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Living desert underground: In perpetual darkness of limestone cave, surprisingly diverse ecosystem of microbes

Ecosystem, Ecosystem
Hidden underneath the hilly grasslands studded with ocotillos and mesquite trees in southeastern Arizona lies a world shrouded in perpetual darkness Kartchner Caverns a limestone cave system renowned for its untouched cave formations sculpted over ... - Read More

Companies could make the switch to wood power

Heat, Fuel
Some companies could economically convert their operations to wood boilers for heat and power according to a team of forestry researchers The conversion to wood powered burners would make the most sense for larger commercial ... - Read More

Face to face with Sweden's social robot

Applications
Human interaction with robots is about to get a little more personal Meet Furhat the face of tomorrow's interactive technology An increasingly important and sometimes frustrating part of daily life is dealing with so called ... - Read More

Microplastics make marine worms sick

marine, Marine
Tiny bits of plastic trash could spell big trouble for marine life starting with the worms say a team of researchers from Plymouth University and the University of Exeter who report their evidence in a ... - Read More

'Nanosponge vaccine' fights MRSA toxins

Toxins, Toxins
Nanosponges that soak up a dangerous pore forming toxin produced by MRSA methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus could serve as a safe and effective vaccine against this toxin This nanosponge vaccine enabled the immune systems of ... - Read More

New light shed on solar water-splitting process

Light, Light
With the help of a new method called dual electrode photoelectrochemistry University of Oregon scientists have provided new insight into how solar water splitting cells work An important and overlooked parameter they report is the ... - Read More

How losing information can benefit quantum computing

Quantum, Quantum
Suggesting that quantum computers might benefit from losing some data physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST have entangled linked the quantum properties of two ions by leaking judiciously chosen information to ... - Read More

Flashes of brilliance: Roots of superfluorescent bursts from quantum wells discovered

Quantum, Quantum
Spontaneous bursts of light from a solid block illuminate the unusual way interacting quantum particles behave when they are driven far from equilibrium The discovery by Rice University scientists of a way to trigger these ... - Read More

Ultra-sensitive force sensing with levitating nanoparticle

Nanoparticle, Nanoparticle
A recent study led by researchers of the Institute of Photonic Sciences ICFO achieved the highest force sensitivity ever observed with a nano mechanical resonator The scientific results of this study have been published in ... - Read More

Breakthrough for biofuel production from tiny marine algae

marine, algae, Marine, algae
Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have developed a method for greatly enhancing biofuel production in tiny marine algae As reported in this week's online edition of the Proceedings of the ... - Read More

Technique developed to convert thermoelectric material into high performance electricity

Material, Material
A team of Clemson University physicists consisting of nanomaterial scientists Apparao Rao and Ramakrishna Podila and thermoelectricians Terry Tritt Jian He and Pooja Puneet worked synergistically through the newly established Clemson Nanomaterials Center to develop ... - Read More

Amber provides new insights into the evolution of Earth's atmosphere: Low oxygen levels for dinosaurs

Oxygen
An international team of researchers led by Ralf Tappert University of Innsbruck reconstructed the composition of Earth's atmosphere of the last 220 million years by analyzing modern and fossil plant resins The results suggest that ... - Read More

Refined materials provide booster shot for solar energy conversion

If you want to get the most out of the sun you have to improve the performance of the materials used An interdisciplinary team of Engineering at Illinois researchers has set its sights on improving ... - Read More

SlipChip counts molecules with chemistry and a cell phone

molecules
In developing nations rural areas and even one's own home limited access to expensive equipment and trained medical professionals can impede the diagnosis and treatment of disease Many qualitative tests that provide a simple yes ... - Read More

Could next new cancer drug come from Kentucky coal mines?

cancer, Coal
n their ongoing quest to develop the latest and most effective drugs for disease treatment researchers in the University of Kentucky's Center for Pharmaceutical Research and Innovation CPRI are looking deep as in deep underground ... - Read More

New antenna spreads good vibrations in fusion plasma

Plasma, Fusion
If you want to catch a firefly any old glass jar will do But when you're trying to bottle a star the goal of fusion energy research the bottle needs to be very special A ... - Read More

Dye absorption structure of dye-sensitized solar cells elucidated on molecular level: Success in dye absorption structure control

NIMS researchers elucidated the relationship between the photocurrent and the peculiar changes in the absorption structure occurring in the vicinity of the molecular electrode interface in dye sensitized solar cells The Organic Inorganic Hybrid Photovoltaics ... - Read More

Improving detection of radioactive material in nuclear waste water

As the Fukushima crisis continues to remind the world of the potential dangers of nuclear disposal and unforeseen accidents scientists are reporting progress toward a new way to detect the radioactive materials uranium and plutonium ... - Read More

Lignin-feasting microbe holds promise for biofuels

Anaerobic
Nature designed lignin the tough woody polymer in the walls of plant cells to bind and protect the cellulose sugars that plants use for energy For this reason lignin is a major challenge for those ... - Read More

Structure of bacterial nanowire protein hints at secrets of conduction

Structure, Structure
Tiny electrical wires protrude from some bacteria and contribute to rock and dirt formation Researchers studying the protein that makes up one such wire have determined the protein's structure The finding is important to such ... - Read More
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