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Researchers Grow Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes with Identical Electronic Properties

August 13, 2014

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Scientists Grow Custom Made Nanotubes

Using custom-made organic precursor molecules, researchers have succeeded for the first time in growing single-walled carbon nanotubes with identical electronic properties. In future, it will be possible to specifically equip carbon nanotubes with properties which they need for electronic applications, for example. Researchers at Empa in Dübendorf/Switzerland and the Max Planck Institute for Solid State […]

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Holey Graphene Framework Boosts the Energy Density of Electrochemical Capacitors

August 8, 2014

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Special Graphene Material Significantly Boosts the Energy Density of Electrochemical Capacitors

Scientists at UCLA have developed a new graphene material that bridges gap between traditional capacitors and batteries, boosting the energy density of electrochemical capacitors and putting them on a par with lead acid batteries. Researchers at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA have set the stage for a watershed in mobile energy storage by […]

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Scientists Develop Membrane that Responds to Solvent Vapor

July 23, 2014

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Material Scientists Develop Membrane that Responds to Solvent Vapor

Material scientists have produced a membrane that curls very quickly when it comes into contact with the vapor from organic solvents, imitating biological structures which respond to an external stimulus like the Venus flytrap. An artificial skin now presented by a team working with scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in […]

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First Experimental Evidence of Boron “Buckyball”

July 14, 2014

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Researchers Discover Boron Buckyball

An international team of researchers has shown that boron, carbon’s neighbor on the periodic table, can form a cage-like molecule similar to the buckyball. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — The discovery 30 years ago of soccer-ball-shaped carbon molecules called buckyballs helped to spur an explosion of nanotechnology research. Now, there appears to be a […]

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Scientists Create a New Graphene-Type Material

May 22, 2014

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Scientists Create a New Graphene Type Material TGCN

Researchers create triazine-based graphitic carbon nitride (TGCN), a new material that was predicted theoretically in 1996 with the potential to improve transistors used in electronic devices. Scientists at the University of Liverpool have created a new material, related to graphene, which has the potential to improve transistors used in electronic devices. The new material, ‘triazine-based […]

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Scientists Create a Copper-Based Catalyst that Produces Large Quantities of Ethanol

April 14, 2014

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Scientists Create a Copper Based Catalyst that Produces Large Quantities of Ethanol

A team of scientists from Stanford University has created a copper-based catalyst that produces large quantities of ethanol from carbon monoxide gas at room temperature. Stanford University scientists have found a new, highly efficient way to produce liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas. This promising discovery could provide an eco-friendly alternative to conventional ethanol production […]

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Newly Discovered Catalyst Could Lead to the Clean Production of Methanol

March 4, 2014

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Newly Discovered Catalyst Could Lead to the Clean Production of Methanol

An international team of scientists has created a new nickel-gallium catalyst that could be used to convert hydrogen and carbon dioxide emissions into methanol. A research team has discovered a potentially clean, low-cost way to convert carbon dioxide into methanol, a key ingredient in the production of plastics, adhesives and solvents, and a promising fuel […]

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New State of Matter Known as “Disordered Hyperuniformity” Discovered in the Cells in a Chicken’s Eye

February 25, 2014

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Researchers Discover New State of Matter

Researchers have discovered the first known biological occurrence of a potentially new state of matter known as “disordered hyperuniformity” in the cells in a chicken’s eye. Along with eggs, soup and rubber toys, the list of the chicken’s most lasting legacies may eventually include advanced materials such as self-organizing colloids, or optics that can transmit […]

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Researchers Use Nanoparticles to Split Water into Hydrogen and Oxygen

December 16, 2013

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Researchers Use Nanoparticles and Light to Split Water into Hydrogen and Oxygen

In a newly published study, researchers detail the discovery of a new photocatalyst, demonstrating the use of cobalt oxide nanoparticles to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. Researchers from the University of Houston have found a catalyst that can quickly generate hydrogen from water using sunlight, potentially creating a clean and renewable source of energy. […]

