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August 30, 2016

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August 30, 2016

Air Contamination Near Fracking Sites Result of Operational Inefficiencies

Aug. 26, 2016 — Chemists have published a new study that indicates that highly variable contamination events registered in and around unconventional oil and gas developments are the result of operational ... read more

Structural, Regulatory and Human Error Were Factors in Washington Highway Bridge Collapse

Aug. 26, 2016 — When an important bridge collapsed on Interstate 5 near Mount Vernon, Washington, in 2013, questions were raised about how such a catastrophic failure could occur. A new analysis by a team of civil ... read more

Chemists Develop Promising Cheap, Sustainable Battery for Grid Energy Storage

Aug. 26, 2016 — Chemists have developed a long-lasting zinc-ion battery that costs half the price of current lithium-ion batteries and could help enable communities to shift away from traditional power plants and ... read more

Aug. 26, 2016 — Electronic components have become faster and faster over the years, thus making powerful computers and other technologies possible. Researchers have now investigated how fast electrons can ultimately ... read more

New Approach to Computing Boosts Energy Efficiency

Aug. 26, 2016 — A research project has launched a set of tools that will make computer systems more energy efficient – a critical issue for modern computing. Using the framework of the project programmers has ... read more

Aug. 26, 2016 — Chemists have significantly improved upon the synthesis of a molecule related to muscle and neuronal function. A research team has been busy trying to crack the puzzle of the insecticide ryanodine, a ... read more

Aug. 26, 2016 — A new class of battery seperator has been engineered by a team of researchers, which is expected to bring unprecedented benefits to battery ... read more

Aug. 25, 2016 — Ultrasound imaging is used around the world to help visualize developing babies and diagnose diseases. Sound waves bounce off the tissues, revealing their different densities and shapes. The next ... read more

New Diagnostic Instrument Sees Deeper Into the Ear

Aug. 25, 2016 — A new device could greatly improve ear infection diagnoses and drastically reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions, a major cause of antibiotic ... read more

Saving Irrigation Water With Superabsorbent Polymers

Aug. 25, 2016 — Soil conditioners called superabsorbent polymers have the potential to reduce irrigation needs for agricultural crops by storing water and nutrients and then releasing them in drought conditions, ... read more

Aug. 25, 2016 — A new decision-making tool helps producers of pharmaceutical and other valuable chemicals make the leap to an entirely new way of ... read more

Aug. 25, 2016 — The transparency of glass to visible light makes it the most common way to let light into a building. But because glass is also transparent to near-infrared radiation -- windows also let in heat, ... read more

Aug. 25, 2016 — ZnO-coated high-performance bearings reduce friction by about one-third, say researchers. Playing a vital role in a newly developed small jet engine generator for emergency ... read more

Aug. 25, 2016 — Scientists have captured the fundamental chemistry of the element berkelium, or Bk on the periodic ... read more

Electron Microscopy Reveals How Vitamin A Enters the Cell

Aug. 25, 2016 — Using a new, lightning-fast camera paired with an electron microscope, scientists have captured images of one of the smallest proteins in our cells to be "seen" with a ... read more

A Nanoscale Wireless Communication System Via Plasmonic Antennas

Aug. 25, 2016 — A nanoscale wireless communication system uses plasmonic antennas to produce greater control and increased efficiency to an approach eyed for next-generation 'on-chip' communications ... read more

Altering Stem Cell Perception of Tissue Stiffness May Help Treat Musculoskeletal Disorders

Aug. 25, 2016 — A new biomaterial can be used to study how and when stem cells sense the mechanics of their surrounding environment. With further development, this biomaterial could be used to control when immature ... read more

Aug. 25, 2016 — Computer science researchers have introduced a new radio technology that allows small mobile devices to take advantage of battery power in larger devices nearby for ... read more

Aug. 25, 2016 — While trying to develop a new battery, researchers find a whole new energy-efficient way to produce some metals without creating air ... read more

Aug. 25, 2016 — An innovative underground radar technology is helping the City of Slidell in south Louisiana to identify and document underground infrastructure damage that had gone undetected in the months and ... read more

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