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Pulling iron out of waste printer toner

17-Nov-2017

Someday, left-over toner in discarded printer cartridges could have a second life as bridge or building components instead of as trash, wasting away in landfills and potentially harming the environment. One group reports that they have devised a method to recycle the residual powder in "empty" ...

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Financial decisions influenced by intensity of light

08-Aug-2017

A study of more than 2,500 people provides new evidence about the effects of luminance on the quality and consistency of our financial decision-making. Luminance is a measurement of the amount of light that falls on the earth's surface, which can be affected by cloud cover, humidity, suspended ...

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New catalyst paves way for carbon neutral fuel

23-Jun-2017

Australian scientists have paved the way for carbon neutral fuel with the development of a new efficient catalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air into synthetic natural gas in a 'clean' process using solar energy. Undertaken by University of Adelaide in collaboration with CSIRO, ...

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Ultrathin material for water splitting made of non-precious metals

Making production of hydrogen fuel more cost efficient

07-Jun-2017

UNSW Sydney chemists have invented a new, cheap catalyst for splitting water with an electrical current to efficiently produce clean hydrogen fuel. The technology is based on the creation of ultrathin slices of porous metal-organic complex materials coated onto a foam electrode, which the ...

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Highly sensitive nanosensors to prevent catastrophes

02-Jun-2017

With safety in the resource sector a globally critical issue, the researchers said an affordable, robust, and real-time monitoring system was imperative - and they have already made recent important discoveries furthering this work within the centre. Dr Dzung Dao, Professor Nam-Trung Nguyen, ...

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A way to pack grains and drugs most efficiently

16-May-2017

Scientists have discovered a way to solve a problem that has baffled humans for so long it is mentioned in the Bible: achieving the most efficient packing of objects such as grains and pharmaceutical drugs. Lead researcher Dr Mohammad Saadatfar from The Australian National University (ANU) said ...

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Bacteria with Midas touch for efficient gold processing

03-May-2017

Special 'nugget-producing' bacteria may hold the key to more efficient processing of gold ore, mine tailings and recycled electronics, as well as aid in exploration for new deposits, University of Adelaide research has shown. For more than 10 years, University of Adelaide researchers have been ...

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Next-gen steel under the microscope

17-Mar-2017

Next-generation steel and metal alloys are a step closer to reality, thanks to an international research project involving a University of Queensland scientist. The work could overcome the problem of hydrogen alloy embrittlement that has led to catastrophic failures in major engineering and ...

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Graphene from soybeans

16-Feb-2017

A breakthrough by CSIRO-led scientists has made the world's strongest material more commercially viable, thanks to the humble soybean. Graphene is a carbon material that is one atom thick. Its thin composition and high conductivity means it is used in applications ranging from miniaturised ...

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Seeing the quantum future... literally

17-Jan-2017

Scientists at the University of Sydney have demonstrated the ability to "see" the future of quantum systems, and used that knowledge to preempt their demise, in a major achievement that could help bring the strange and powerful world of quantum technology closer to reality. The applications of ...

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