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New ‘Smart’ Metal Could Mean Cool Cash for Consumers, Less CO2

8 years ago from Science Blog

If a new “smart” metal could help cool your home or refrigerate your food 175 percent more efficiently than current technology, imagine what that would do for your...

X-rays reveal da Vinci's shading secrets

8 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

French scientists say they have discovered how Leonardo da Vinci created the life-like subtlety of his paintings, including the Mona Lisa.

Chemists grow crystals with a twist - and untwist

8 years ago from

Chemists from New York University and Russia's St. Petersburg State University have created crystals that can twist and untwist, pointing to a much more varied process of crystal growth than...

Cosmic Log: Light cars take on heavy trips

8 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Science editor Alan Boyle's Weblog: Automotive innovators are proving that low-weight, high-efficiency cars can go the distance. Alan Boyle - Automobile - Recreation - Autos -...

Small wires make big connections for microelectronics

8 years ago from Science Daily

Engineers have developed a novel direct-writing method for manufacturing metal interconnects that could shrink integrated circuits and expand microelectronics. The technique produces tiny pure metal wires much smaller in diameter...

World's smoothest roller coaster ride: Swedish mathematicians draw the perfect loop

8 years ago from Physorg

At the age of 74, retired roller coaster designer Werner Stengel still spends his days riding the latest loop-de-loops.

Scientists provide an atomic view of the destruction caused by radiation in extreme environments

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- In extreme environments, some materials quickly recover from being hit by energetic ions, while other materials are permanently scarred, according to scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the...

Bayesian Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics: Everything new is actually well-forgotten old …

8 years ago from Science Blog

Some 80-90 years ago, George A. Linhart, unlike A. Einstein, P. Debye, M. Planck and W. Nernst, has managed to derive a very simple, but ultimately general mathematical formula for...

Russian Researchers Call for Better Coordination of Science

8 years ago from Science NOW

More than 2200 researchers sent an open letter to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev last...

Record-breaking carbon dioxide storage capacity enhances ability to capture CO2

8 years ago from Science Daily

Chemists report the "ultimate porosity of a nano material" and records for carbon dioxide storage capacity and porosity in an important class of materials known as MOFs. Porosity in materials...

The parts science cannot reach

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

We need to distinguish in detail all the different sorts of explaining we do in life. No one key opens every lockThe question: Can science explain everything?There has been a great deal...

How physic-al is this mummy?

8 years ago from Science Alert

Teachers and student experience the application of physics to archaeology by using physics to unravel the secrets of a mummy.

Arnold Kramish, Expert on Nuclear Intelligence, Dies at 87

8 years ago from NY Times Science

While working on the Manhattan Project in 1944, Mr. Kramish survived the explosion of a uranium enrichment device.

Students develop a low-cost portable ventilator

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- A team of students from MIT has devised a new low-cost ventilator to keep patients breathing in places that lack standard mechanical ventilators, or during times of emergency...

Dark Energy Measurement Sheds New Light on Universe's Expansion

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- Through observations of massive galaxy clusters, scientists have made the most precise measurements to date of the effects of dark energy and gravity on cosmological scales. This work...

Researcher looks for new ways to keep a dirty situation clean

8 years ago from Physorg

It may sound counterintuitive, but LSU Associate Professor of Chemistry Robert Cook has made a career out of studying the ways organic materials found in the environment, including soils, can...

High thermal conductivity of amorphous silicon – a quantum mechanics size effect?

8 years ago from Science Blog

Higher conductivity of amorphous silicon (a-Si) found in 80 micron samples compared to submicron samples thought to be depend on the mean free path of phonons is negated by the...

Shutting Off the Large Hadron Collider

8 years ago from Physorg

On hilly parts of the Interstate highway system, road engineers provide steep-grade areas with gravel off-ramps for trucks that lose their brakes. The ramps bring the big rigs to a...

Ironing out the causes of wrinkles

8 years ago from Physorg

As a sign of aging or in a suit, wrinkles are almost never welcome, but two papers in the current issue of Physical Review Letters offer some perspective on what...

Putting a (Smiley) Face on Energy Savings

8 years ago from National Geographic

While utilities race to install smart meters, some urge a simpler approach for motivating consumers to use less electricity. ...

See Beautiful Ontario Lacus: Cassini's Guided Tour

This lake on Saturn's moon Titan turns out to be a perfect exotic vacation spot, provided you can handle subzero temperatures and enjoy soaking in liquid hydrocarbon.

Light, instead of electrodes, could control deformable mirrors

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- The field of adaptive optics is advancing in interest as technology makes it possible to use deformable mirrors for a number of applications in optoelectronics. Deformable mirrors usually...

Scientists create improved CO2-absorbing crystals

8 years ago from Reuters:Science

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chemists in South Korea and the United States have improved the design of a type of artificial crystal, doubling the amount of carbon-dioxide they can absorb...

Forces and turbines 'can co-exist'

The Ministry of Defence says it will be consulted on any plans for new offshore wind farms off Scotland's coast.

Ever-increasing circles | Adam Rutherford

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

The domain of knowledge amenable to science has only ever changed in one direction: at the expense of all othersThe question: Can science explain everything?Atom is a word whose origin is paradoxically unscientific....

Senate Democrats Opt for Scaled-Back Energy Bill

8 years ago from NY Times Science

A scaled-back bill would limit carbon pollution by power plants but not by other industries.

Diamonds May Unlock Secrets of Hot-Spot Volcanoes

8 years ago from Science NOW

Carbon crystals offer clues to what's brewing beneath Earth's surface

Fannie and Freddie Are Sued in California

8 years ago from NY Times Science

The California attorney general sues Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over actions by the mortgage companies that have derailed a popular financing program that allows homeowners to pay for solar...