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Greenhouse gases linked to African rainfall

Scientists may have solved a long standing enigma known as the African Humid Period an intense increase in cumulative rainfall in parts of Africa that began after a long dry spell following the end of ... - 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

New research paves the way for nano-movies of biomolecules

An international team including scientists from Arizona State University the University of Milwaukee Madison UMW and Germany's Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron DESY have caught a light sensitive biomolecule at work using an X ray laser Their ... - Read More

Light propagation in solar cells made visible

How can light which has been captured in a solar cell be examined in experiments Jülich scientists have succeeded in looking directly at light propagation within a solar cell by using a trick The photovoltaics ... - 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

Ultrasound cuts costs in producing aluminium alloys

Scientists at Brunel University London have confirmed that treating molten metal with ultrasound is a cleaner greener and more efficient route to produce high quality castings Molten aluminium alloys at 700 °C naturally contain a ... - 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

Buckyballs enhance carbon capture

Rice University scientists have discovered an environmentally friendly carbon capture method that could be equally adept at drawing carbon dioxide emissions from industrial flue gases and natural gas wells The Rice lab of chemist Andrew ... - Read More

New research paves the way for nano-movies of biomolecules; Scientists use X-ray laser as ultra slow-motion camera

An international team including scientists from DESY has caught a light sensitive biomolecule at work with an X ray laser The study demonstrates that X ray lasers can capture the fast dynamics of biomolecules in ... - 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

Low-grade waste heat regenerates ammonia battery

An efficient method to harvest low grade waste heat as electricity may be possible using reversible ammonia batteries according to Penn State engineers The use of waste heat for power production would allow additional electricity ... - 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

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

High-tech mirror beams heat away from buildings into space

Stanford engineers have invented a revolutionary coating material that can help cool buildings even on sunny days by radiating heat away from the buildings and sending it directly into space A new ultrathin multilayered material ... - 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

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

Chemists fabricate novel rewritable paper

First developed in China in about the year A D 150 paper has many uses the most common being for writing and printing upon Indeed the development and spread of civilization owes much to paper's ... - 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
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