Where did all the xenon go?

(Phys.org) —The noble gas xenon should be found in terrestrial and Martian atmospheres, but researchers have had a hard time finding it.

Ceramic foam cleans up exhaust gases

The introduction next year of the Euro 6 exhaust-gas standard means that catalytic converters will become more expensive, above all for diesel vehicles. Empa is working on a catalytic substrate made of ceramic foam which, ...

Israel firms invest in Cyprus energy search

Israeli firms Delek and Avner signed an agreement on Monday to acquire a 30 percent stake in exploration rights for gas and oil off Cyprus's southern shore carried out by US company Noble Energy.

Playing pool with atoms

(PhysOrg.com) -- The scientist who developed the world’s most sensitive spectrometer for identifying atoms on a material’s surface came to Lehigh recently to give a talk at the only U.S. lab that is equipped with ...

Noble gas detection system reaches maturity

The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization certified the first noble gas detection system at its radionuclide station in Charlottesville, Va., United States, on Aug. 19, 2010. The ...

Helium rain on Jupiter explains lack of neon in atmosphere

(PhysOrg.com) -- On Earth, helium is a gas used to float balloons, as in the movie "Up." In the interior of Jupiter, however, conditions are so strange that, according to predictions by University of California, Berkeley, ...

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