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The origin of life: Labyrinths as crucibles of life

Water filled micropores in hot rock may have acted as the nurseries in which life on Earth began A team at Ludwig Maximilians Universitaet LMU in Munich has now shown that temperature gradients in pore ... - Read More

Spiky 'Hedgehog Particles' for Safer Paints, Fewer VOC Emissions

A new process that can sprout microscopic spikes on nearly any type of particle may lead to more environmentally friendly paints and a variety of other innovations Made by a team of University of Michigan ... - Read More

Nanoshuttle wear and tear: It’s the mileage, not the age

As nanomachine design rapidly advances researchers are moving from wondering if the nanomachine works to how long it will work This is an especially important question as there are so many potential applications for instance ... - Read More

Researchers identify materials to improve biofuel, petroleum processing

Using one of the largest supercomputers in the world a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has identified potential materials that could improve the production of ethanol and petroleum products The discovery ... - Read More

Using less fish to test chemicals safety

The JRC has released a new strategy on how to replace reduce and refine the use of fish in testing of chemicals' effect on flora and fauna in water aquatic toxicity and chemicals' uptake and ... - Read More

Scientists search for new ways to deal with U. S. uranium ore processing legacy

Researchers at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are trying to find out why uranium persists in groundwater at former uranium ore processing sites despite remediation of contaminated surface materials two decades ago ... - Read More

Path to artificial photosynthesis? Manganese catalyst's electronic states characterized

Scientists at the Helmholtz Center for Materials and Energy HZB in collaboration with the School of Chemistry and ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science at Monash University Australia have precisely characterized a manganese catalyst's ... - Read More

Scientists set quantum speed limit

University of California Berkeley scientists have proved a fundamental relationship between energy and time that sets a quantum speed limit on processes ranging from quantum computing and tunneling to optical switching The energy time uncertainty ... - Read More

Sequestration on shaky ground: Natural impediment to long-term sequestration of carbon dioxide

Carbon sequestration promises to address greenhouse gas emissions by capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and injecting it deep below the Earth's surface where it would permanently solidify into rock The U S Environmental Protection ... - Read More

Watching protein crystal nucleation in real time

A major hurdle in structural biology and pharmacology is growing crystals to determine the structure of the biomolecules and pharmaceuticals under study Researchers at the University of Tübingen working with colleagues from Oxford and Grenoble ... - Read More

Drugs from dirt: Scientists develop first global roadmap for drug discovery

Rockefeller University scientists have analysed soils from beaches forests and deserts on five continents and discovered the best places in the world to mine untapped antibiotic and anticancer drugs The findings published in the open ... - Read More

Hierarchically-porous polymers with fast absorption

Researchers at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology KAIST has developed a method to form micropores of less than 2 nanometers within porous polymers Professor Myungeun Seo and his research team from the Graduate ... - Read More

New composite protects from corrosion from high mechanical stress

A new composite material prevents metal corrosion in an environmentally friendly way even under extreme conditions It can be used wherever metals are exposed to severe weather conditions aggressive gases salt heavy wear or high ... - Read More

Shining a light on quantum dots measurement

Due to their nanoscale dimensions and sensitivity to light quantum dots are being used for a number of bioimaging applications including in vivo imaging of tumor cells detection of biomolecules and measurement of pH changes ... - Read More

Team enlarges brain samples, making them easier to image

Beginning with the invention of the first microscope in the late 1500s scientists have been trying to peer into preserved cells and tissues with ever greater magnification The latest generation of so called super resolution ... - Read More

Live imaging captures how blood stem cells take root in the body

A see through zebrafish and enhanced imaging provide the first direct glimpse of how blood stem cells take root in the body to generate blood Reporting online in the journal Cell today researchers in Boston ... - Read More

Peat fire emissions may shed light on climate change

Wildfires which send hot flames and smoke high into the air create black carbon emissions associated with climate change and risk to human health Carbon emissions from wildfires in the contiguous U S are expected ... - Read More

Sensors could give machines more accurate sense of smell than that of humans

Scientists have come up with a way of creating sensors which could allow machines to smell more accurately humans Every odour has its own specific pattern which our noses are able to identify Using a ... - Read More

New 'triggered-release' mechanism could improve drug delivery

More efficient medical treatments could be developed thanks to a new method for triggering the rearrangement of chemical particles The new method developed at the University of Warwick uses two 'parent' nanoparticles that are designed ... - Read More

Chemical analysis of ancient rocks reveals earliest record yet of Earth's atmosphere: Isotopic memory of atmospheric persistence

Chemical analysis of some of the world's oldest rocks by an international team led by McGill University researchers has provided the earliest record yet of Earth's atmosphere The results show that the air 4 billion ... - Read More
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