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May 5, 2015

Research Seeks Alternatives for Reducing Bacteria in Fresh Produce Using Nanoengineering

Apr. 29, 2015 — Nearly half of foodborne illnesses in the US have been attributed to contaminated fresh produce. Prevention and control of bacterial contamination on fresh produce is critical to ensure food safety. ... read more

Apr. 24, 2015 — Cerium is a widely available and inexpensive rare-earth metal. Scientists have used it to create a high-performance magnet that's similar in performance to traditional dysprosium-containing ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — Use of clean fuels and updated pollution control measures in the school buses 25 million children ride every day could result in 14 million fewer absences from school a year, based on a new ... read more

Vehicle Cost, Lack of Consumer Information Hinder Purchases of Plug-in Electric Vehicles

Apr. 22, 2015 — Vehicle cost, current battery technology, and inadequate consumer knowledge are some of the barriers preventing widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles, says a new congressionally mandated ... read more

Soy: It's Good for Eating, Baking -- And Cleaning Up Crude Oil Spills

Apr. 22, 2015 — If you've studied ingredient labels on food packaging, you've probably noticed that soy lecithin is in a lot of products, ranging from buttery spreads to chocolate cake. Scientists have now ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — Engineers have discovered a method to increase the amount of electric charge that can be stored in graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon. The research may provide a better understanding of how ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — Gas hydrate is also known as the ice that burns. And all that burns releases energy. And a lot of energy is stored in hydrates and there are gigatons of it stored in the sediments of the ... read more

Apr. 21, 2015 — A stable bulk material shows the same physics found in graphene, which illuminated the interactions of electron’s orbital motion and its intrinsic magnetic orientation. The new material will be a ... read more

Apr. 21, 2015 — Plug-in hybrids have low fuel consumption, but require more costly parts than cars with a regular combustion engine. During development, the optimal cost balance must be calculated, which has been ... read more

Apr. 20, 2015 — In a move that could improve the energy storage of everything from portable electronics to electric microgrids, researchers have developed a novel X-ray imaging technique to visualize and study the ... read more

Apr. 20, 2015 — Before Deepwater Horizon, scientists didn't know that oil and marine snow had anything to do with each other. "Marine snow is like dust bunnies in the house," explained a research ... read more

Apr. 20, 2015 — Electric current flows without any resistance in a superconducting state thanks to a surprising redistribution of bonding electrons and the associated electronic and atomic behavior after ... read more

Apr. 17, 2015 — Researchers have taken a significant step toward the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used in electric cars such as the Chevy Volt. They have shown they can ... read more

Apr. 15, 2015 — More American homes could be powered by the Earth's natural underground heat with a nontoxic fluid that could cut in half the amount of water needed for a new power generation method called ... read more

Apr. 15, 2015 — A new breakthrough battery -- one that has significantly higher energy, lasts longer, and is cheaper and safer -- will likely be impossible without a new material discovery. And a new material ... read more

Apr. 15, 2015 — A university lab produces a thin-film catalyst for both hydrogen and oxygen generation. The material could replace expensive metals like platinum in water-electrolysis devices that produce hydrogen ... read more

Apr. 15, 2015 — Researchers have developed a new way to use plant oils like olive and linseed oil to create polyurethane, a plastic material used in everything from foam insulation panels to tires, hoses and ... read more

New Mathematical Method Enhances Hydrology Simulations

Apr. 15, 2015 — A team applied sophisticated mathematical solutions to fine tune water and energy exchange parameters, numerical stand-ins for complex processes, to more accurately simulate water and energy fluxes ... read more

Apr. 15, 2015 — A mesh with a high-tech coating captures oil while water passes right through. With further development of this technology, the researchers say, "you could potentially catch an oil spill with a ... read more

Apr. 14, 2015 — Scientists focused on producing biofuels more efficiently have a new powerful dataset to help them study the DNA of microbes that fuel bioconversion and other ... read more

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