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August 31, 2016

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August 31, 2016

Aug. 30, 2016 — Antennas often need to trace circles in the sky. For example, radar arrays atop air-traffic control towers rotate to sweep signals in all directions. Now, electrical engineers are working out a new ... read more

Aug. 29, 2016 — Trenches, craters and hillocks: shapes and structures which are observed after meteorite impacts can also be found on a nanoscale, when crystals are bombarded with heavy ions. Understanding the ... read more

Aug. 26, 2016 — New research suggests that the relatively large crystals used to change several properties of light in lasers -- changes that are crucial for making lasers into practical tools -- might be created by ... 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 — Engineers are using light to print three-dimensional structures that 'remember' their original shapes. Even after being stretched, twisted, and bent at extreme angles, the structures -- ... read more

Aug. 26, 2016 — A research group have developed an anode material for lithium (Li)-ion rechargeable batteries by forming nanoparticles made of silicon (Si)-metal composites on metal substrates. The resulting anode ... 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

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 — A chemical sensing material has been developed whose electrical conductivity dramatically increases when exposed to toxic gases, report ... 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

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 — 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 — Every year, humans advance climate change and global warming by injecting about 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Scientists believe they've found a way to convert all these ... read more

Aug. 25, 2016 — Scientists have shown that the smallest structural change in the iron-rhodium alloys may result in a significant change in its magnetocaloric ... read more

Aug. 25, 2016 — Beads, disks, bowls and rods: scientists have demonstrated the first methodological approach to control the shapes of nanovesicles. This opens doors for the use of nanovesicles in biomedical ... read more

Aug. 25, 2016 — Researchers discovered a procedure to restore defective graphene oxide structures that cause the material to display low carrier mobility. By applying a high-temperature reduction treatment in an ... read more

Graphene Under Pressure

Aug. 25, 2016 — Small balloons made from one-atom-thick material graphene can withstand enormous pressures, much higher than those at the bottom of the deepest ocean, scientists at the ... read more

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