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Taming neural excitations: Pulses might one day lead to controlling harmful signals such as those in strokes

A theoretical study of short and long range effects on neural excitation pulses might one day lead to controlling harmful signals such as those in strokes What do lasers neural networks and spreading epidemics have ... - Read More

Toward a low-cost 'artificial leaf' that produces clean hydrogen fuel

For years scientists have been pursuing artificial leaf technology a green approach to making hydrogen fuel that copies plants' ability to convert sunlight into a form of energy they can use Now one team reports ... - Read More

Geckos are sticky without effort: Death has no impact on strength geckos use to adhere to surfaces

Geckos found in places with warm climates have fascinated people for hundreds of years Scientists have been especially intrigued by these lizards and have studied a variety of features such as the adhesive toe pads ... - Read More

Chemists identify role of soil in pollution control

Scientists have long known that air pollution caused by cars and trucks solvent use and even plants is reduced when broken down by naturally occurring compounds that act like detergents of the atmosphere What has ... - Read More

On environment, Republicans closer to Independents than Tea Party

Environmentalists dispirited by the Republicans' dominance of the recent midterm elections can take heart non Tea Party Republicans' views on science and environmental issues are closer to those of Independents than to Tea Party supporters ... - Read More

Logging destabilizes forest soil carbon over time

Logging doesn't immediately jettison carbon stored in a forest's mineral soils into the atmosphere but triggers a gradual release that may contribute to climate change over decades a Dartmouth College study finds The results are ... - Read More

New material makes water and oil roll off

Car finish to which no dirt particles adhere house fronts from which graffiti paints roll off and shoes that remain clean on muddy paths the material fluoropore might make all this possible Both water and ... - Read More

Research confirms how global warming links to carbon emissions

Research has identified for the first time how global warming is related to the amount of carbon emitted A team of researchers from the universities of Southampton Bristol and Liverpool have derived the first theoretical ... - Read More

Saving energy with nanotechnology insulation

Mufit Akinc who has a series of patent plaques hanging high on his office wall knows all about the challenges of moving inventions out of the lab But he's determined to see one of his ... - Read More

Protons fuel graphene prospects

Published in the journal Nature the discovery could revolutionise fuel cells and other hydrogen based technologies as they require a barrier that only allow protons hydrogen atoms stripped off their electrons to pass through In ... - Read More

Scanning tunneling microscopy: Computer simulations sharpen insights into molecules

The resolution of scanning tunnelling microscopes can be improved dramatically by attaching small molecules or atoms to their tip The resulting images were the first to show the geometric structure of molecules and have generated ... - Read More

Heat-conducting plastic: 10 times better than conventional counterparts

The spaghetti like internal structure of most plastics makes it hard for them to cast away heat but a University of Michigan research team has made a plastic blend that does so 10 times better ... - Read More

New method to determine surface properties at the nanoscale

Engineering researchers at Texas Tech University have developed a method for characterizing the surface properties of materials at different temperatures at the nanoscale Knowing properties of materials at different temperatures is important in engineering said ... - Read More

Meteorology meets metrology: Climate research high up in the clouds

Barely has the research aircraft HALO entered the kilometre high clouds towering above the Brazilian rainforest than the researchers find themselves in a complete haze but they can rely on the measuring instruments that are ... - Read More

Inexpensive hydrolysable polymer developed

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign have figured out how to reverse the characteristics of a key bonding material polyurea providing an inexpensive alternative for a broad number of applications such as ... - Read More

Atmospheric carbon dioxide used for energy storage products

Chemists and engineers at Oregon State University have discovered a fascinating new way to take some of the atmospheric carbon dioxide that's causing the greenhouse effect and use it to make an advanced high value ... - Read More

Single-atom gold catalysts may offer path to low-cost production of fuel and chemicals

New catalysts designed and investigated by Tufts University School of Engineering researchers and collaborators from other university and national laboratories have the potential to greatly reduce processing costs in future fuels such as hydrogen The ... - Read More

Unravelling the complexity of proteins

Knowledge of the three dimensional structures of proteins is essential for understanding biological processes Structures help to explain molecular and biochemical functions visualize details of macromolecular interactions facilitate understanding of underlying biochemical mechanisms and define ... - Read More

Magnetic memory filmed in super slow motion

Researchers at DESY have used high speed photography to film one of the candidates for the magnetic data storage devices of the future in action The film was taken using an X ray microscope and ... - Read More

Physicists create new kind of pasta to explain mysterious, ring-shaped polymers

Two physicists from the University of Warwick have taken to the kitchen to explain the complexity surrounding what they say is one of the last big mysteries in polymer physics As a way of demonstrating ... - Read More
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