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Cerium Oxide Nanocrystals Act as Super Antioxidants

October 15, 2013

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Scientists Create a Super Antioxidant

Scientists at Rice University have created cerium oxide nanospheres that could help treat injuries, guard against radiation-induced side effects of cancer therapy and protect astronauts from space radiation. Scientists at Rice University are enhancing the natural antioxidant properties of an element found in a car’s catalytic converter to make it useful for medical applications. Rice […]

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Newly Discovered Protein Offers Vast Potential for Cancer Treatment

July 31, 2013

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Newly Discovered Protein Offers Potential for Treatment of Cancer

An international team of researchers has discovered a new protein called ceramide-1 phosphate transport protein (CPTP) that has the potential to aid in the treatment of cancer and other diseases. In cancer research, discovering a new protein that plays a role in cancer is like finding a key and a treasure map: follow the clues […]

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Researchers Identify a New Form of Carbon: Grossly Warped ‘Nanographene’

July 15, 2013

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A New Form of Carbon

A team of researchers has identified a new form of carbon, a “grossly warped nanographene.” Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts – Chemists at Boston College and Nagoya University in Japan have synthesized the first example of a new form of carbon, the team reports in the most recent online edition of the journal Nature Chemistry. The new […]

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New Material State “Defies” Laws of Physics

June 13, 2013

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New Material State Defies Laws of Physics

In a newly published study, researchers from the Argonne National Laboratory detail how they seemingly defied the laws of physics, using hydrostatic pressure to make dense materials with interpenetrated atomic frameworks into novel porous materials. Lemont, Illinois – When you squeeze something, it gets smaller. Unless you’re at Argonne National Laboratory. At the suburban Chicago […]

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Scientists Complete 3D Visual Map of Telomerase Enzyme

April 12, 2013

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Researchers Map 3D Structure of Telomerase Enzyme

UCLA and UC Berkeley researchers have completed the first visual map of the telomerase enzyme, reporting the positions of each component of the enzyme relative to one another and the complete organization of the enzyme’s active site. Like finally seeing all the gears of a watch and how they work together, researchers from UCLA and […]

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Goddard Lab Researchers Study the Chemistry of Cosmic Ice

March 5, 2013

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Goddard Lab Works on Cosmic Ice

Goddard’s Cosmic Ice Lab is one of a few laboratories where researchers study the chemistry of cosmic ice, reproducing reactions in ice from almost any time and place in the history of the solar system, including some that might help explain the origin of life. Behind locked doors, in a lab built like a bomb […]

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Researchers Discover an Important Pair of Prebiotic Molecules in Interstellar Space

February 28, 2013

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Researchers Discover an Important Pair of Prebiotic Molecules in Interstellar Space

Scientists using the Green Bank Telescope have discovered a pair of prebiotic molecules in interstellar space, suggesting that some basic chemicals needed for life may have formed on dusty ice grains floating between the stars. The scientists used the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia to study a giant cloud of […]

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“Proto-RNA Bases” Assemble in Water, Hint at Origins of Life

February 21, 2013

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An Alternate Theory For The Origin Of RNA

A newly published study explores an alternate theory for the origin of RNA, achieving highly ordered self-assembly in water with small molecules that are similar to the bases of RNA and possibly providing insights into the origin of the first RNA-like polymers. The base pairs that hold together two pieces of RNA, the older cousin […]

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Beer’s Bitter Compounds May Result in New Treatments for Diabetes and Other Maladies

January 30, 2013

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Humulone Molecule

Using a process called X-ray crystallography, scientists at the University of Washington have determined the precise configuration of humulones, which may result in new pharmaceuticals to treat diabetes, some types of cancer and other maladies. Researchers employing a century-old observational technique have determined the precise configuration of humulones, substances derived from hops that give beer […]

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