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The combination of plant-based particles and water forms an 'eco' super-glue

25-Feb-2020

In a study published in Advanced Materials, researchers at Aalto University, the University of Tokyo, Sichuan University, and the University of British Columbia have demonstrated that plant-derived cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) can form an adhesive that fully integrates the concepts of ...

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New quantum switch turns metals into insulators

05-Feb-2020

Most modern electronic devices rely on tiny, finely-tuned electrical currents to process and store information. These currents dictate how fast our computers run, how regularly our pacemakers tick and how securely our money is stored in the bank. In a study published in Nature Physics, ...

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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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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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Phosphorus Rubber

Poly-(1-phospha-isoprene): phosphorus-containing natural rubber analogue

11-Jul-2017

Goodyear’s 1839 discovery of the vulcanization of natural rubber obtained from rubber trees marks the beginning of the modern rubber industry. A variety of synthetic rubber products were subsequently developed. Scientists have now introduced a new, interesting variant: a phosphorus-containing ...

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Researchers find better way to 'herd' electrons in solar fuel devices

23-Jun-2016

Researchers at the University of British Columbia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered a new way to optimize electron transfer in semi-conductors used in solar fuel solutions. The finding could have a big impact on devices that convert sunlight into electricity and ...

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The invisible key to methane hydrates

Nanobubbles shown to play a driving role in the formation and decomposition of hydrates

08-Jun-2015

Like the carbon dioxide in a fizzing glass of soda, most bubbles of gas in a liquid don't last long. But nanobubbles persist. These bubbles are thousands of times smaller than the tip of a pencil lead and their stability makes them useful in a variety of applications, from targeted drug delivery ...

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Cuprates earn their stripes

Superconductivity breakthroughs

25-Mar-2015

The Canadian research community on high-temperature superconductivity continues to lead this exciting scientific field with groundbreaking results coming hot on the heels of big theoretical questions. The latest breakthrough, which will be published Science, answers a key question on the ...

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Researchers snap-shot fastest observations of superconductivity yet

12-Mar-2015

An international team of researchers has used infinitely short light pulses to observe ultrafast changes in the electron-level properties of superconductors, setting a new standard for temporal resolution in the field.The scientists - from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, the University ...

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