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Basic rules for construction with a type of origami

Origami is capable of turning a simple sheet of paper into a pretty paper crane but the principles behind the paper folding art can also be applied to making a microfluidic device for a blood ... - Read More

Nanoshaping method points to future manufacturing technology

A new method that creates large area patterns of three dimensional nanoshapes from metal sheets represents a potential manufacturing system to inexpensively mass produce innovations such as plasmonic metamaterials for advanced technologies The metamaterials have ... - Read More

Abandoned wells can be 'super-emitters' of greenhouse gas

Princeton University researchers have uncovered a previously unknown and possibly substantial source of the greenhouse gas methane to Earth's atmosphere After testing a sample of abandoned oil and natural gas wells in northwestern Pennsylvania the ... - Read More

Organic electronics could lead to cheap, wearable medical sensors

Future fitness trackers could soon add blood oxygen levels to the list of vital signs measured with new technology developed by engineers at UC Berkeley There are various pulse oximeters already on the market that ... - Read More

Defects are perfect in laser-induced graphene

Researchers at Rice University have created flexible patterned sheets of multilayer graphene from a cheap polymer by burning it with a computer controlled laser The process works in air at room temperature and eliminates the ... - Read More

'Smart windows' have potential to keep heat out and save energy

Windows allow brilliant natural light to stream into homes and buildings Along with light comes heat that in warm weather we often counter with energy consuming air conditioning Now scientists are developing a new kind ... - Read More

New study measures methane emissions from natural gas production and offers insights into two large sources

A team of researchers from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and environmental testing firm URS reports that a small subset of natural gas wells are responsible for the ... - Read More

New way to plug 'leaky' light cavities demonstrated

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have demonstrated a new and more efficient way to trap light using a phenomenon called bound states in the continuum BIC that was first proposed in the ... - Read More

Storing hydrogen underground could boost transportation, energy security

Large scale storage of low pressure gaseous hydrogen in salt caverns and other underground sites for transportation fuel and grid scale energy applications offers several advantages over above ground storage says a recent Sandia National ... - Read More

The gold standard: Affordable catalyst for energy and environmental applications

Precious elements such as platinum work well as catalysts in chemical reactions but require large amounts of metal and can be expensive However computational modeling below the nanoscale level may allow researchers to design more ... - Read More

Commonalities in how different glassy materials fail

Glass is mysterious It is a broad class of materials that extends well beyond the everyday window pane but one thing that these disparate glasses seem to have in common is that they have nothing ... - Read More

Engineer applies robot control theory to improve prosthetic legs

A University of Texas at Dallas professor applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer's environment and help amputees walk In research available online and in an upcoming print ... - Read More

Bioplastic: Greener than ever

Polylactic acid is a degradable plastic used mostly for packaging To meet the rising demand ETH researchers have developed an eco friendly process to make large amounts of lactic acid from glycerol a waste by ... - Read More

A molecular thread: Flexible metal–organic frameworks with a range of pore sizes are made by threading through molecular ligands

The ability to 'thread' a molecular ligand through a metal organic framework MOF to alter the pore size of the material and yet allow the MOF to retain its crystallinity and principal structural features has ... - Read More

Upsetting the stability of super-small gold clusters generates multifaceted nanocrystals with potent catalytic properties

A*STAR researchers have devised a way to destabilize gold nanoclusters so that they form tiny atomic nuclei that then grow together into perfectly proportioned 12 sided dodecahedron crystals These unique polyhedra have energy rich surfaces ... - Read More

More Hispanics earning bachelor’s degrees in physical sciences and engineering

A new report from the American Institute of Physics AIP Statistical Research Center has found that the number of Hispanic students receiving bachelor's degrees in the physical sciences and engineering has increased over the last ... - Read More

Laser sniffs out toxic gases from afar: System can ID chemicals in atmosphere from a kilometer away

Scientists have developed a way to sniff out tiny amounts of toxic gases a whiff of nerve gas for example or a hint of a chemical spill from up to one kilometer away The new ... - Read More

Research could improve nuclear power plant safety, and stop your kettle furring up

Taking inspiration from nature researchers have created a versatile model to predict how stalagmite like structures form in nuclear processing plants as well as how lime scale builds up in kettles It's a wonderful example ... - Read More

Wireless brain sensor could unchain neuroscience from cables

Neuroscience research has been constrained by the cables required to connect brain sensors to computers for analysis In the journal Neuron scientists in a collaboration led by Brown University describe a wireless brain sensing system ... - Read More

Smart anti-icing system for rotor blades

In very cold climate zones the wind can blow with tremendous force But wind turbines have rarely been built in these regions up to now The risk of ice formation on the rotor blades is ... - Read More
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