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Small-area Gas Purifiers

July 22, 2015 4:24 pm | by ARM Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ARM Inc. has released its new line of process and specialty gas purifiers, the Pro-Panel Series, for use in applications where trace gas impurities and/or particulate can cause false results or reduce yields. The Pro-Panel Series purifiers are sized for use in small areas such as analytical/medical/pharmaceutical laboratories, and small volume production of systems and components requiring low parts per billion (ppb) or better impurity levels.

Skin Thins in Space

July 22, 2015 1:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

A funny thing happens to skin in space, it gets thinner. German scientists are studying the effects of space on astronauts’ skin using high-resolution skin imaging tomography.


The light of fireflies for medical diagnostics

July 22, 2015 1:15 pm | by Nik Papageorgiou, EPFL | News | Comments

In biology and medicine, we often need to detect biological molecules. For example, in cancer diagnostics, doctors need quick and reliable ways of knowing if tumor cells are present in the patient's body. Although such detection methods exist, they often require a lot of time, work and money.


New battery technologies take on lithium-ion

July 22, 2015 12:15 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Lithium-ion batteries remain the technology-of-choice for today’s crop of electric cars, but challengers are revving up to try to upset the current order. An article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) takes a look at two of the top contenders vying to erode lithium-ion’s dominance.


Lunar Colony 90% Cheaper than Originally Thought

July 22, 2015 11:45 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The moon may be a weigh station to Mars. A NASA-funded study recently released by NexGen Space LLC found public-private partnerships may be a feasible way to return humans to the moon in a handful of years at a cost 90% less than the previously estimated $100 billion.


3-D model could solve supernova mystery

July 22, 2015 11:30 am | by Tom Oswald, Media Communications, Michigan State Univ. | News | Comments

Giant stars die a violent death. After a life of several million years, they collapse into themselves and then explode in what is known as a supernova. How these stars explode remains a mystery. However, recent work led by Michigan State Univ. may bring some answers to this astronomical question.


Researchers make scalable arrays of “building blocks” for ultra-thin electronics

July 22, 2015 11:15 am | by Dawn Levy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

Semiconductors, metals and insulators must be integrated to make the transistors that are the electronic building blocks of your smartphone, computer and other microchip-enabled devices. Today’s transistors are miniscule—a mere 10 nm wide—and formed from 3-D crystals.


Experimental Alzheimer's drug shows some benefit

July 22, 2015 10:05 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Eli Lilly & Co. is reporting that its experimental medication might slow mild Alzheimer's if people take it early enough, one of a handful of drugs in late-stage testing in the frustrating hunt for a better treatment. The new findings don't prove that Lilly's solanezumab really works; a larger study is underway that won't end until late 2016.


2015 R&D 100 Award Finalists

July 22, 2015 9:41 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

The editors of R&D Magazine have announced the finalists for the 2015 R&D 100 Awards. The 2015 R&D 100 Award Finalists are listed in this news item in alphabetical order by the name of the primary developer company and separated by category. The annual R&D 100 Awards banquet, where the winners will be announced, will be held on Nov. 13, 2015, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.


A Rapid Response to Protect Rhinos

July 22, 2015 8:46 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Since 1960s, the black rhinoceros population has fallen by 90%. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists black rhinos as “critically endangered.” Today, there are almost 5,000 black rhinos and over 20,000 white rhinos, according to the World Wild Life Fund for Nature. But poaching is a constant threat to the animals. In South Africa, 122 rhinos were killed in 2009, and in 2010 the number rose to 333.


Drawing a line between quantum and classical world

July 22, 2015 8:12 am | by Leonor Sierra, Univ. of Rochester | News | Comments

Quantum theory is one of the great achievements of 20th-century science, yet physicists have struggled to find a clear boundary between our everyday world and what Albert Einstein called the “spooky” features of the quantum world, including cats that could be both alive and dead, and photons that can communicate with each other across space instantaneously.


Simulations lead to design of near-frictionless material

July 22, 2015 8:08 am | by Jim Collins, Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

Argonne National Laboratory scientists used Mira to identify and improve a new mechanism for eliminating friction, which fed into the development of a hybrid material that exhibited superlubricity at the macroscale for the first time. Argonne Leadership Computing Facility researchers helped enable the groundbreaking simulations by overcoming a performance bottleneck that doubled the speed of the team's code.


Nanoparticles can clean up the environment

July 22, 2015 7:56 am | by Jonathan Mingle, MIT News correspondent | News | Comments

Many human-made pollutants in the environment resist degradation through natural processes, and disrupt hormonal and other systems in mammals and other animals. Removing these toxic materials with existing methods is often expensive and time-consuming. However, recent research demonstrates a novel method for using nanoparticles and ultraviolet light to quickly isolate and extract a variety of contaminants from soil and water.


Milliken & Company and Concrete Canvas’ Concrete Canvas: Forming a Concrete Layer

July 22, 2015 7:45 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

Every Wednesday, R&D Magazine will feature a R&D 100 Flashback, chosen from our R&D 100 archive of winners. This week’s flashback is Concrete Canvas and Milliken & Company’s Concrete Canvas, which won in 2012. Concrete has a familiar method of application: Build a mold for mixing, add cement and water and allow to set.


Going for Gold with Aurum

July 22, 2015 7:00 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

As the white curtain fell, onlookers received their first glimpse of Univ. of Michigan’s 13th solar vehicle, which will compete in this October’s Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Bright yellow and deep blue with a low body and a flat top, the car features an offset cockpit which resembles a submarine sail.



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