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No silver bullet for arsenic in groundwater

1 week ago from SciDev

A review of 31 technologies finds no single method that will work in all areas where water is contaminated.

Scientists discover new type of magnet

1 week ago from Physorg

A team of scientists has discovered the first robust example of a new type of magnet—one that holds promise for enhancing the performance of data storage technologies.

Novel electrocatalyst outperforms platinum in alkaline hydrogen production

1 week ago from Physorg

A novel ruthenium-based catalyst developed at UC Santa Cruz has shown markedly better performance than commercial platinum catalysts in alkaline water electrolysis for hydrogen production. The catalyst is a nanostructured...

Body recovered from wreckage of plane carrying Argentine soccer star Emiliano Sala

1 week ago from UPI

A body has been recovered from the wreckage of a plane transporting Argentine soccer star Emiliano Sala, investigators said.

Borophene could have impressive electronic and physical properties

1 week ago from C&EN

Theoretical new material bests graphene by some measures, but critics wonder if it can be made

Patriots' Jeremy Hill slams Cincinnati fans, Bengals CB claps back

1 week ago from UPI

Ex-Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill dissed fans of his old team after his New England Patriots won the Super Bowl, and a Bengals player clapped back.

How plants expand their capacity to use solar energy

1 week ago from MIT Research

Green plants capture light that spans the visible solar spectrum, and while a broad spectral range is required for sufficient absorption, the process requires energy to be funneled rapidly and efficiently downhill to...

Watch: Boy, 2, gets trapped inside claw machine

1 week ago from UPI

An Alabama 2-year-old was rescued from a restaurant's claw machine when he crawled inside to try to get a toy.

Controllable electron flow in quantum wires

1 week ago from Science Daily

Scientist have found they can turn on and off the flow of current in a bismuth crystal subjected to a high magnetic field, making a new type of controllable quantum...

Navy awards $90M to Lockheed to cut cost of F-35 air system

1 week ago from UPI

Lockheed Martin was awarded a $90 million contract to further reduce the cost of F-35 fighter aircraft, with focus on the plane's air system, the U.S. Navy announced.

Decentralized systems are more efficient at reaching a target when its components are not overly capable

1 week ago from Physorg

A team of researchers including Neil Johnson, a professor of physics at the George Washington University, has discovered that decentralized systems work better when the individual parts are less capable.

Millions of tons of plastic waste could be turned into clean fuels, other products

1 week ago from Science Daily

A new chemical conversion process could transform the world's polyolefin waste, a form of plastic, into useful products, such as clean fuels and other items. The conversion process incorporates selective...

Navy awards $90M to Lockheed Martin to cut F-35 costs

1 week ago from UPI

Lockheed Martin was awarded a $90 million contract modification to reduce the cost of F-35 fighter aircraft, the U.S. Navy announced.

Controllable electron flow in quantum wires

1 week ago from Physorg

Princeton researchers have demonstrated a new way of making controllable "quantum wires" in the presence of a magnetic field, according to a new study published in Nature.

'Unclonable' tag combats counterfeiters

1 week ago from Science Daily

Discovering that your new designer handbag or gold watch is a fake is costly and annoying, and counterfeit medical devices or drugs could have even more serious consequences. But seemingly...

Special high-protein plants provide proteins, fibres and antioxidants in a single package

1 week ago from Physorg

The ScenoProt project has analysed the nutrient composition and the most typical bioactive compounds of high-protein plants. Analyses aimed to identify the amount of proteins, the amino acid composition, fibres...

Do microplastics harm humans?

1 week ago from Physorg

About 8 million metric tons of plastic waste winds up in the oceans every year—bottles, bags and doo-dads that eventually break down into tiny pieces, called microplastics. These inedible bits...

'Unclonable' tag combats counterfeiters

1 week ago from Physorg

Discovering that your new designer handbag or gold watch is a fake is costly and annoying, and counterfeit medical devices or drugs could have even more serious consequences. But seemingly...

New physical effect demonstrated after 40 year search

1 week ago from Physorg

A new physical effect has been demonstrated at the University of Bath after 40 years of pursuit by physicists around the world, which could lead to advancements in chemical manufacturing...

Lyft offers electric vehicle options for riders, drivers

1 week ago from Physorg

Lyft passengers will soon be able to request a ride in an electric or hybrid vehicle when they're planning a trip.

Chirality inversion in a helical molecule at controlled speeds

1 week ago from Physorg

A strategy to invert the chirality of a metal-containing helical molecule controlling the speed of the response is reported in Chemistry, A European Journal by researchers at Kanazawa University.

Nobel-prize winning chemistry may mean clean energy breakthrough

1 week ago from Science Blog

Scientists have used a Nobel-prize winning Chemistry technique on a mixture of metals to potentially reduce the cost of fuel cells used in electric cars and reduce harmful emissions from...

Untangling a strange phenomenon that both helps and hurts lithium-ion battery performance

1 week ago from Physorg

The lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles and phones charge and discharge by ferrying lithium ions back and forth between two electrodes, an anode and a cathode. The more lithium...

Programmable transparent organic luminescent tags–writing with light

1 week ago from Physorg

Luminescent emission in the form of phosphorescence commonly occurs in daily life as a result of a quantum mechanically small transition probability. A luminescent emission lifetime can last from microseconds...

How bees stay cool on hot summer days

1 week ago from Physorg

If you've ever walked past a bees nest on a hot summer day, you've probably been too focused on avoiding getting stung, rather than stopping to wonder how all those...

Newer, lighter cars less recyclable

1 week ago from Physorg

Using combinations of materials to make cars lighter and reduce their carbon footprint during use might be shifting the environmental burden to the recycling stage of the vehicle, according to...

Controlling charge flow by managing electron holes

1 week ago from Physorg

Much remains to be learned about how charge moves along the molecules that make up the layers of materials in solar cells. These details have remained hidden because of the...

Ship disasters avoided with big data statistics techniques

1 week ago from Physorg

Companies can save millions by using advanced statistical methods to extract information from large amounts of collected data. One company that has adopted this new way of thinking is the...