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November 30, 2015

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November 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015 — Researchers have been pioneering antenna measurement methods for decades, but a new robot may be the ultimate innovation, extending measurements to higher frequencies while characterizing antennas ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — In hopes of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — Researchers have found that many species of tarantulas have independently evolved the ability to grow blue hair using nanostructures in their exoskeletons, rather than pigments. The study is the ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — Using an old 19th century apartment block in Oslo as a case study, researchers are looking for conservation measures for heritage buildings. How can we make them watertight, insulated and protected ... read more

Nov. 27, 2015 — An alternative technology to Li-ion has been designed for application in specific sectors. The researchers have developed the first battery using sodium ions in the usual "18650" format, an ... read more

Graphene Microphone Outperforms Traditional Nickel and Offers Ultrasonic Reach

Nov. 27, 2015 — Scientists have developed a graphene based microphone nearly 32 times more sensitive than microphones of standard nickel-based ... read more

Doping Powers New Thermoelectric Material

Nov. 26, 2015 — In power production, nearly two-thirds of energy input from fossil fuels is lost as waste heat. Industry is hungry for materials that can convert this heat to useful electricity, but a good ... read more

Nuclear Waste Storage Sites in Rock Salt May Be More Vulnerable Than Previously Thought

Nov. 26, 2015 — Research shows that rock salt, used by Germany and the United States as a subsurface container for radioactive waste, might not be as impermeable as ... read more

Nov. 26, 2015 — A research team has found a simple way to fix defects in atomically thin monolayer semiconductors. The development could open doors to transparent LED displays, ultra-high efficiency solar cells, ... read more

Nov. 26, 2015 — Researchers will develop new synthesis processes for long-chain molecules in order to characterize and construct them with so far unreached precision. This will result in an innovative leap in a ... read more

Nov. 26, 2015 — Fires are frequently caused by smoldering cables. Novel sensors now help detect such smoldering fires at an early stage by analyzing the plastic vapors released by overheated insulating cables. ... read more

Shedding Light on Oil Behaviors Before the Next Spill

Nov. 25, 2015 — There are still critical research gaps hampering efforts to both assess the environmental impacts of crude oil spills and to effectively remediate them, a Canadian, comprehensive scientific report ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — Scientists have discovered how to make the electrical wiring on top of solar cells nearly invisible to incoming light. The new design, which uses silicon nanopillars to hide the wires, could ... read more

New Technology Promises Fast, Accurate Stroke Diagnosis

Nov. 25, 2015 — A new approach to identifying biomarkers in blood has proven successful in helping diagnose stroke, and the technology could be expanded to diagnose such conditions as concussion, some forms of ... read more

Discovery Could Open Door to Frozen Preservation of Tissues, Whole Organs

Nov. 25, 2015 — A new approach to 'vitrification,' or ice-free cryopreservation, has been discovered, which could ultimately allow a much wider use of extreme cold to preserve tissues and even organs for ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — A research team has devised a way to pluck a single photon from a pulse of light. This breakthrough can both aid further basic research into the nature of light and help advance quantum communication ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — Swimming in a pool of syrup would be difficult for most people, but for bacteria like E. coli, it's easier than swimming in water. Scientists have known for decades that these cells move faster ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — Iron oxides occur in nature in many forms, often significantly different from each other in terms of structure and physical properties. However, a new variety of iron oxide, recently created and ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — After the successful restart of the Large Hadron Collider and its first months of data taking with proton collisions at a new energy frontier, the LHC is moving to a new phase, with the first ... read more

New 'Party Pill' Test Could Help Authorities Keep Up With Trends in Drug (Ab)use

Nov. 25, 2015 — A new test for club drugs like ketamine can detect low levels of drugs in urine and plasma, making it faster, easier and cheaper to identify them. The authors of the study say it could give ... read more

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