New twist on old chemical process could boost energy efficiency
Chemical reactions on the surface of metal oxides, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, are important for applications such as solar cells that convert the sun's energy to electricity. Now University of ...
Carbon dioxide emissions reach record high
Emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide reached an all-time high last year, further reducing the chances that the world could avoid a dangerous rise in global average temperature by 2020, according to the International ...
Two new excited states of the Lambda-b beauty particle observed by LHCb
In beautiful agreement with the Standard Model, two new excited states of the Λb beauty particle have just been observed by the LHCb Collaboration. Similarly to protons and neutrons, Λb is composed of three qua ...
Graphite enters different states of matter
(Phys.org) -- For the first time, scientists have seen an X-ray-irradiated mineral go to two different states of matter in about 40 femtoseconds (a femtosecond is one quadrillionth of a second).
Spain the dunces in international science test
Spaniards came bottom of the class in an 11-nation science test and nearly half of them could not name a single important scientist in history, a survey showed Tuesday.
US greenhouse gases back up after decline
US emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for climate change rose in 2010, ending a brief downward turn as the world's largest economy gradually recovers from recession, official data showed Monday.
US grabs lead over China in clean energy race
The United States has regained the lead in the clean energy race, investing $48 billion last year to surpass China, which held the world's top spending spot since 2009, said a study Wednesday.
Generating first-ever controlled ultrafast radiation, using a plasma
To observe ultrarapid phenomena such as the motion of electrons within matter, researchers need sources capable of producing extremely fast and energetic light radiation. Although devices capable of emitting ...
Dance like a neutrino: Quantum scheme to simulate neutrino oscillations
The behaviour of some of the most elusive particles in the known universe can be simulated using three atoms in a lab, researchers at the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) at the National University of Singapore have ...
Reduction in US carbon emissions attributed to cheaper natural gas
In 2009, when the United States fell into economic recession, greenhouse gas emissions also fell, by 6.59 percent relative to 2008.
Time crystals could behave almost like perpetual motion machines
US and Spain discuss cleanup of nuclear radiation
The United States is offering technical assistance to Spain to clean up land contaminated by radiation from undetonated nuclear bombs that accidentally fell on the area in 1966, the US State Department announced ...
Foldit gamers improve protein design through crowdsourcing
New material for thermonuclear fusion reactors
Scientists at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Oxford University and the University of Michigan have joined efforts to develop new materials for thermonuclear fusion reactors. Their research focuses on characterization ...