'Kind and Gentle' Molecular Machine Could Operate at Near-Equilibrium
Researchers create materials that reproduce cephalopods' ability to quickly change colors and textures
Cephalopods, which include octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish, are among nature's most skillful camouflage artists, able to change both the color and texture of their skin within seconds to blend into their ...
Chemists create 'assembly-line' for organic molecules
(Phys.org) —Scientists at the University of Bristol have developed a process where reagents are added to a growing carbon chain with extraordinary high fidelity and precise orientation, thereby controlling ...
New study revisits Miller-Urey experiment at the quantum level
For the first time, researchers have reproduced the results of the Miller-Urey experiment in a computer simulation, yielding new insight into the effect of electricity on the formation of life's building ...
Scientists create renewable fossil fuel alternative using bacteria
The development is a step towards commercial production of a source of fuel that could one day provide an alternative to fossil fuels.
Scientists develop a water splitter that runs on an ordinary AAA battery
In 2015, American consumers will finally be able to purchase fuel cell cars from Toyota and other manufacturers. Although touted as zero-emissions vehicles, most of the cars will run on hydrogen made from ...
Bionic liquids from lignin: New results pave the way for closed loop biofuel refineries
(Phys.org) —While the powerful solvents known as ionic liquids show great promise for liberating fermentable sugars from lignocellulose and improving the economics of advanced biofuels, an even more promising ...
Water's reaction with metal oxides opens doors for researchers
A multi-institutional team has resolved a long-unanswered question about how two of the world's most common substances interact.
A breath reveals a hidden image in anti-counterfeit drug labels
An outline of Marilyn Monroe's iconic face appeared on the clear, plastic film when a researcher fogs it with her breath.
Cheap and compact medical testing: Researchers develop simple detector
(Phys.org) —Harvard researchers have created an inexpensive detector that can be used by health care workers in the world's poorest areas to monitor diabetes, detect malaria, discover environmental pollutants, ...
Researchers discover ant rivals mix venom creating first instance of naturally occurring ionic liquid
Scientists develop pioneering new spray-on solar cells
(Phys.org) —A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electricity.
Two teams pave way for advances in 2D materials
Highly efficient nanoparticles could bring down the cost of fuel cells
(Phys.org) —Fuel cells are a promising, non-polluting way to power cars, but their platinum catalysts are so expensive that there's no way current technology could be economically scaled up for widespread ...