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New technique could improve detection of concealed nuclear materials

19-Apr-2016

Researchers have demonstrated proof of concept for a novel low-energy nuclear reaction imaging technique designed to detect the presence of "special nuclear materials" -- weapons-grade uranium and plutonium -- in cargo containers arriving at U.S. ports. The method relies on a combination of ...

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Trap and neutralize: A new way to clean contaminated groundwater

15-Apr-2016

A team of researchers from Washington University in St. Louis have helped discover a new chemical method to immobilize uranium in contaminated groundwater, which could lead to more precise and successful water remediation efforts at former nuclear sites. Researchers in the lab of Daniel Giammar, ...

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Optical approach offers faster and less expensive method for carbon dating

New highly sensitive spectroscopy method could offer on-site carbon dating and greenhouse gas measurements

08-Apr-2016

Researchers from Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (INO), within Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Italy have demonstrated a new compact spectroscopic instrument that offers a highly sensitive optical method for detecting radiocarbon dioxide concentration, which can be used to carbon date ...

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Sniffing out a dangerous vapor

31-Mar-2016

Alkane fuel is a key ingredient in combustible material such as gasoline, airplane fuel, oil -- even a homemade bomb. Yet it's difficult to detect and there are no portable scanners available that can sniff out the odorless and colorless vapor. But University of Utah engineers have developed a ...

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Green tea and iron, bad combination

10-Mar-2016

Green tea is touted for its many health benefits as a powerful antioxidant, but experiments in a laboratory mouse model of inflammatory bowel disease suggest that consuming green tea along with dietary iron may actually lessen green tea's benefits. "If you drink green tea after an iron-rich meal, ...

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3-D micro X-ray images help answer questions about fried foods' internal structure

29-Feb-2016

What happens to food and its microstructure when it is fried is a complicated process, both scientifically and mathematically speaking. While consumers want a product that is crispy and tasty, food scientists seek to get a closer glimpse into what exactly is going on inside the food during frying ...

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LANXESS completes capacity expansion for high-performance plastics in the USA

Investment of around USD 15 million

11-Jan-2016

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has started up a second production line for high-performance plastics compounding at its facility in Gastonia, North Carolina, as planned. The new line represents an investment of about USD 15 million and doubles the site’s production capacity from 20,000 to ...

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FIU scientists discover how arsenic builds up in plant seeds

24-Dec-2015

Researchers from FIU's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Barry P. Rosen and Jian Chen, both from the Department of Cellular Biology and Pharmacology, are part of an international team that has identified how arsenic gets into the seeds of plants such as rice. The discovery holds the promise of ...

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High-energy X-rays give industry affordable way to optimize cast iron

09-Dec-2015

Cast iron can be modified through the manufacturing process to optimize its mechanical and physical properties, such as strength and durability. But the manufacturing process is as much art as science, producing good results yet not capturing cast iron's full potential. Controversy still exists ...

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Microscopy captures real-time view of evolving fuel cell catalysts

23-Nov-2015

Atomic-level imaging of catalysts by scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory could help manufacturers lower the cost and improve the performance of emission-free fuel cell technologies. Fuel cells rely on costly platinum catalysts to enable the reactions that ...

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