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September 27, 2016

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September 27, 2016

Sep. 22, 2016 — A device for the rapid analysis of liquids on the content of hazardous substances - such as heavy metals - has been developed by researchers, who have used a method based on polymer optodes, very ... read more

Sep. 21, 2016 — Researchers have put metal-oxides and organic magnets together, suggesting that their work has applications for ... read more

Sep. 21, 2016 — With the help of artificial intelligence, chemists have computed the characteristics of about two million crystals made up of four chemical elements. The researchers were able to identify 90 ... read more

Sep. 20, 2016 — The industrial catalysts of the future won’t just speed up reactions, they’ll control how chemical processes work and determine how much of a particular product is ... read more

Inexpensive Semiconducting Organic Polymers Can Harvest Sunlight to Split Carbon Dioxide Into Alcohol Fuels

Sep. 20, 2016 — Chemists have been the first to demonstrate that an organic semiconductor polymer called polyaniline is a promising photocathode material for the conversion of carbon dioxide into alcohol fuels ... read more

Small Molecules Lead to a Big Change in Reaction Outcomes

Sep. 20, 2016 — Scientists have found a way to rewire the behavior of an important group of small molecules involved in the synthesis of carbon-to-oxygen chemical bonds. The process allows small, synthetic molecules ... read more

Sep. 20, 2016 — A new, inexpensive method for detecting salt concentrations in sweat or other bodily fluids has been developed by biomaterials scientists. The fluorescent sensor, derived from citric acid molecules, ... read more

Sep. 20, 2016 — Light-emitting, four-armed nanocrystals could someday form the basis of an early warning system in structural materials by revealing microscopic cracks that portend failure, thanks to recent research ... read more

Sep. 19, 2016 — Scientists are looking for better ways to clean contaminated concrete to reduce the impact of a U.S. transportation hub being contaminated with a chemical ... read more

Solar Radiation Variability Over Italy in the Last 55 Years Reconstructed for the First Time

Sep. 19, 2016 — Surface solar radiation variability over Italy from the end of the 1950s has been reconstructed in a new framework, report scientists. This information -- based on more than 50 daily records ... read more

Direct Observation of Graphene Decoupling on Cu(111)

Sep. 19, 2016 — A recent quantum mechanical study of graphene has elucidated the intercalation mechanism and pathways for graphene decoupling from the copper ... read more

New Anode Material Set to Boost Lithium-Ion Battery Capacity

Sep. 19, 2016 — A team of researchersclaims to have made yet another step towards finding a solution to accelerate the commercialization of silicon anode for Lithium-ion ... read more

Turning Ubiquitous Lignin Into High-Value Chemicals

Sep. 16, 2016 — Abundant, chock full of energy and bound so tightly that the only way to release its energy is through combustion — lignin has frustrated scientists for years. With the help of an unusual soil ... read more

Sep. 16, 2016 — Antimicrobial cutting boards. Flame-retardant carpets. Friction-resistant bearings. Engineered surfaces add value to the things we use, providing extra layers of safety, easing their operation, ... read more

Sep. 15, 2016 — Materials scientists have developed a new strategy for crafting one-dimensional nanorods from a wide range of precursor materials. Based on a cellulose backbone, the system relies on the growth of ... read more

Shedding Light on the Limits of the Expanded Genetic Code

Sep. 15, 2016 — In 2014, scientists made a huge news splash when they reported the ability to grow bacteria with an expanded genetic code. Critics feared the rise of unnatural creatures; others appreciated the ... read more

Food Waste Could Store Solar, Wind Energy

Sep. 15, 2016 — Saving up excess solar and wind energy for times when the sun is down or the air is still requires a storage device. Batteries get the most attention as a promising solution although pumped ... read more

Sep. 15, 2016 — Researchers are giving new meaning to the phrase “turning rust into gold”—and making the use of gold in research settings and industrial applications far more ... read more

Plutonium Keeps Its Electrons Close to Home

Sep. 15, 2016 — Extremely complex plutonium has ties to energy and security. Scientists found that plutonium's behavior, in plutonium tetrafluoride, can be attributed to atoms hoarding ... read more

Using Nature's Own Solvents for the Preparation of Pure Lignin

Sep. 15, 2016 — Lignin can now be efficiently and cost-effectively separated from sawdust, by using eutectic solvents. A research group has developed solvents using which 50% of the lignin from wood can be extracted ... read more

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