Leading scientists call for a stop to non-essential use of fluorochemicals
A number of leading international researchers, amongst others from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, recommend that fluorochemicals are only used where they are absolutely essential, ...
Google buys special effects technology firm Zync
Google on Tuesday announced that it had bought Zync Render, a service that trims costs of special effects by pushing the work into the Internet "cloud."
Black carbon—a major climate pollutant—also linked to cardiovascular health
Black carbon pollutants from wood smoke are known to trap heat near the earth's surface and warm the climate. A new study led by McGill Professor Jill Baumgartner suggests that black carbon may also increase ...
Superabsorbing ring could make light work of snaps
A quantum effect in which excited atoms team up to emit an enhanced pulse of light can be turned on its head to create 'superabsorbing' systems to make the 'ultimate camera pixel'.
Vault nanoparticles show promise for cancer treatment and possible HIV cure
(Phys.org) —A multidisciplinary team of scientists from UCLA and Stanford University has used a naturally occurring nanoparticle called a vault to create a novel drug delivery system that could lead to ...
Some anti-inflammatory drugs affect more than their targets
Researchers have discovered that three commonly used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, alter the activity of enzymes within cell membranes. Their finding suggests that, if taken at higher-than-approved ...
Study to inform Maryland decision on "fracking"
The Maryland Department of Environment and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released on August 18, 2014, a report by the University of Maryland School of Public Health, which assesses the potential ...
'Safer' pesticide could create toxic mercury, study says
A compound in pesticides that replaced another banned for its harmful effects, may threaten humans and wildlife by reacting with mercury in natural water to form a toxic chemical, researchers said Tuesday.
Study of African dust transport to South America reveals air quality impacts
A new study that analyzed concentrations of African dust transported to South America shows large seasonal peaks in winter and spring. These research findings offer new insight on the overall human health ...
Waterloo makes public most complete Antarctic map for climate research
The University of Waterloo has unveiled a new satellite image of Antarctica, and the imagery will help scientists all over the world gain new insight into the effects of climate change.
Arnhem plants the world's first 'urban climate tree'
Arnhem has planted the world's first ever stadsklimaatboom ('urban climate tree') in the Sonsbeekkwartier. This district is experiencing serious heat problems, which are known as the 'urban heat island effect'. ...
Thin films of oxide materials reveal topological electronic properties hidden in the three-dimensional form
Naoto Nagaosa and Bohm-Jung Yang from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science have predicted that thin films of certain iridate compounds could harbor unusual 'topological' electronic properties that ...
Researcher uses Jell-O-like substance to attract and kill cancer cells
(Phys.org) —Chasing cancer cells with chemotherapy drugs can save lives, but there's no guarantee that the treatment will kill every run-away cancer cell in the body.
Quantum simulators explained
Everything you ever wanted to know about quantum simulators summed up in a new review from EPJ Quantum Technology.