NASA's CATS eyes clouds, smoke and dust from the space station
Turn on any local TV weather forecast and you can get a map of where skies are blue or cloudy. But for scientists trying to figure out how clouds affect the Earth's environment, what's happening inside that ...
A quantum leap in nanoparticle efficiency
(Phys.org) —New research has unlocked the secrets of efficiency in nanomaterials, that is, materials with very tiny particles, which will improve the future development of chemical sensors used in chemical ...
Physicists find simple solution for quantum technology challenge
A solution to one of the key challenges in the development of quantum technologies has been proposed by University of Sussex physicists.
Nanoparticles get a magnetic handle
A long-sought goal of creating particles that can emit a colorful fluorescent glow in a biological environment, and that could be precisely manipulated into position within living cells, has been achieved ...
Study shows most water in lunar soil generated by solar wind, not result of comet or meteorite impacts
Study sheds new light on why batteries go bad
A comprehensive look at how tiny particles in a lithium ion battery electrode behave shows that rapid-charging the battery and using it to do high-power, rapidly draining work may not be as damaging as researchers ...
How can we find tiny particles in exoplanet atmospheres?
It may seem like magic, but astronomers have worked out a scheme that will allow them to detect and measure particles ten times smaller than the width of a human hair, even at many light-years distance. ...
Study of aerosols stands to improve climate models
(Phys.org) —Aerosols, tiny particles in the atmosphere, play a significant role in Earth's climate, scattering and absorbing incoming sunlight and affecting the formation and properties of clouds. Currently, ...
Improving the stability of clay for construction
Researchers at the Universiti Teknologi MARA mixed clay with various waste materials to enhance its engineering quality.
Fracking flowback could pollute groundwater with heavy metals
The chemical makeup of wastewater generated by "hydrofracking" could cause the release of tiny particles in soils that often strongly bind heavy metals and pollutants, exacerbating the environmental risks ...
Rosetta image demonstrates the unpredictable nature of comets
(Phys.org) —An image snapped earlier this month by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft shows its target comet has quietened, demonstrating the unpredictable nature of these enigmatic objects.
Researchers study water cycle and cloud formation and design computer algorithm models to understand impact
In the past, many atmospheric scientists believed that pollen particles probably had a negligible effect on climate because they were so big. In recent years, however, as they began to realize that pollen ...
Multilayer nanofibre face mask helps to combat pollution
Researchers at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University have developed a ground-breaking filter technology that guards against the finest pollutants in the air.
Africa to spew half world's particle pollution by 2030, study says
With its exploding urban population burning ever more coal and wood, Africa could contribute as much as 55 percent of the world's particle pollutants by 2030, a study said Tuesday.