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Powder could help cut CO2 emissions

20-Dec-2018

Scientists at the University of Waterloo have created a powder that can capture CO2 from factories and power plants. The powder, created in the lab of Zhongwei Chen, a chemical engineering professor at Waterloo, can filter and remove CO2 at facilities powered by fossil fuels before it is released ...

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Albemarle’s ribbon cutting ceremony

17-Dec-2018

Malvern Panalytical announced that a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the successful installation of the Claisse® rFusion system for Albemarle Corporation was held on May 2, 2018 in Bayport, TX (USA). This event celebrates the achievement of a major project that will provide customers with ...

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The Secret Contamination of Polar Bears

Hundreds of unrecognized halogenated contaminants discovered in polar bear serum

05-Dec-2018

Using a new approach to measure chemical contaminants in polar bears, scientists from Canada and the United States found a large variety of new chlorinated and fluorinated substances, including many new polychlorinated biphenyl metabolites. Worryingly, these previously unrecognized contaminants ...

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Advance ability to control chemical reactions

Discovery offers a taste of the 'forbidden fruit' of reaction dynamics

09-Oct-2018

Scientists at the University of Toronto have found a way to select the outcome of chemical reaction by employing an elusive and long-sought factor known as the 'impact parameter'. The team of U of T chemists, led by Nobel Prize-winning researcher John Polanyi, have found a means to select the ...

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Household cleaning products may contribute to kids' overweight by altering their gut microbiota

19-Sep-2018

Commonly used household cleaners could be making children overweight by altering their gut microbiota, suggests a Canadian study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) . The study analyzed the gut flora of 757 infants from the general population at age 3-4 months and weight at ...

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Not too wet, not too dry: plasma-treated fuel cell gets it just right

11-Sep-2018

Fuel cells hold promise as a clean, renewable source of energy. But keeping them dry has long been a challenge, as they produce water during the process of converting hydrogen and oxygen into electricity. Now University of British Columbia researchers say they may have found a solution: ...

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Antibacterial Polymers

Surprising antibacterial activity and selectivity of hydrophilic phosphonium polymers

10-Sep-2018

Artificial polymers, like antibiotic peptides, need both hydrophobic and hydrophilic domains in their molecular structure to exert antibacterial activity. Now, researchers from Canada have synthesized a phosphonium polymer that challenges this view. As outlined in the journal Angewandte Chemie, ...

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Bacteria-powered solar cell converts light to energy, even under overcast skies

06-Jul-2018

University of British Columbia researchers have found a cheap, sustainable way to build a solar cell using bacteria that convert light to energy. Their cell generated a current stronger than any previously recorded from such a device, and worked as efficiently in dim light as in bright ...

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Theory of general relativity proven yet again in new research

06-Jul-2018

In a novel test of Einstein's theory of general relativity, an international group of astronomers has demonstrated that the theory holds up, even for a massive three-star system. Einstein's theory states that all objects fall the same way despite their mass or composition, like a cannonball and ...

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Silicon breakthrough could make key microwave technology much cheaper and better

25-May-2018

Researchers using powerful supercomputers have found a way to generate microwaves with inexpensive silicon, a breakthrough that could dramatically cut costs and improve devices such as sensors in self-driving vehicles. "Until now, this was considered impossible," said C.R. Selvakumar, an ...

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