Analysis probes charge transfer in porous battery electrodes for the first time
The electrochemical reactions inside the porous electrodes of batteries and fuel cells have been described by theorists, but never measured directly. Now, a team at MIT has figured out a way to measure the ...
New nano color sorters from Molecular Foundry
Berkeley Lab researchers have engineered a new class of bowtie-shaped devices that capture, filter and steer light at the nanoscale. These "nano-colorsorter" devices act as antennae to focus and sort light ...
Energy simulation may explain turbulence mystery
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new 3D model linking magnetic fields to the transfer of energy in space might help solve a physics mystery first observed in the solar wind 15 years ago.
Minnesota researchers discover how electricity moves through cells
(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers at the University of Minnesota have created a molecular image of a system that moves electrons between proteins in cells. The achievement is a breakthrough for biology and could ...
Genome-scale model of cyanobacterium developed
(Phys.org) -- In an important step toward engineering bacteria to produce biofuel, scientists have developed one of the first global models for the nitrogen-fixing photosynthetic cyanobacterium Cyanothece ...
Mimicking nature, scientists can now extend redox potentials
(PhysOrg.com) -- New insight into how nature handles some fundamental processes is guiding researchers in the design of tailor-made proteins for applications such as artificial photosynthetic centers, long-range ...
A clearer look at how iron reacts in the environment
(Phys.org)—Using ultrafast X-rays, scientists for the first time have watched how quickly electrons hop their way through rust nanoparticles.
Pairing quantum dots with fullerenes for nanoscale photovoltaics
(PhysOrg.com) -- In a step toward engineering ever-smaller electronic devices, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have assembled nanoscale pairings of particles ...
X-rays capture electron 'dance'
(Phys.org)—The way electrons move within and between molecules, transferring energy as they go, plays an important role in many chemical and biological processes, such as the conversion of sunlight to energy ...
Great balls of evolution: Microbiologists evolve microorganisms to cooperate in new way
University of Massachusetts Amherst microbiologists Derek Lovley, Zarath Summers and colleagues report in the Dec. 2 issue of Science that they have discovered a new cooperative behavior in anaerobic bacteria, known as int ...
Affordable, scalable process of carbon nanotube-based catalyst outperforming platinum for electric-automobiles
Korean researchers from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), S. Korea, developed a novel bio-inspired composite electrocatalyst outperforming platinum.
Pink diamond 'behaviour' solved but colour still a mystery
UWA scientists have explained the photochromic behaviour of the pink diamond in an attempt to uncover why they possess their pink colouration.
Research finds bright future for alternative energy with greener solar cells
(Phys.org) -- Even alternative energy technologies can sometimes be a little greener, according to a Kansas State University graduate student's research.
Government delays new ban on Internet gambling
(AP) -- The Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve are giving U.S. financial institutions an additional six months to comply with regulations designed to ban Internet gambling.