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May 25, 2016

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May 25, 2016

Single-Step Hydrogen Peroxide Production Could Be Cleaner, More Efficient

May 24, 2016 — Chemical and biological engineers have uncovered new insight into how the compound hydrogen peroxide decomposes. This advance could inform efficient and cost-effective single-step strategies for ... read more

Nanotubes Are Beacons in Cancer-Imaging Technique

May 21, 2016 — Strong LED light, a unique detector and targeted nanotubes combine to offer a new way to pinpoint the location of cancer tumors, according to ... read more

May 21, 2016 — Like the poet, microbes that make methane are taking chemists on a road less traveled: Of two competing ideas for how microbes make the main component of natural gas, the winning chemical reaction ... read more

Power Up When the Temperature Is Down

May 20, 2016 — Chemists have developed a new synthesis method for organic radical batteries that are re-chargeable and continue to function at below-freezing temperatures. The specific model has greater voltage ... read more

May 19, 2016 — New findings show that metal-organic frameworks can effectively remove the contaminant acetylene from ethylene, the material from which much of the world's plastic is made. The research suggests ... read more

An App Knows If a Beer Has Gone Stale

May 19, 2016 — Chemists have developed a method that allows brewers to measure the freshness of beer, using a polymer sensor that changes color upon detecting furfural, a compound that appears when this beverage ... read more

Smelly Socks and Sweaty Shirts: Why Your Laundry Stinks, and How to Stop It

May 19, 2016 — Scientists have identified the molecules that make our clothes smell. Dirty laundry smells bad because of certain chemicals called volatile organic compounds, which can’t always be washed out on an ... read more

May 19, 2016 — Adding genes to bacteria offers sustainable routes to make compounds currently obtained from ... read more

How Repeated Spot Microdischarges Damage Microdevices

May 18, 2016 — In microelectronics, devices made up of two electrodes separated by an insulating barrier are subject to multiple of microdischarges -- referred to as microfilaments -- at the same spot. Now have ... read more

Bending Hot Molecules

May 18, 2016 — Hot molecules are found in extreme environments such as the edges of fusion reactors. For simulations that e.g. help to understand the physics of planetary atmospheres, it is crucial to know how ... read more

May 18, 2016 — Members of a research group have designed a nanomaterial that changes color when it interacts with ions and other small molecules during a chemical ... read more

May 17, 2016 — Researchers have used computer modeling to design carbon dioxide binding materials so that they retain a low viscosity after sponging up carbon dioxide, based on a surprise they found in their ... read more

May 17, 2016 — An almost entirely accidental discovery by researchers could transform food and biofuel production and increase carbon capture on farmland. By tweaking a plant’s genetic profile, the researchers ... read more

Cooling, Time in the Dark Preserve Perovskite Solar Power

May 17, 2016 — A new study has found both the cause and a solution for the pesky tendency of perovskite solar cells to degrade in sunlight, a research breakthrough potentially removing one roadblock to ... read more

Technique Improves Efficacy of Fuel Cells

May 16, 2016 — Fuel cells, which generate electricity from chemical reactions without harmful emissions, have the potential to power everything from cars to portable electronics, and could be cleaner and more ... read more

Theorists Smooth the Way to Modeling Quantum Friction

May 16, 2016 — Theoretical chemists have pioneered a strategy for modeling quantum friction, or how a particle's environment drags on it, a vexing problem that has frustrated scientists for more than a ... read more

May 16, 2016 — Methane comes from various sources, like landfills, bacterial processes in water, cattle and fracking. In testing methane sources at three national sites, geologists found no evidence fracking ... read more

May 16, 2016 — By accelerating the formation of the oxygen-oxygen bond in water oxidation, newly developed ruthenium catalysts could drive the reaction needed to efficiently store solar energy in the chemical bonds ... read more

Laser Pulses: Conductors for Protons

May 13, 2016 — Scientists have managed to manipulate the positions of atoms in hydrocarbon molecules using ultrashort laser ... read more

May 13, 2016 — A volcano erupting and spewing ash into the sky can cover nearby areas under a thick coating of ash and can also have consequences for aviation safety. Airline traffic changes due to a recent ... read more

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