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Nanoscale optical switch breaks miniaturization barrier

An ultra fast and ultra small optical switch has been invented that could advance the day when photons replace electrons in the innards of consumer products ranging from cell phones to automobiles The new optical ... - Read More

Origin of life: Simulating how Earth kick-started metabolism

Researchers have developed a new approach to simulating the energetic processes that may have led to the emergence of cell metabolism on Earth a crucial biological function for all living organisms The research which is ... - Read More

Soft robotic fish moves like the real thing: New robotic fish can change direction almost as rapidly as a real fish

Soft robots which don't just have soft exteriors but are also powered by fluid flowing through flexible channels have become a sufficiently popular research topic that they now have their own journal Soft Robotics In ... - Read More

Better way to make unnatural amino acids devised

Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute TSRI have devised a greatly improved technique for making amino acids not found in nature These unnatural amino acids traditionally have been very difficult to synthesize but are sought ... - Read More

Turning raw natural gas into upgraded liquid alcohol fuel

America's current energy boom may take a new direction thanks to the discovery of a new way to turn raw natural gas into upgraded liquid alcohol fuel In the March 14 issue of Science magazine ... - Read More

Scientists build thinnest-possible LEDs to be stronger, more energy efficient

Most modern electronics from flat screen TVs and smartphones to wearable technologies and computer monitors use tiny light emitting diodes or LEDs These LEDs are based off of semiconductors that emit light with the movement ... - Read More

West Virginia spill activates engineers to determine effects of chemicals

Virginia Tech faculty engineers and students are unravelling fundamental chemical and health properties of the chemical that contaminated the drinking water for the residents of West Virginia Fueled by a $50 000 National Science Foundation ... - Read More

Biomolecular tweezers facilitate study of mechanical force effects on cells and proteins

A new type of biomolecular tweezers could help researchers study how mechanical forces affect the biochemical activity of cells and proteins The devices too small to see without a microscope use opposing magnetic and electrophoretic ... - Read More

Mapping behavior of charges in correlated spin-orbit coupled materials: Electronic disruption prods Mott insulator's conversion to metallic state

In a relatively recently discovered class of materials known as spin orbit Mott insulators theorists have predicted the emergence of new properties at points just beyond the insulating state when electronic manipulation can transform these ... - Read More

Two-dimensional material shows promise for optoelectronics: LEDs, photovoltaic cells, and light detectors

A team of MIT researchers has used a novel material that's just a few atoms thick to create devices that can harness or emit light This proof of concept could lead to ultrathin lightweight and ... - Read More

Turing's theory of chemical morphogenesis validated 60 years after his death

Alan Turing's accomplishments in computer science are well known but lesser known is his impact on biology and chemistry In his only paper on biology Turing proposed a theory of morphogenesis or how identical copies ... - Read More

BPA linked to breast cancer tumor growth

UT Arlington biochemists say their newly published study brings researchers a step closer to understanding how the commonly used synthetic compound bisphenol A or BPA may promote breast cancer growth Subhrangsu Mandal associate professor of ... - Read More

Offshore dispersant data and decisions

Dispersants are often used in oil spill responses because they may mitigate the environmental impacts of the spill by moving the oil from the water surface into the water column enhancing its biodegradation While this ... - Read More

Sun's energy influences 1,000 years of natural climate variability in North Atlantic

Changes in the sun's energy output may have led to marked natural climate change in Europe over the last 1000 years according to researchers at Cardiff University The study found that changes in the Sun's ... - Read More

First animals oxygenated the ocean

The evolution of the first animals may have oxygenated the earth's oceans contrary to the traditional view that a rise in oxygen triggered their development New research led by the University of Exeter contests the ... - Read More

7-Tesla MRI scanner allows even more accurate diagnosis of breast cancer

Taking part in a recent study scientists at the MedUni Vienna have demonstrated for the first time worldwide that 7 Tesla ultra high field magnetic resonance imaging MRI can be used for clinical applications in ... - Read More

New innovation could mean eye injections are a thing of the past

Drugs used to treat blindness causing disorders could be successfully administered by eye drops rather than unpleasant and expensive eye injections according to new research led by UCL scientists that could be a breakthrough for ... - Read More

Blue paint on Japanese bullet trains can inhibit bacterial growth

Using an artificial protein that contains metal researchers at Nagoya University were able to inhibit the growth of a pathogenic bacterium prevalent in hospitals which cause diseases to humans and has a high resistance to ... - Read More

Four new human-made ozone depleting gases found in the atmosphere

Scientists at the University of East Anglia have identified four new human made gases in the atmosphere all of which are contributing to the destruction of the ozone layer New research published today in the ... - Read More

Effective thermal insulation with wood foam

Insulation materials of tomorrow must be both efficient and environmentally friendly Fraunhofer scientists are developing insulation foam made from wood that could re place petrochemical plastics in the long term Climate protection is now a ... - Read More
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