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Electron spin brings order to high entropy alloys

24-Apr-2015

Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered that electron spin brings a previously unknown degree of order to the high entropy alloy nickel iron chromium cobalt (NiFeCrCo) - and may play a role in giving the alloy its desirable properties."High entropy alloys have garnered a ...

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Practical approach for assessing the melanin and blood content of the skin

24-Apr-2015

Many factors can change skin pigmentation, including aging, exposure to UV light, certain drugs, as well as certain diseases. A simple technique for measuring skin pigmentation could be a helpful tool for research and diagnostics. The same goes for measuring the skin blood content. Alteration of ...

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New tabletop detector 'sees' single electrons

Magnet-based setup may help detect the elusive mass of neutrinos

23-Apr-2015

MIT physicists have developed a new tabletop particle detector that is able to identify single electrons in a radioactive gas.As the gas decays and gives off electrons, the detector uses a magnet to trap them in a magnetic bottle. A radio antenna then picks up very weak signals emitted by the ...

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Getting better all the time: JILA strontium atomic clock sets new records

23-Apr-2015

In another advance at the far frontiers of timekeeping by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers, the latest modification of a record-setting strontium atomic clock has achieved precision and stability levels that now mean the clock would neither gain nor lose one ...

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Chemists create modular system for placing proteins on membranes

22-Apr-2015

With a tag, an anchor and a cage that can be unlocked with light, chemists have devised a simple, modular system that can locate proteins at the membrane of a cell."If you're trying to emulate the way nature does this, you need a lot of complex machinery," said Andrew Rudd, a graduate student in ...

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Beyond the lithium ion - a significant step toward a better performing battery

21-Apr-2015

The race is on around the world as scientists strive to develop a new generation of batteries that can perform beyond the limits of the current lithium-ion based battery. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a significant step toward the development of a battery that ...

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Major advance in artificial photosynthesis poses win/win for the environment

Berkeley Lab researchers perform solar-powered green chemistry with captured CO2

20-Apr-2015

A potentially game-changing breakthrough in artificial photosynthesis has been achieved with the development of a system that can capture carbon dioxide emissions before they are vented into the atmosphere and then, powered by solar energy, convert that carbon dioxide into valuable chemical ...

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Scientists develop mesh that captures oil - but lets water through

Nano-coated mesh could clean oil spills for less than $1 per square foot

20-Apr-2015

The unassuming piece of stainless steel mesh in a lab at The Ohio State University doesn't look like a very big deal, but it could make a big difference for future environmental cleanups. Water passes through the mesh but oil doesn't, thanks to a nearly invisible oil-repelling coating on its ...

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Nanotubes with 2 walls have singular qualities

Rice University lab calculates unique electronic qualities of double-walled carbon nanotubes

20-Apr-2015

Rice University researchers have determined that two walls are better than one when turning carbon nanotubes into materials like strong, conductive fibers or transistors.Rice materials scientist Enrique Barrera and his colleagues used atomic-level models of double-walled nanotubes to see how they ...

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New CU-Boulder technique could slash energy used to produce many plastics

16-Apr-2015

A new material developed at the University of Colorado Boulder could radically reduce the energy needed to produce a wide variety of plastic products, from grocery bags and cling wrap to replacement hips and bulletproof vests.Approximately 80 million metric tons of polyethylene is produced ...

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