A nanoscale glimpse of batteries in action

Lithium–oxygen (Li–O2) batteries are a new type of experimental battery that electric car manufacturers are hoping will address the issue of limited driving range. Unlike the lithium-ion batteries used today, lithium–oxygen ...

dateSep 13, 2013 in Materials Science
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Bioinspired catalyst splits water

Plants use photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide and water into sugars and oxygen. The process starts in a cluster of manganese, calcium and oxygen atoms at the heart of a protein complex called photosystem II, which splits ...

dateAug 08, 2014 in Materials Science
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A new route to dissipationless electronics

A team of researchers at RIKEN and the University of Tokyo has demonstrated a new material that promises to eliminate loss in electrical power transmission. The surprise is that their methodology for solving this classic ...

dateAug 19, 2012 in General Physics
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A roundabout route to protein production

Proteins are typically encoded by linear strands of messenger RNA (mRNA). These mRNA molecules are translated into polypeptide chains by ribosomes, with each ribosomal read-through of the mRNA generating a single, discrete ...

dateJul 12, 2013 in Biochemistry
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Making holograms look more real

(PhysOrg.com) -- Although human vision is capable of perceiving objects in three dimensions (3D), we spend much of our day looking at two-dimensional screens. The latest televisions and monitors can trick us into perceiving ...

dateJun 24, 2011 in General Physics
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Quantum dots make efficient decisions

Even the simplest forms of life face an endless barrage of decisions—where to search for sustenance, for example, or how to avoid predators. Various mathematical models can mimic these decision-making processes, coming ...

dateNov 22, 2013 in Nanophysics
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