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  • June 25, 2014
  • 01:00 PM

Anti-aging drug has a Catch… but not for Long

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Dietary restriction holds the key to longevity. It’s no secret that as you drastically reduce calories, your metabolism will slow down with it [ask anyone who's tried to crash diet […]... Read more »

Yu Z, Wang R, Fok WC, Coles A, Salmon AB, & Pérez VI. (2014) Rapamycin and Dietary Restriction Induce Metabolically Distinctive Changes in Mouse Liver. The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences. PMID: 24755936  

  • June 24, 2014
  • 01:34 PM

Autism and Pesticides: What, too obvious?

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

There have been a few different things linked to children who fall under the Autism Spectrum Disorder. A combination of genetic and environmental factors, along with complications during pregnancy have been associated […]... Read more »

Shelton, J., Geraghty, E., Tancredi, D., Delwiche, L., Schmidt, R., Ritz, B., Hansen, R., & Hertz-Picciotto, I. (2014) Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Prenatal Residential Proximity to Agricultural Pesticides: The CHARGE Study. Environmental Health Perspectives. DOI: 10.1289/ehp.1307044  

  • June 24, 2014
  • 10:45 AM

City Birds Are Adapted for Every Kind of Stress

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

Whether you make your home in a high-rise apartment building or a drainpipe, city life has a different pace than country life. Urban environments mean an endless series of challenges for your mind and body: noise, crowds, pollution, quick decisions while facing oncoming vehicles. City-dwelling humans like to think of themselves as  tough and not […]The post City Birds Are Adapted for Every Kind of Stress appeared first on Inkfish.... Read more »

Costantini, D., Greives, T., Hau, M., & Partecke, J. (2014) Does urban life change blood oxidative status in birds?. Journal of Experimental Biology. DOI: 10.1242/​jeb.106450  

  • June 23, 2014
  • 09:19 PM

More bang for your photonic buck: nano-engineered quantum dots provide avenue for improved solar cell efficiency

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

New national lab research has found a specific quantum dot structure optimized for multiexciton generation, an exciting new lead for improved solar cell efficiency.... Read more »

Cirloganu CM, Padilha LA, Lin Q, Makarov NS, Velizhanin KA, Luo H, Robel I, Pietryga JM, & Klimov VI. (2014) Enhanced carrier multiplication in engineered quasi-type-II quantum dots. Nature communications, 4148. PMID: 24938462  

  • June 23, 2014
  • 01:46 PM

Chemical Process Helps Sunlight Reach Solar Cells

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Researchers at the Rice University have created a new chemical process for making materials that help sunlight reach the solar cells’ active elements, thus increasing their efficiency.... Read more »

  • June 21, 2014
  • 05:11 AM

Scientists Create Photoelectrochemical Cell Inspired by Moth’s Eye

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) have created a photoelectrochemical cell that uses sunlight and water to create hydrogen. The idea for the cell is based on the inner workings of a moth’s eye.... Read more »

  • June 18, 2014
  • 12:30 PM

New Anode Design Improves Sodium-Ion Batteries

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Researchers at the University of Maryland have created a modified version of a Li-ion battery anode could allow manufacturers to replace the lithium with cheaper, more common sodium.... Read more »

Wen, Y., He, K., Zhu, Y., Han, F., Xu, Y., Matsuda, I., Ishii, Y., Cumings, J., & Wang, C. (2014) Expanded graphite as superior anode for sodium-ion batteries. Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5033  

  • June 16, 2014
  • 09:06 PM

Need clouds? Try adding small amounts of aerosols

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

New research demonstrates that only small amounts of aerosols are necessary to begin cloud formation in regions of generally pristine atmosphere. This has implications for how future introduction of pollutants will affect climate forcing.... Read more »

  • June 16, 2014
  • 06:08 PM

Better Understanding of Plastics Opens Way to New Batteries

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Scientists at McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science have combined two traditional theories in materials science that can explain how the charge dictates the structure of the material. This opens the door for many applications, including a new class of batteries.... Read more »

Sing, C., Zwanikken, J., & Olvera de la Cruz, M. (2014) Electrostatic control of block copolymer morphology. Nature Materials. DOI: 10.1038/nmat4001  

  • June 13, 2014
  • 08:03 PM

New Obesity drugs: Coming Soon to a Store Near You!

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Afraid to go into public because you think those double doors might be a little narrow for you? Are you pretty sure you have feet, even though you haven’t seen […]... Read more »

  • June 13, 2014
  • 11:54 AM

Fembot Flies Reveal What Males Find Attractive

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

A word of advice to female fruit flies looking for a mate: it’s not hard to catch the eye of a male Drosophila. He’ll chase after almost anything that moves. Really—including a metal cube dabbed with pheromones. That may be embarrassing for the male, but it also shows scientists how a tiny-brained animal weighs information when […]The post Fembot Flies Reveal What Males Find Attractive appeared first on Inkfish.... Read more »

  • June 13, 2014
  • 06:53 AM

New Family of Enzymes Degrades Hard-to-Digest Biomass

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Scientists at the University of York are playing a key role in the quest for a better understanding of how a recently discovered family of enzymes can degrade hard-to-digest biomass into its constituent sugars.... Read more »

  • June 9, 2014
  • 05:29 PM

EPFL Scientists Transform Hydrogen Gas Into Less Flammable Fuel

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have completed their solution for transforming hydrogen gas into a less flammable liquid fuel that can be safely stored and transported.... Read more »

  • 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 »

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