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November 29, 2015

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November 29, 2015

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

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

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

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 — 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

Nov. 25, 2015 — A robotic bartender has to do something unusual for a machine: It has to learn to ignore some data and focus on social signals. Researchers recently investigated how a robotic bartender can ... read more

Nanoparticles Simplify DNA Identification and Quantification

Nov. 25, 2015 — Researchers have been aiming to improving the speed and accuracy of current diagnostics for veterinary ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — A smart chip that can tell you how healthy is your battery and if it is safe for use, has been developed by ... read more

Next-Generation Fuel Cells Are Ready for Low-Emission Electricity Production

Nov. 25, 2015 — A new-generation, long-life fuel cell system is under development, offering efficiency higher than that of competing technologies. The project will result in new, energy-efficient and commercially ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — A metal-free process has been developed for the rapid synthesis of elusive small-molecule catalysts that promise to speed the making of novel chemicals, including ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — Vivid holographic images and text can now be produced by means of an ordinary inkjet printer. This new method is expected to significantly reduce the cost and time needed to create the so-called ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — A common criticism of a total transition to wind, water and solar power is that the US electrical grid can't affordably store enough standby electricity to keep the system stable. Now a ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — The transportation sector has the capacity to nearly halve its carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 and, hence, to contribute far more than previously thought to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. ... read more

Taking Care of Old Oil Wells

Nov. 24, 2015 — Thousands of old offshore oil wells will have to be plugged to prevent them leaking, an expensive exercise. Researchers are now proposing a solution that may offer some relief for what is a major ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — Bombarding and stretching an important industrial catalyst opens up tiny holes on its surface where atoms can attach and react, greatly increasing its activity as a promoter of chemical reactions, ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — Last year Italy sent an espresso machine up to the ISS, and this inspired a team of researchers to study the related strange fluids phenomena in low gravity, such as espresso crema formation and ... read more

New Method Enables Biomedical Imaging at One-Thousandth the Cost

Nov. 23, 2015 — A biomedical imaging system has been developed that could ultimately replace a $100,000 piece of a lab equipment with components that cost just hundreds of dollars. The system uses a technique called ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — Stacking two solar cells one over the other has advantages: Because the energy is 'harvested' in two stages, and overall the sunlight can be converted to electricity more efficiently. ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — Taking inspiration from water beetles and other swimming insects, academics have developed the Row-bot, a robot that thrives in dirty water. The Row-bot mimics the way that the water boatman moves ... read more

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