Scientists discover tiny microbes with potential to cleanse waterways
A seven-year scientific study has revealed that microbial communities in urban waterways has the potential to play an important role in cleansing Singapore's waterways and also act as raw water quality indicators.
Pitch for support, in Spanish and offering recognition, scores for nonprofit
Messaging matters, and tailoring communications to resonate with a target audience can pay off for a nonprofit organization seeking new support.
Microbial diversity throughout ice sheet melt season
Researchers in the School of Geographical Sciences recently published the first ever study of the effects of snow and wind on the ecology of micro-organisms on the Greenland Ice Sheet.
First proof of isolated attosecond pulse generation at the carbon K-edge
Nature Communications has published a study in which ICFO researchers have been able to demonstrate, for the first time, the generation of isolated attosecond pulses at the water window. This achievement permits tracking and vi ...
Why 'baking powder' increases efficiency of plastic solar cells
The efficiency of plastic solar cells can be doubled or tripled if an extra solvent is added during the production process, comparable with the role of baking powder in dough mixture. Exactly how this works ...
Organic electronics could lead to cheap, wearable medical sensors
(Phys.org) —Future fitness trackers could soon add blood-oxygen levels to the list of vital signs measured with new technology developed by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley.
Free pores for molecule transport
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) can take up gases similar to a sponge that soaks up liquids. Hence, these highly porous materials are suited for storing hydrogen or greenhouse gases. However, loading of many ...
A breakthrough for organic reactions in water
Green-chemistry researchers at McGill University have discovered a way to use water as a solvent in one of the reactions most widely used to synthesize chemical products and pharmaceuticals.
Two-stroke scooters are 'super-polluters', study finds
Scientists on Tuesday pointed the finger at two-stroke scooters, a ubiquitous sight in developing countries, for massively contributing to local air pollution.
Information storage for the next generation of plastic computers
Inexpensive computers, cell phones and other systems that substitute flexible plastic for silicon chips may be one step closer to reality, thanks to research published on April 16 in the journal Nature Communications.
Engineers make world's fastest organic transistor, herald new generation of see-through electronics
Two university research teams have worked together to produce the world's fastest thin-film organic transistors, proving that this experimental technology has the potential to achieve the performance needed ...
How does soil store CO2?
Global CO2 emissions continue to rise—in 2012 alone, 35.7 billion tons of this greenhouse gas entered the atmosphere. Some of it is absorbed by the oceans, plants and soil. They provide a significant reservoir ...
Transformational research combines solid-state and biological components
An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Columbia University, led by Ken Shepard, professor of electrical engineering and biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering and including Virginia W. Cornish, ...
New catalyst dives into water to produce hydrogen
(Phys.org) —Few catalysts are energy efficient, highly active, stable, and operate in water, but a nickel-based catalyst designed at the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis at Pacific Northwest National ...