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  • June 8, 2014
  • 01:35 PM

New Cathode Makes Li-S Batteries Last Much Longer

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of Arizona in Tucson and Seoul National University in Korea have combined common ingredients to make an inexpensive, high-capacity lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery that can be cycled hundreds of times without losing function.... Read more »

Simmonds, A., Griebel, J., Park, J., Kim, K., Chung, W., Oleshko, V., Kim, J., Kim, E., Glass, R., Soles, C.... (2014) Inverse Vulcanization of Elemental Sulfur to Prepare Polymeric Electrode Materials for Li–S Batteries. ACS Macro Letters, 3(3), 229-232. DOI: 10.1021/mz400649w  

  • June 5, 2014
  • 11:12 AM

Novel Nickel-Based Catalyst Efficiently Splits Water

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

The University of Delaware’s Yushan Yan and his research group synthesized an inexpensive nickel-based catalyst that can split water into oxygen and hydrogen gas.... Read more »

Gao, M., Sheng, W., Zhuang, Z., Fang, Q., Gu, S., Jiang, J., & Yan, Y. (2014) Efficient Water Oxidation Using Nanostructured α-Nickel-Hydroxide as an Electrocatalyst. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136(19), 7077-7084. DOI: 10.1021/ja502128j  

  • June 3, 2014
  • 02:00 PM

Will genetically engineer bacteria for Biofuel

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Utter the word biofuel in the wrong circles and someone is likely to be stabbed. Let’s just say that the topic can be polarizing, but for good reason. Biofuel offers […]... Read more »

Daehwan Chung, Minseok Cha, Adam M. Guss,Janet Westpheling. (2014) Direct conversion of plant biomass to ethanol by engineered Caldicellulosiruptor bescii. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. info:/10.1073/pnas.1402210111

  • June 2, 2014
  • 04:51 PM

Coatings Stabilize Semiconductors for Use in Solar Fuel Generators

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Caltech researchers at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) have devised a method for protecting common semiconductors like silicon and gallium arsenide from corrosion. The finding paves the way for the use of these materials in solar fuel generators.... Read more »

  • June 2, 2014
  • 02:33 PM

Chinese Solar Panels Less Green Than European Ones

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Chinese solar panels have a higher overall carbon footprint and are likely to use substantially more energy during manufacturing than those made in Europe, says a new study from Northwestern University and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory.... Read more »

  • June 1, 2014
  • 03:25 PM

In Science We Trust

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Sure, I could do a poll right now, how many of you are science fans? I figure if you are reading my blog then the answer is most [if not […]... Read more »

  • May 29, 2014
  • 11:47 AM

New Fuel Cell Could Eliminate Waste at Biodiesel Plants

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A new fuel-cell concept, developed by a Michigan State University researcher, will allow biodiesel plants to eliminate the creation of hazardous wastes while removing their dependence on fossil fuel from their production process.... Read more »

  • May 28, 2014
  • 04:32 PM

Diet Soda and Weight loss

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

A quick google for the term diet soda will show you a wide range of “health issues” related to drinking diet drinks. But thankfully a new study sheds light on the truth behind the diet soda and weight loss myth.... Read more »

Peters John C, Wyatt Holly R, Foster Gary D, Pan Zhaoxing, Wojtanowski Alexis C, Vander Veur Stephanie S, Herring Sharon J, Brill Carrie, & Hill James O. (2014) The effects of water and non-nutritive sweetened beverages on weight loss during a 12-week weight loss treatment program. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.), 22(6), 1415-1421. PMID: 24862170  

  • May 27, 2014
  • 09:02 PM

New crystal structure for hydrogen storage: combining lithium with nitrogen- and boron-based materials

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

New crystal structure found combining lithium with organic molecules for chemical hydrogen storage.... Read more »

Moury, R., Demirci, U., Ban, V., Filinchuk, Y., Ichikawa, T., Zeng, L., Goshome, K., & Miele, P. (2014) Lithium Hydrazinidoborane: A Polymorphic Material with Potential for Chemical Hydrogen Storage. Chemistry of Materials, 26(10), 3249-3255. DOI: 10.1021/cm500980b  

  • May 27, 2014
  • 02:45 PM

Solar Freakin’ Roadways- 5 Concerns Analyzed

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Solar Roadways, I know most people have been in support of the new blossoming technology and I’m happy to be a part of that [at least in support]. However, no […]... Read more »

Westover Andrew S, Tian John W, Bernath Shivaprem, Oakes Landon, Edwards Rob, Shabab Farhan N, Chatterjee Shahana, Anilkumar Amrutur V, & Pint Cary L. (2014) A Multifunctional Load-Bearing Solid-State Supercapacitor. Nano letters. PMID: 24823645  

  • May 27, 2014
  • 01:29 PM

Researchers Turn Straw From Oilseed Rape into Biofuel

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Researchers at the Institute of Food Research, UK, are looking at how to turn straw from oilseed rape into biofuel. Preliminary findings are pointing at ways the process could be made more efficient, as well as how the straw itself could be improved.... Read more »

