Chemical dial controls attraction between water-repelling molecules
Fear of water may seem like an irrational hindrance to humans, but on a molecular level, it lends order to the world.
Nanosilicon rapidly splits water without light, heat, or electricity
Densest array of carbon nanotubes paves way toward post-silicon technology
Mars may act as a giant planetary pump
Life on other planets could be far more widespread, study finds
(Phys.org) —Earth-sized planets can support life at least ten times further away from stars than previously thought, according to academics at the University of Aberdeen.
New evidence for oceans of water deep in the Earth
Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of New Mexico report evidence for potentially oceans worth of water deep beneath the United States. Though not in the familiar liquid form—the ...
New super waterproof surfaces cause water to bounce like a ball
(Phys.org) —In a basement lab on BYU's campus, mechanical engineering professor Julie Crockett analyzes water as it bounces like a ball and rolls down a ramp.
Team reveals molecular structure of water at gold electrodes
When a solid material is immersed in a liquid, the liquid immediately next to its surface differs from that of the bulk liquid at the molecular level. This interfacial layer is critical to our understanding ...
Another tiny miracle: Graphene oxide soaks up radioactive waste
(Phys.org)—Graphene oxide has a remarkable ability to quickly remove radioactive material from contaminated water, researchers at Rice University and Lomonosov Moscow State University have found.
Watery asteroid discovered in dying star points to habitable exoplanets
Astronomers have found the shattered remains of an asteroid that contained huge amounts of water orbiting an exhausted star, or white dwarf. This suggests that the star GD 61 and its planetary system – ...
Study shows most water in lunar soil generated by solar wind, not result of comet or meteorite impacts
Unexpected water explains surface chemistry of nanocrystals
Danylo Zherebetskyy and his colleagues at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) found unexpected traces of water in semiconducting nanocrystals.
Nano-cone textures generate extremely 'robust' water-repellent surfaces
When it comes to designing extremely water-repellent surfaces, shape and size matter. That's the finding of a group of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, who investigated ...
Water glides freely across 'nanodrapes' made from the world's thinnest material
(Phys.org) —Engineering researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a new drape made from graphene—the thinnest material known to science—which can enhance the water-resistant properties ...