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Detecting gases wirelessly, cheaply

MIT chemists have devised a new way to wirelessly detect hazardous gases and environmental pollutants using a simple sensor that can be read by a smartphone These inexpensive sensors could be widely deployed making it ... - Read More

Sampling rivers for genes rather than organisms

Effective environmental management depends on a detailed knowledge of the distribution of species But taxonomists are in short supply and some species can be difficult to identify even for experts Eawag in collaboration with Canton ... - Read More

New model to predict the thermal performance of vegetal façades

After years of monitoring different experimental buildings a group of researchers from the School of Architecture of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid has developed a model that can estimate the thermal performance of vegetal façades regarding ... - Read More

Scientists measure speedy electrons in silicon

he entire semiconductor industry not to mention Silicon Valley is built on the propensity of electrons in silicon to get kicked out of their atomic shells and become free These mobile electrons are routed and ... - Read More

Solid-state proteins maximize intensity of fluorescent-protein-based lasers

The same research team that developed the first laser based on a living cell has shown that use of fluorescent proteins in a solid form rather than in solution greatly increases the intensity of light ... - Read More

Defects are perfect in laser-induced graphene

Researchers at Rice University have created flexible patterned sheets of multilayer graphene from a cheap polymer by burning it with a computer controlled laser The process works in air at room temperature and eliminates the ... - Read More

Theory details how 'hot' monomers affect thin-film formation

Like a baseball player sliding into third a hot monomer skids in a straight line along a cold surface until it's safely among its fellow molecules This is not what usually happens when scientists assemble ... - Read More

'Smart windows' have potential to keep heat out and save energy

Windows allow brilliant natural light to stream into homes and buildings Along with light comes heat that in warm weather we often counter with energy consuming air conditioning Now scientists are developing a new kind ... - Read More

New study measures methane emissions from natural gas production and offers insights into two large sources

A team of researchers from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and environmental testing firm URS reports that a small subset of natural gas wells are responsible for the ... - Read More

Physicists explain puzzling particle collisions

Composite subatomic structures created by powerful collisions of protons have fallen apart in unexpected ways within a detector in the Large Hadron Collider called LHCb The 'b' in the detector's name stands for beauty a ... - Read More

New technique could harvest more of the sun's energy

As solar panels become less expensive and capable of generating more power solar energy is becoming a more commercially viable alternative source of electricity However the photovoltaic cells now used to turn sunlight into electricity ... - Read More

Nanoscale resistors for quantum devices

The electrical characteristics of new thin film chromium oxide resistors that can be tuned by controlling the oxygen content detailed in the Journal of Applied Physics Researchers from the London Centre for Nanotechnology have made ... - Read More

Storing hydrogen underground could boost transportation, energy security

Large scale storage of low pressure gaseous hydrogen in salt caverns and other underground sites for transportation fuel and grid scale energy applications offers several advantages over above ground storage says a recent Sandia National ... - Read More

The gold standard: Affordable catalyst for energy and environmental applications

Precious elements such as platinum work well as catalysts in chemical reactions but require large amounts of metal and can be expensive However computational modeling below the nanoscale level may allow researchers to design more ... - Read More

World record for compact particle accelerator: Researchers ramp up energy of laser-plasma 'tabletop' accelerator

Using one of the most powerful lasers in the world researchers have accelerated subatomic particles to the highest energies ever recorded from a compact accelerator The team from the U S Department of Energy's Lawrence ... - Read More

Ultrafast complex molecular simulations by ‘cutting up molecules’

Scientists at ITbM Nagoya University and AIST have developed an ultrafast quantum chemical method which allows rapid and accurate simulations of complex molecular systems consisting of thousands of molecules Nagoya Japan Professor Stephan Irle and ... - Read More

Nanoparticle cluster manufacturing technique using DNA binding protein developed

Scientists in South Korea used the Zinc Finger protein to develop a new manufacturing technique for size controllable magnetic Nanoparticle Clusters Professor Hak Sung Kim of the Department of Biological Sciences at Korea Advanced Institute ... - Read More

Looking at El Niño's past to predict its future

The El Niño Southern Oscillation is Earth's main source of year to year climate variability but its response to global warming remains highly uncertain Scientists see a large amount of variability in the El Niño ... - Read More

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
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