  • May 27, 2014
  • 11:20 AM

“No Oxygen? No Problem!” Says Squid That Can Shut Down Its Metabolism

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

If you’ve ever described your daily routine as leaving a comfortable place and going somewhere nearly incompatible with life, you were probably exaggerating how bad your job is. A Humboldt squid wouldn’t be exaggerating. It spends its days in areas of the ocean with what should be fatally low oxygen levels. To survive, it cranks […]The post “No Oxygen? No Problem!” Says Squid That Can Shut Down Its Metabolism appeared first on Inkfish.... Read more »

  • May 27, 2014
  • 11:09 AM

Research Could Greatly Improve Oil Extraction Techniques

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Oil extraction techniques can be significantly improved by using water with a lower salt content when drilling. However, until now it was unclear which specific physical principles were behind this and what role salt ions played.... Read more »

Siretanu, I., Ebeling, D., Andersson, M., Stipp, S., Philipse, A., Stuart, M., van den Ende, D., & Mugele, F. (2014) Direct observation of ionic structure at solid-liquid interfaces: a deep look into the Stern Layer. Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/srep04956  

  • May 26, 2014
  • 05:12 PM

Novel Battery Tech Harvests Waste Heat

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Researchers at Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found an alternative to thermoelectric devices for low-temperature (less than 100 °C) waste-heat conversion into electricity.... Read more »

Lee, S., Yang, Y., Lee, H., Ghasemi, H., Kraemer, D., Chen, G., & Cui, Y. (2014) An electrochemical system for efficiently harvesting low-grade heat energy. Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4942  

  • May 26, 2014
  • 01:56 PM

Mohawks and Autism- An unlikely connection

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

With how far science has come, eureka moments are becoming harder and harder to have. Most scientists will be lucky if they have one in their lifetime. So yes, rare, […]... Read more »

T. Karayannis, , Fishell G. , Tsien R. W. , Peles E. , Bourgeron T. , Hoeffer C. , Au E. , Markx S. , Kruglikov I. , & Patel J. C. . (2014) Cntnap4 differentially contributes to GABAergic and dopaminergic synaptic transmission. Nature. DOI: 10.1038/nature13248  

  • May 26, 2014
  • 04:43 AM

Occlusion Training: Get Bigger By Lifting Lighter

by Mansi Goel in Workout Trends

Before I answer this question in detail, I will try and explain exactly what occlusion training is, because not a lot of people would have heard of this before.

Occlusion training, a.k.a. blood flow restriction training (makes it easier to understand) in fitness circles, is a technique where while training with heavy weights the blood flow to the target muscles is restricted. It is the limbs where its done usually. Seems crazy right?

How can restriction in blood flow impact muscle growth at all?... Read more »

Loenneke, J., Fahs, C., Wilson, J., & Bemben, M. (2011) Blood flow restriction: The metabolite/volume threshold theory. Medical Hypotheses, 77(5), 748-752. DOI: 10.1016/j.mehy.2011.07.029  

Loenneke, J., Abe, T., Wilson, J., Ugrinowitsch, C., & Bemben, M. (2012) Blood Flow Restriction: How Does It Work?. Frontiers in Physiology. DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2012.00392  

Loenneke, J., Wilson, J., Marín, P., Zourdos, M., & Bemben, M. (2011) Low intensity blood flow restriction training: a meta-analysis. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 112(5), 1849-1859. DOI: 10.1007/s00421-011-2167-x  

  • May 25, 2014
  • 03:12 PM

Land of the Free, Home of the Afraid?

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Let’s take a Loony quiz! Do you believe any of these statements are true? Global warming isn’t real. GMO food is the devil. Organic and all natural are better. Science […]... Read more »

  • May 24, 2014
  • 01:00 PM

Building with Batteries

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Wires, we hate them. It’s okay you can say it, wires are… ugly. I hate throwing out the big “u” word like that, but facts are facts. So what if I […]... Read more »

Westover Andrew S, Tian John W, Bernath Shivaprem, Oakes Landon, Edwards Rob, Shabab Farhan N, Chatterjee Shahana, Anilkumar Amrutur V, & Pint Cary L. (2014) A Multifunctional Load-Bearing Solid-State Supercapacitor. Nano letters. PMID: 24823645  

  • May 23, 2014
  • 01:00 PM

No pain, no [weight] gain?!

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Pain is… well a pain. As it turns out pain does more than just hurt. A study just released shows that chronic pain not only lowers life expectancy, but can […]... Read more »

  • May 21, 2014
  • 07:58 PM

Photocatalysis revisited: new data suggest we've been thinking about catalysis all wrong

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

A new model of photocatalysis has been presented that fits recent data and suggests we need to pick our catalytic materials using completely different performance standards.... Read more »

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