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Process converts human waste into rocket fuel

28-11-2014

Buck Rogers surely couldn't have seen this one coming, but at NASA's request, University of Florida researchers have figured out how to turn human waste into rocket fuel. Adolescent jokes aside, the process finally makes useful something that until now has been collected to burn up on re-entry. ...

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Scientists do glass a solid

New theory on how it transitions from a liquid

27-11-2014

How does glass transition from a liquid to its familiar solid state? How does this common material transport heat and sound? And what microscopic changes occur when a glass gains rigidity as it cools? A team of researchers at NYU's Center for Soft Matter Research offers a theoretical explanation ...

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Chevron Phillips Chemical CEO Says Sustainability is Being Redefined

26-11-2014

Digital technologies such as social media, mobile devices and the Internet are growing exponentially, connecting people from around the globe. This global connectivity is becoming a driving force behind greater transparency of corporate conduct, and is redefining what sustainability means for the ...

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Discovery sheds light on nuclear reactor fuel behavior during a severe event

New discovery about melted UO2 structure will enhance understanding of reactor safety during meltdown scenario

24-11-2014

A new discovery about the atomic structure of uranium dioxide will help scientists select the best computational model to simulate severe nuclear reactor accidents. Using the Advanced Photon Source (APS), a Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility, researchers from DOE's Argonne ...

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NRL scientists discover novel metamaterial properties within hexagonal boron nitride

24-11-2014

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientists, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Manchester, U.K.; Imperial College, London; University of California San Diego; and the National Institute of Material Science (NIMS), Japan, have demonstrated that confined surface phonon ...

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Parx Plastics winner of World Technology Award in New York

21-11-2014

At the TIME Conference Center in New York, Parx Plastics won the World Technology Award for Materials.Once a year The World Technology Network brings together many of the world's most innovative individuals and organizations in science, technology, and related fields to present, discuss and ...

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Scientists get to the heart of fool's gold as a solar material

20-11-2014

As the installation of photovoltaic solar cells continues to accelerate, scientists are looking for inexpensive materials beyond the traditional silicon that can efficiently convert sunlight into electricity. Theoretically, iron pyrite - a cheap compound that makes a common mineral known as ...

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'Topological insulators' promising for spintronics, quantum computers

18-11-2014

Researches have uncovered "smoking-gun" evidence to confirm the workings of an emerging class of materials that could make possible "spintronic" devices and practical quantum computers far more powerful than today's technologies. The materials are called "topological insulators." Unlike ordinary ...

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Major class of fracking chemicals no more toxic than common household substances

18-11-2014

The "surfactant" chemicals found in samples of fracking fluid collected in five states were no more toxic than substances commonly found in homes, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder. Fracking fluid is largely comprised of water and sand, ...

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UH chemists develop porous molecules that bind greenhouse gases

17-11-2014

A team of University of Houston (UH) chemistry researchers have developed a molecule that assembles spontaneously into a lightweight structure with microscopic pores capable of binding large quantities of several potent greenhouse gases. "Greenhouse gases, such a carbon dioxide, have received ...

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