Using the deepest x-ray image ever taken, a Univ. of Michigan astronomer and her colleagues have found the first direct evidence that massive black holes were common in the early universe. This discovery from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory shows that very young black holes grew more aggressively than previously thought, in tandem with the growth of their host galaxies.


Chemist developing materials to detect, repel E. coli

June 16, 2011 5:30 am | News | Comments

Rigoberto “Gobet” Advincula, a polymer chemist, says he and his colleagues at the Univ. of Houston have developed two different materials that are both equally effective against E. coli. The first is a graphene material that shows promise as an antimicrobial, and the second is a conducting polymer that can repel the potentially deadly bacteria.


Researchers break light-matter coupling strength limit

June 16, 2011 4:54 am | News | Comments

New engineering research at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrates that polaritons have increased coupling strength when confined to nanoscale semiconductors. This represents a promising advance in the field of photonics: smaller and faster circuits that use light rather than electricity.


FDA opens dialogue on nanotech regulation

June 16, 2011 4:42 am | News | Comments

Federal regulators are now laying the groundwork for monitoring a new generation of medical devices, drugs, cosmetics, and other nanoscale products. This week the Food and Drug Administration formerly invited industry leaders to weigh in on possible regulations and restrictions for the rapidly emerging industry.


Neutrinos change flavors while crossing Japan

June 16, 2011 4:39 am | News | Comments

By shooting a beam of neutrinos through a small slice of the Earth under Japan, physicists say they've caught the particles changing their stripes in new ways. These observations may one day help explain why the universe is made of matter rather than anti-matter.


Study reveals signalling secrets across cell membranes in plants

June 15, 2011 1:08 pm | News | Comments

Transmembrane signaling in animal cells has been significantly more studied and observed than that in plant cells. But now, researchers have published new observations about transmembrane signaling in plants and have discovered that it is fundamentally different than the same functions in animals.


Bayer to increase appeal of polycarbonate with scratch-resistant films

June 15, 2011 12:20 pm | News | Comments

Because of its outstanding performance characteristics, polycarbonate resin is widely used to manufacture parts used in a myriad of industries. Now Bayer MaterialScience offering 2-D and 3-D solutions that offer greater scratch resistance for polycarbonate parts.


First self-powered nano-device to transmit wireless data

June 15, 2011 10:05 am | News | Comments

Researchers from Georgia Tech have just published a paper that describes the first self-powered nanoscale device that can transmit data wirelessly up to 30 feet. The device consists of a nanogenerator that produces electricity from mechanical vibration/triggering, a capacitor to store the energy, and electronics that include radio transmitter.


June 8, 2011 Grand Rounds Lecture

June 15, 2011 9:54 am | by NIH Clinical Center Radio Grand RoundsNIH Clinical Center Radio Grand Rounds | Podcasts | Comments

Contemporary Clinical Medicine. Great Teachers. Eighth Annual John Laws Decker Memorial Lecture. Childhood Growth. New Concepts, New Treatments. For transcripts of this and other NIH Clinical Center podcasts, visit

Energy can re-organize itself, even in equilibrium

June 15, 2011 8:09 am | News | Comments

Conventional wisdom suggests that when exposing a crystal to heat, the thermal energy within the crystal would spread uniformly across the lattice. However, physicists have found that unlike the surface of water which, when disturbed by a rock, spreads energy out in ripples, energy in a crystal can spontaneously localize in nonlinear modes. Now, researchers how found a more complicated phenomenon at higher temperatures.



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