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Chinese team sends quantum keys to ground stations and teleports ground to satellite signals

1 week ago from Physorg

(Phys.org)—Two Chinese teams working with quantum encryption and entanglement have achieved two more goals toward building a quantum space-based communication network. In the first experiment, one team succeeded in sending...

Successful filming of fastest aurora flickering

1 week ago from Physorg

Auroras are typically described as slowly shimmering curtains of light illuminating the sky. However, when an explosive aurora known as a breakup occurs, it sometimes leads to a flickering phenomenon....

Electrofishing: Saviour of the sea or fracking of the oceans?

A controversial new fishing technique is being tested in the Netherlands using electric pulses.

Analysis highlights failings in US's advanced nuclear program

1 week ago from Physorg

Despite repeated promises over the past 18 years, the US Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) is unlikely to deliver on its mission to develop and demonstrate an advanced nuclear reactor...

Landscapes give latitude to 2-D material designers

1 week ago from Science Daily

Researchers predict and experimentally confirm that two-dimensional materials grown onto a cone allows control over where defects appear. These defects, called grain boundaries, can be used to enhance the materials'...

Growing a Startup with a Big Impact From a Tiny Fungi

1 week ago from Newswise - Scinews

A startup company working with Argonne's Chain Reaction Innovations is designing a new form of activated carbon for use in filtration, chemical separation and biogas conditioning.

Missouri S&T Professor Earns Patent for Energy Storage Technology

1 week ago from Newswise - Scinews

ceramic engineering professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology has received a federal patent for his latest innovation, a multi-layer ceramic capacitor that could help boost energy storage in...

Smart windows that go from clear to dark in under a minute

1 week ago from Science Daily

Engineers have developed dynamic windows that can switch from transparent to opaque or back again in under a minute and do not degrade over time. The prototypes are plates of...

A battery-inspired strategy for carbon fixation

1 week ago from Science Daily

Scientists working toward the elusive lithium-air battery discovered an unexpected approach to capturing and storing carbon dioxide away from the atmosphere. Using a design intended for a lithium-CO2 battery, researchers...

Record-breaking martial artist has 16 concrete blocks broken on his chest

1 week ago from UPI

A martial artist in Turkey set a new world record by having more than a dozen concrete blocks smashed on his chest in a matter of seconds.

Scientists shine new light on the 'other high temperature superconductor'

1 week ago from Physorg

A study led by scientists of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science in Hamburg presents evidence of...

Power-to-liquid: 200 liters of fuel from solar power and the air's carbon dioxide

1 week ago from Science Daily

Production of fuels from regenerative electric power is a component of the energy turnaround. The first 200 l of synthetic fuel have now been produced from solar energy and the...

GE closing Rochester plant, work being moved to China

1 week ago from Physorg

General Electric says it will close its manufacturing facility in Rochester next year and the work will be moved to China.

Russia Wants Innovation, but It’s Arresting Its Innovators

1 week ago from NY Times Science

The detention of a Siberian scientist turned high-tech entrepreneur stirs dismay as Russia struggles to diversify its faltering economy beyond oil and gas.

Updated computer code improves prediction of particle motion in plasma experiments

1 week ago from Physorg

A computer code used by physicists around the world to analyze and predict tokamak experiments can now approximate the behavior of highly energetic atomic nuclei, or ions, in fusion plasmas...

New optical method pinpoints weak spots in jet engine thermal coatings

1 week ago from Physorg

Researchers have demonstrated, for the first time, that an optical analysis method can reveal weak areas in ceramic thermal barrier coatings that protect jet engine turbines from high temperatures and...

Nagasaki mayor marks 72nd anniversary of atomic bombing

1 week ago from UPI

Nagasaki's mayor marked the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing by demanding Japan join a recently adopted U.N. treaty banning nuclear weapons.

Rare pink dolphin spotted near boat in Louisiana

1 week ago from UPI

A couple on a traveling in a boat along a ship channel in Louisiana spotted a rare pink dolphin.

How ambient energy could power the Internet of things

1 week ago from Physorg

In the modern world, we are increasingly surrounded by digital sensors, cameras and communications devices sending data cloud-based analysis services. Those devices need power, and designers are finding new ways...

How cicadas manage to 'wing it'

1 week ago from Physorg

Unlike locusts and many other flying insects, cicadas don't soar through the air with the greatest of ease. Now in a study appearing the ACS' The Journal of Physical Chemistry...

The science of how 83 German officers tunnelled out of a Welsh prison camp in 1945

1 week ago from Physorg

It only takes the opening notes of the theme tune to 1963 classic film The Great Escape for most people to conjure up images of the lives of prisoners of...

Team researches thermal conductivity of cable bedding materials

1 week ago from Physorg

The trouble-free operation of the energy distribution grid presents a challenge in the era of renewable energy sources. Researchers at TU Darmstadt demonstrate how grid operators can operate and expand...

Scientists creating an atomic 'Lego set' of 2-D wonder materials

1 week ago from Physorg

The strongest material known to mankind was first discovered with sticky tape. Today, this two-dimensional (2-D) version of carbon known as graphene is the subject of intense research around the...

Surgeons go green—recycling general anaesthetic

1 week ago from Physorg

One of the paradoxes of the medical marvel known as general anaesthesia is that in helping us to get well, those anaesthetic gases are also heating our planet. Now, a...

Chemical looping combustion for CO2-neutral gas facilities

1 week ago from Physorg

A novel gas combustion method removing the need for expensive gas separation has been successfully scaled-up. The novel method has gas-to-steam efficiency penalties much lower than alternative CO2 capture technologies,...

Engineers pioneer platinum shell formation process, achieve first-ever observation

1 week ago from Physorg

UCI researchers have devised a new method of dynamically forming a platinum shell on a metallic alloy nanoparticle core, a development that may lead to better materials for oxygen reduction...

With a gentle touch, scientists push us closer to flash memory successor

1 week ago from Physorg

Sometimes a light touch is best: When you're telling a joke or hammering a tiny finishing nail into a wall, a gentle delivery often succeeds most effectively. Research at the...

Pittsburgh Steelers offense focuses on the red zone

1 week ago from UPI

The Pittsburgh Steelers are still waiting for two of their most important players to step onto the practice field.