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The challenge of mining rare-earth materials outside China

31-Jul-2015

Five years ago, the cost of rare-earth materials that are critical for today's electronics went through the roof. An export quota set by China, which mines most of the world's rare earths, caused the price run-up. Though short-lived, the occurrence spurred calls for developing mines outside ...

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Researchers predict material with record-setting melting point

30-Jul-2015

Using powerful computer simulations, researchers from Brown University have identified a material with a higher melting point than any known substance.The computations, described in the journal Physical Review B (Rapid Communications), showed that a material made with just the right amounts of ...

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Honeywell To Acquire Elster

29-Jul-2015

Honeywell announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Elster Division of Melrose Industries plc, a provider of thermal gas solutions for commercial, industrial, and residential heating systems and gas, water, and electricity meters, including smart meters and software and ...

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Yara and BASF break ground on new ammonia plant

29-Jul-2015

Yara International ASA and BASF broke ground today on a world scale ammonia plant at the BASF site in Freeport, Texas. Total capital investment for the plant – which is expected to come online in 2017 – is estimated at $600 million. As part of the project, Yara will build an ammonia tank at the ...

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Changing the color of light

University of Delaware research team awarded $1 million Keck Foundation grant

28-Jul-2015

Researchers at the University of Delaware have received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to explore a new idea that could improve solar cells, medical imaging and even cancer treatments. Simply put, they want to change the color of light.They won't be tinkering with what you see ...

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Brown University begins study of early life chemical exposures

28-Jul-2015

Exposure to the endocrine disrupting chemicals bisphenol A, triclosan and phthalates is ubiquitous in the United States, raising concerns that they may affect health. With a new four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, Brown University epidemiologist Joseph Braun ...

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QuantumSphere Completes State-of-the-Art Nanocatalyst Production Facility

27-Jul-2015

QuantumSphere, Inc. (QSI), a supplier of nanocatalyst technologies for industrial chemical processes, announced the completion of its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for the production of the company’s proprietary FeNIXTM nano iron catalyst product. FeNIX nanocatalysts were developed to ...

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Economic slump, not natural gas boom, responsible for drop in CO2 emissions

23-Jul-2015

The 11 percent decrease in climate change-causing carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. between 2007 and 2013 was caused by the global financial recession - not the reduced use of coal, research from the University of California Irvine, the University of Maryland, and the International Institute ...

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Bringing back the magic in metamaterials

23-Jul-2015

A single drop of blood is teeming with microorganisms - imagine if we could see them, and even nanometer-sized viruses, with the naked eye. That's a real possibility with what scientists call a "perfect lens." The lens hasn't been created yet but it is a theoretical perfected optical lens made ...

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Shallow fracking raises questions for water, new Stanford research shows

23-Jul-2015

The United States now produces about as much crude oil as Saudi Arabia does, and enough natural gas to export in large quantities. That's thanks to hydraulic fracturing, a mining practice that involves a rock-cracking pressurized mix of water, sand and chemicals.Ongoing research by Stanford ...

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