Solar-powered process could decrease carbon dioxide to pre-industrial levels in 10 years
In world's first, atomic force microscope sees chemical bonds in individual molecules (w/ video)
(Phys.org)—IBM scientists have been able to differentiate the chemical bonds in individual molecules for the first time using a technique known as noncontact atomic force microscopy (AFM).
Planck mission steps closer to the cosmic blueprint
(PhysOrg.com) -- ESA's Planck mission has revealed that our Galaxy contains previously undiscovered islands of cold gas and a mysterious haze of microwaves. These results give scientists new treasure to mine ...
Gaseous ring around young star raises questions
(PhysOrg.com) -- Astronomers have detected a mysterious ring of carbon monoxide gas around the young star V1052 Cen, which is about 700 light years away in the southern constellation Centaurus. The ring is ...
X-ray laser breakthrough research shows chemical reaction in real time
The ultrafast, ultrabright X-ray pulses of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) have enabled unprecedented views of a catalyst in action, an important step in the effort to develop cleaner and more efficient ...
Molecular graphene heralds new era of 'designer electrons'
Researchers from Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have created the first-ever system of "designer electrons" exotic variants of ordinary electrons with tunable properties ...
Solar rays could replace petroleum fuels, research shows
(PhysOrg.com) -- Alternative fuel sources for cars may have a glowing future as a Kansas State University graduate student is working to replace petroleum fuels with ones made from sunlight.
New reactor paves the way for efficiently producing fuel from sunlight
Using a common metal most famously found in self-cleaning ovens, Sossina Haile hopes to change our energy future. The metal is cerium oxideor ceriaand it is the centerpiece of a promising new technology ...
Astronomers discover and 'weigh' youngest still-forming planetary system yet found
Astronomers have found the youngest still-forming solar system yet seen, an infant star surrounded by a swirling disk of dust and gas more than 450 light-years from Earth in the constellation Taurus.
Researchers stretch C-O bond to record length
Astronomers find weird, warm spot on an exoplanet
(PhysOrg.com) -- Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal a distant planet with a warm spot in the wrong place.
Cold case: Siberian hot springs reveal ancient ecology (w/ video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- Exotic bacteria that do not rely on oxygen may have played an important role in determining the composition of Earth's early atmosphere, according to a theory that UChicago researcher Albert ...
Comet collisions every six seconds explain 17-year-old stellar mystery
(Phys.org)—Every six seconds, for millions of years, comets have been colliding with one another near a star in the constellation Cetus called 49 CETI, which is visible to the naked eye.
Latest EPOXI findings on Comet Hartley 2 published
Comet Hartley 2, is in a hyperactive class of its own compared to other comets visited by spacecraft, says a University of Maryland-led study published in the June 17 issue of the journal Science.