New method for producing clean hydrogen
Duke University engineers have developed a novel method for producing clean hydrogen, which could prove essential to weaning society off of fossil fuels and their environmental implications.
Soils in newly forested areas store substantial carbon that could help offset climate change
Surface appearances can be so misleading: In most forests, the amount of carbon held in soils is substantially greater than the amount contained in the trees themselves.
New technique to transform precious metal recovery
(Phys.org) —Murdoch University researchers have come up with a new approach to make the recovery of high value precious metals faster and more economically viable.
X-ray laser sees photosynthesis in action
Opening a new window on the way plants generate the oxygen we breathe, researchers used an X-ray laser at the Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to simultaneously look at the ...
Genes allow bacteria to mess with mercury, study finds
By identifying two genes required for transforming inorganic into organic mercury, which is far more toxic, scientists today have taken a significant step toward protecting human health.
Team achieves more efficient gas separations using new polymer that selectively sieves gas molecules
A new polymer developed by researchers at Cardiff University may lead to more efficient large-scale separation of gas mixtures for chemical engineering and energy generation.
Engineered bacteria make fuel from sunlight
Chemists at the University of California, Davis, have engineered blue-green algae to grow chemical precursors for fuels and plastics—the first step in replacing fossil fuels as raw materials for the chemical industry.
Even in same vineyard, different microbes may create variations in wine grapes
Choosing the perfect wine may soon involve more than just knowing the perfect vintage and chateau. Differences in the microbes present on grapes even in different parts of the same vineyard may contribute to flavor fluctuations ...
Mercury released into air contaminates ocean fish: Study publishes major findings
In new research published in a special issue of the journal Environmental Research and in "Sources to Seafood: Mercury Pollution in the Marine Environment"— a companion report by the Dartmouth-led Coasta ...
Team develops lignin-based thermoplastic conversion process
(Phys.org)—Turning lignin, a plant's structural "glue" and a byproduct of the paper and pulp industry, into something considerably more valuable is driving a research effort headed by Amit Naskar of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Samsung will open up on big.LITTLE processor at ISSCC
Filming bacterial life in multicolor as a new diagnostic and antibiotic discovery tool
(Phys.org)—An international team of scientists led by Indiana University chemist Michael S. VanNieuwenhze and biologist Yves Brun has discovered a revolutionary new method for coloring the cell wall of ...
Intel's plans for quadcore SoC chips discovered
Synthetic nanotubes lay foundation for new technology: Artificial pores mimic key features of natural pores
(Phys.org) -- Scientists have overcome key design hurdles to expand the potential uses of nanopores and nanotubes. The creation of smart nanotubes with selective mass transport opens up a wider range of applications ...