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February 8, 2016

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February 8, 2016

Why Not Recycled Concrete?

Feb. 8, 2016 — From paper towels to cups to plastic bottles, products made from recycled materials permeate our lives. One notable exception is building materials. Why can’t we recycle concrete from our ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Ever wonder how roaches are able to get into anything, no matter how tight the seams? Biologists have now shown that the American cockroach can flatten its body to one-fifth normal running height to ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — A new study sheds light on unique property of 2-D materials -- ability to shield chemical interactions at the molecular level. Discovery of shielding effect allows scientists to control reactivity of ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — A new sensor will make life safer for the elderly, say its developers. Pressure measurements enable a newly developed fall detector to "observe" falls that current sensors do not register, ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Scientists are intending to develop and trial a new wearable technology to help people who have had a stroke recover use of their arm and hand. The team will create a wireless sleeve, which will ... read more

Clean Energy from Water

Feb. 8, 2016 — Fuel cells generate electrical energy through a chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen. To obtain clean energy, the splitting of water into its components of hydrogen and oxygen is critical. ... read more

Removal of Complex Renal Tumors Performed Safely by Robotic Surgery in Selected Patients

Feb. 8, 2016 — Renal cell carcinoma can sometimes spread to the inferior vena cava (IVC), the body's largest vein, posing a threat to the heart and brain. Robotic nephrectomy for inferior vena cava tumor ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — A shock-absorbing football helmet system being developed could blunt some dangerous physics that today's head protection ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — First-ever interlaboratory study of four versions of a therapeutic protein drug -- all manufactured from living cells -- reports that an established analytical tool akin to magnetic resonance imaging ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — A new study provides insight into the impacts of home shopping on vehicle operations and greenhouse gas ... read more

Biophysics: Partitioning by Collision

Feb. 5, 2016 — An ensemble consisting of a binary mixture of particles of equal size can partition itself into its component fractions – provided that the two species differ in their diffusion ... read more

Smart Thermostat Puts Energy Money Saving at Household Fingertips

Feb. 5, 2016 — Researchers are aiming to develop a 'smart' thermostat to help UK households save money on their energy bills. The prototype autonomous device allows users to control their heating based on ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — Cells are not uniform spheres; they generally come in a variety of disparate shapes. In the broadest sense, this variation in shapes is known as cell polarity, and it is an essential property for a ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — Scientists have achieved the ultimate speed limit of the control of spins in a solid state magnetic ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — The way to better wearable electronics is dotted with iron steppingstones. Check out how nanotubes bridge the gap with quantum ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — 'Mass Uncertainty' is the third and latest adventure from the League of SI Superheroes, the animated online series from NIST. The episode touches upon a topic -- how to redefine the basic ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — The technology that charges batteries for electronic devices could provide fresh water from salty seas, says a new study. Electricity running through a salt water-filled battery draws the salt ions ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Until recently, being paralyzed from the waist down meant using a wheelchair to get around. And although daily life is more accessible to wheelchair users, they still face physical and social ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Scientists have developed the first known statistical theory for the toughness of polycrystalline graphene, which is made with chemical vapor deposition, and found that it is indeed strong, but more ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — The material at the heart of the lithium ion batteries that power electric vehicles, laptop computers and smartphones has been shown to impair a key soil bacterium. The study is an early signal that ... read more

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