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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

Even graphene has weak spots

Materials, materials
Graphene the single atom thick form of carbon has become famous for its extraordinary strength But less than perfect sheets of the material show unexpected weakness according to researchers at Rice University in Houston and ... - Read More

Materials: Magnetic mystery solved

Highly porous materials known as metal organic frameworks MOFs are showing promise as catalysts and drug delivery vehicles Some scientific sleuthing by A*STAR researchers could now help industry to exploit the magnetic properties of MOFs ... - Read More

Trees used to create recyclable, efficient solar cell

cell, cell
Solar cells are just like leaves capturing the sunlight and turning it into energy It's fitting that they can now be made partially from trees Share This See Also Solar Energy Petroleum Materials Science Energy ... - Read More

Laser empties atoms from the inside out

An international team of plasma physicists has used one of the world's most powerful lasers to create highly unusual plasma composed of hollow atoms Share This See Also Physics Optics Quantum Physics Chemistry Thermodynamics Nuclear ... - Read More

Multi-purpose wonder can generate hydrogen, produce clean water and even provide energy

Water, Water, Water
A new wonder material can generate hydrogen produce clean water and even create energy Share This See Also Alternative Fuels Nature of Water Batteries Fuel Cells Nuclear Energy Energy Technology Metallurgy Metal Titanium Liquid nitrogen ... - Read More

New method may sharpen microscopic images

UT Dallas researchers are developing a new low light imaging method that could improve a number of scientific applications including the microscopic imaging of single molecules in cancer research Share This See Also Optics Medical ... - Read More

Sustainable Development Goals must sustain people and planet, experts say

In the wake of last week's meetings at the UN on the definition of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs a group of international scientists have published a call in the journal Nature today arguing for ... - Read More

Highly effective communities of bacteria in the world's deepest oceanic trench

An international research team announces the first scientific results from one of the most inaccessible places on Earth the bottom of the Mariana Trench located nearly 11 kilometers below sea level in the western Pacific ... - Read More

Intense terahertz pulses cause DNA damage but also induce DNA repair

Terahertz THz radiation a slice of the electromagnetic spectrum that occupies the middle ground between microwaves and infrared light is rapidly finding important uses in medical diagnostics security and scientific research As scientists and engineers ... - Read More

'Metasurfaces' to usher in new optical technologies

Optical, Optical
New optical technologies using metasurfaces capable of the ultra efficient control of light are nearing commercialization with potential applications including advanced solar cells computers telecommunications sensors and microscopes Share This See Also Optics Materials Science ... - Read More

New sensor developed for methylated DNA

Collaborators from Mayo Illinois Alliance for Technology Based Healthcare have developed a new single molecule test for detecting methylated DNA Methylation the addition of a methyl group of molecules to a DNA strand is one ... - Read More

High-resolution endoscope as thin as a human hair

Light, Light
Engineers at Stanford have developed a prototype single fiber endoscope that improves the resolution of these much sought after instruments fourfold over existing designs The advance could lead to an era of needle thin minimally ... - Read More

Device may lead to quicker, more efficient diagnostics

Diagnostics
A twist on thin film technology may provide a way to optically detect and analyze multiple substances simultaneously leading to quicker diagnostics in such industries as health care and homeland security according to Penn State ... - Read More

Designing interlocking building blocks to create complex tissues

Complex, Building
Researchers at Columbia Engineering have developed a new plug and play method to assemble complex cell microenvironments that is a scalable highly precise way to fabricate tissues with any spatial organization or interest such as ... - Read More

Are tropical forests resilient to global warming?

Tropical forests are less likely to lose biomass plants and plant material in response to greenhouse gas emissions over the twenty first century than may previously have been thought suggests a study published online this ... - Read More

Researchers develop AFM-IR for nanometer scale chemical identification

IR, Nanometer
For more than 20 years researchers have been using atomic force microscopy AFM to measure and characterize materials at the nanometer scale However AFM based measurements of chemistry and chemical properties of materials were generally ... - Read More

Protein analysis: Understanding flexibility and how different parts move

Cristian Micheletti a scientist of the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste SISSA has published in Physics of Life Reviews a review on an innovative instrument for protein analysis Share This See Also Cell ... - Read More

Human-made material pushes the bounds of superconductivity

A multi university team of researchers has artificially engineered a unique multilayer material that could lead to breakthroughs in both superconductivity research and in real world applications Share This See Also Materials Science Civil Engineering ... - Read More

Volcanic aerosols, not pollutants, tamped down recent Earth warming

Pollutants
A team led by the University of Colorado Boulder looking for clues about why Earth did not warm as much as scientists expected between 2000 and 2010 now thinks the culprits are hiding in plain ... - Read More
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