US companies lead charge to unleash the potential of the battery for grid energy storage
Hurricane Sandy's recent demonstration of our reliance on steady and reliable power production to run almost every aspect of our lives has brought into sharp focus our urgent need to find back-up solutions.
Carbon nanotubes lower nerve-damaging chloride in cells
A nanomaterial engineered by researchers at Duke can help regulate chloride levels in nerve cells that contribute to chronic pain, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.
The flip side of salting winter roads
Swedish scientists have studied models to help road and bridge maintenance engineers work out how much damage salting the roads in winter might cause to steel-reinforced concrete structures.
PEFT: Clever thinking creates cleaner water
Two chemists from the University of Waikato have come up with an innovative method for treating bore water on Waikato farms.
Model suggests water could flow on Mars: Researchers look at melting and evaporation of frozen brines
(Phys.org)—University of Arkansas researchers have created a model that might explain how water could produce the flow patterns seen by a spacecraft orbiting Mars.
Lithium chloride enables neutron studies of protein-solvent interactions at supercold temperatures
Researchers at the Spallation Neutron Source BASIS beam line at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have successfully developed a method to study biomolecules (proteins) at temperatures ...
Studying biosamples at 'supercold' temperatures—without freezing—now a reality
(Phys.org)—Researchers at the Spallation Neutron Source BASIS beam line at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have successfully developed a method to study biomolecules (proteins) ...
Light-activated reversal of anesthesia
In a new study, a light-sensitive moiety has been added to propofol, a commonly used anesthetic, allowing its narcotic effect to be controlled by light. The compound also offers a possible route to the treatment of certain ...
Searching salt for answers about life on Earth, Mars
Wichita State University associate professor Mark Schneegurt recently had a paper published in the journal Astrobiology.
Palladium-gold nanoparticles clean TCE a billion times faster than iron filings
In the first side-by-side tests of a half-dozen palladium- and iron-based catalysts for cleaning up the carcinogen TCE, Rice University scientists have found that palladium destroys TCE far faster than iron ...
Bridges get a quick check-up with new imaging technique
Swiss engineers have developed a new imaging technique that lets them see the insides of massive concrete bridges. Much like a sonogram, this technique provides quick, easy-to-interpret images, so that the ...
NASA sees new salt in an ancient sea
(Phys.org) -- The expansion of massive salt evaporation projects on the Dead Sea are clearly visible in this time series of images taken by Landsat satellites operated by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey.
Graphene battery demonstrated to power an LED
Road runoff spurring spotted salamander evolution
Spotted salamanders exposed to contaminated roadside ponds are adapting to their toxic environments, according to a Yale paper in Scientific Reports. This study provides the first documented evidence that a vertebrate has ...