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Clusters of aluminum metal atoms become superconductive at surprisingly high temperatures

A superconductor that works at room temperature was long thought impossible but scientists at USC may have discovered a family of materials that could make it reality A team led by Vitaly Kresin professor of ... - Read More

New technology could make treatment of oil and gas wastewater simpler, cheaper

Oil and gas operations in the United States produce about 21 billion barrels of wastewater per year The saltiness of the water and the organic contaminants it contains have traditionally made treatment difficult and expensive ... - Read More

Bacteria in marine sponges harvest phosphorus for reef community

Did you ever wonder why the water is so clear around coral reefs Scientists have known for years that sponges can filter water and gather nutrients from the ocean making it appear crystal clear For ... - Read More

Renewable energy obtained from wastewater

Researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona have devised an efficient way to obtain electrical energy and hydrogen by using a wastewater treatment process The proposed system published in Water Research uses bacteria which consumes ... - Read More

Crude oil production: Asphaltene analysis takes a giant step

Rice University researchers have developed an easy and accurate technique to detect and quantify the amount of asphaltene precipitated from crude oils which bedevils the oil industry by clogging wells and flow lines Asphaltene is ... - Read More

Using 'fuzzy logic' to optimize hybrid solar/battery systems

How did fuzzy logic help a group of researchers in Tunisia and Algeria create an ideal photovoltaic system that obeys the supply and demand principle and its delicate balance In the Journal of Renewable & ... - Read More

Novel pretreatment could cut biofuel costs by 30 percent or more

Researchers at the University of California Riverside have invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing the amount of enzymes needed ... - Read More

Recycling of nutrients may be the key to saving Earth

Leakages of nutrients necessary for food production especially nitrogen and phosphorus cause severe eutrophication to the Earth's aquatic ecosystems and promote climate change However this threat also hides an opportunity An enhancement of the nutrient ... - Read More

Stretch and relax: Losing one electron switches magnetism on in dichromium

Scientists have used the unique Nanocluster Trap experimental station at the BESSY II synchrotron radiation source at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin and published their results in the Journal Angewandte Chemie The electronic structure and bonding of ... - Read More

Simulating superconducting materials with ultracold atoms

Using ultracold atoms as a stand in for electrons a Rice University based team of physicists has simulated superconducting materials and made headway on a problem that's vexed physicists for nearly three decades The research ... - Read More

Fever alarm armband: A wearable, printable, temperature sensor

University of Tokyo researchers have developed a fever alarm armband a flexible self powered wearable device that sounds an alarm in case of high body temperature This armband will be presented at the 2015 IEEE ... - Read More

Availabililty of rare metals for manufacturing: Are we (in)dependent of rare metals?

Numerous metallic elements are regarded as critical on one hand they play an ever more important role in so called future technologies and on the other there is a high risk of supply bottlenecks Small ... - Read More

Getting a grip on exotic atomic nuclei

A new model describing atomic nuclei proposed by a physicist from the University of Warsaw Faculty of Physics more accurately predicts the properties of various exotic isotopes that are created in supernova explosions or inside ... - Read More

Draft report analyzes policy options for hydraulic fracturing in Michigan

University of Michigan researchers today released a detailed draft analysis of policy options for hydraulic fracturing the natural gas and oil extraction process commonly known as fracking The draft final report of the U M ... - Read More

System to turn wastewater into fresh water developed

A Missouri University of Science and Technology professor has shown that improving wastewater treatment and saving energy are not only essential but they're also compatible Dr Jianmin Wang professor of civil architectural and environmental engineering ... - Read More

Shape-shifting nanorod ensembles release heat differently

Researchers at the U S Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have revealed previously unobserved behaviors that show how details of the transfer of heat at the nanoscale causes nanoparticles to change shape in ensembles ... - Read More

Cheap solar cells made from shrimp shells

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London QMUL have successfully created electricity generating solar cells with chemicals found the shells of shrimps and other crustaceans for the first time The materials chitin and chitosan found ... - Read More

Direct observation of bond formations

A collaboration between researchers from KEK the Institute for Basic Science IBS the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology KAIST RIKEN and the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute JASRI used the SACLA X ray ... - Read More

New technique for making graphene competitor, molybdenum disulfide

Graphene a single atom thick lattice of carbon atoms is often touted as a replacement for silicon in electronic devices due to its extremely high conductivity and unbeatable thinness But graphene is not the only ... - Read More

New paper-like material could boost electric vehicle batteries

Researchers at the University of California Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have developed a novel paper like material for lithium ion batteries It has the potential to boost by several times the specific energy or ... - Read More
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