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Ice tubes in polar seas -- 'brinicles' or 'sea stalactites' -- provide clues to origin of life

sea, Ice
Life on Earth may have originated not in warm tropical seas but with weird tubes of ice sometimes called sea stalactites that grow downward into cold seawater near Earth's poles scientists are reporting Their article ... - Read More

Peel-and-stick solar cells

It may be possible soon to charge cell phones change the tint on windows or power small toys with peel and stick versions of solar cells thanks to a partnership between Stanford University and the ... - Read More

Research uses mirrors to make solar energy cost competitive

If the current national challenge to make solar energy cost competitive with other forms of energy by the end of this decade is met Ranga Pitchumani the John R Jones III Professor of Mechanical Engineering ... - Read More

Solar booster shot for natural gas power plants

Natural gas, Gas
Natural gas power plants can use about 20 percent less fuel when the sun is shining by injecting solar energy into natural gas with a new system being developed by the Department of Energy's Pacific ... - Read More

Surprising predictor of ecosystem chemistry

Ecosystem, Ecosystem
Carnegie scientists have found that the plant species making up an ecosystem are better predictors of ecosystem chemistry than environmental conditions such as terrain geology or altitude This is the first study using a new ... - Read More

Researchers engineer plant cell walls to boost sugar yields for biofuels

sugar
When blessed with a resource in overwhelming abundance it's generally a good idea to make valuable use of that resource Lignocellulosic biomass is the most abundant organic material on Earth For thousands of years it ... - Read More

Everything You Know About Osmosis Is (Probably) Wrong

Released 3 28 2013 2 30 PM EDTSource Newsroom Dick Jones Communications Mar 28 2013 Osmosis – the flow of a solvent across a semipermeable membrane from a region of lower to higher solute concentration ... - Read More

Imaging methodology reveals nano details not seen before: Understanding nanoparticles at atomic scale in 3-D could improve materials

Atomic, Nano
A team of scientists from the University of California Los Angeles UCLA and Northwestern University has produced 3 D images and videos of a tiny platinum nanoparticle at atomic resolution that reveal new details of ... - Read More

Open software platform to bring down energy costs

Energy, Energy, Energy, energy, energy
Energy is getting more and more expensive and experts are predicting record electricity and heating prices A software platform promises to lighten the load for households and businesses by making it easier for consumers to ... - Read More

Engineers show feasibility of superfast materials: 'Organic topological insulators' for quantum computing

Topological
University of Utah engineers demonstrated it is feasible to build the first organic materials that conduct electricity on their edges but act as an insulator inside These materials called organic topological insulators could shuttle information ... - Read More

Healthy seeds -- treated environmentally friendly

Unit
Farmers treat seeds chemically in order to rid them of pest infestation Now researchers have developed a method that kills pathogens without harming the environment Pioneering seed suppliers are already implementing the procedure commercially Share ... - Read More

A Material That Most Liquids Won't Wet

chemicals used in refrigerators and air conditioners In Tuteja's lab in a demonstration the surface repelled coffee soy sauce and vegetable oil as well as toxic hydrochloric and sulfuric acids that could burn skin Tuteja ... - Read More

More efficient way to make popular prescription medication

In a demonstration of the power of green chemistry scientists are reporting development of a new and more efficient process for making one of the most costly and widely used medications for severe mental illness ... - Read More
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