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  • May 17, 2017
  • 04:20 AM
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Carbon nanotubes, what are they good for?

by kylius wilkins in It Ain't Magic

Kylius Wilkins talks to Urs Frey and his paper that described his recent success manufacturing carbon nanotubes (CNTs).... Read more »

  • May 8, 2015
  • 09:30 AM
  • 1,066 views

do memristor chips remember electric sheep?

by Greg Fish in weird things

Humans beware. Our would-be cybernetic overlords made a leap towards hyper-intelligence in the last few months as artificial neural networks can now be trained on specialized chips which use memristors, an electrical component that can remember the flow of electricity through it to help manage the amount of current required in a circuit. Using these specialized chips, robots, supercomputers, and sensors could solve complex real world problems faster, easier, and with far less energy. [...] ...... Read more »

  • January 13, 2015
  • 08:00 AM
  • 1,361 views

Delicate Arteries Of Energy

by Mark E. Lasbury in The 'Scope

As dependent on electricity as America is, it is surprising how easily it could be taken away. Do you know how electricity comes to your house? Here is the national electrical grid easily explained and the points at which it can be vulnerable to sun, weather, and terrorism.... Read more »

Paul W. Parfomak. (2014) Physical Security of the U.S. Power Grid: High-Voltage Transformer Substations . Congressional Research Service Reports. info:/

  • August 27, 2014
  • 09:46 AM
  • 1,182 views

Fluid-injection could act as 'trigger' for large earthquakes

by This Science is Crazy! in This Science Is Crazy!

New study investigates whether fluid-injection techniques (such as fracking, solution mining and enhanced geothermal)can generate enough stress to set off large quakes prematurely... Read more »

Mulargia, F., & Bizzarri, A. (2014) Anthropogenic Triggering of Large Earthquakes. Scientific Reports, 6100. DOI: 10.1038/srep06100  

  • June 10, 2014
  • 04:28 PM
  • 891 views

Study Looks at Long-Term Stability of Spent Nuclear Fuel

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A study co-authored by the Joint Research Center (JRC), the EU in-house scientific service, has examined the evolution of components of spent nuclear fuel by comparing actual spent fuel with lab results obtained on fuel analogues in simulated, accelerated timescale.... Read more »

Wiss, T., Hiernaut, J., Roudil, D., Colle, J., Maugeri, E., Talip, Z., Janssen, A., Rondinella, V., Konings, R., Matzke, H.... (2014) Evolution of spent nuclear fuel in dry storage conditions for millennia and beyond. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 451(1-3), 198-206. DOI: 10.1016/j.jnucmat.2014.03.055  

  • March 13, 2014
  • 10:05 AM
  • 893 views

Small Modular Reactors Could Provide Safer Nuclear Energy

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A detailed assessment of a new type of nuclear reactor, termed the Small Modular Reactor (SMR), has been published to help policymakers decide on the best way to meet the growing demand for energy.... Read more »

  • March 3, 2014
  • 12:04 AM
  • 1,365 views

Influence of Temperature on Calcium Carbonate Polymorph formed from Ammonium Carbonate and Calcium Acetate

by JNSM in JScholar Publishers

This research used ammonium carbonate and calcium acetate in the preparation of various calcium carbonate polymorphs for biomimetic composite applications. Biominerals were synthesized at temperatures ranging from 25 to 80 °C to investigate the effect of synthesis temperature on the abundance of vaterite, aragonite, and calcite, delineating regions that are favorable for the formation of these different calcium carbonate polymorphs... Read more »

Philip G Malone, Kevin Torres-Cancel, Robert D Moser, Allison PG, Rae Gore E, Mei Q Chandler, Charles A Weiss, Jr.*. (2014) Influence of Temperature on Calcium Carbonate Polymorph formed from Ammonium Carbonate and Calcium Acetate. Journal of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials, 1(1), 1-6. info:/1: 105

  • February 28, 2014
  • 10:53 PM
  • 1,075 views

Evaluation of Physicochemical Characteristics of Hydrophobically Modified Glycol Chitosan Nanoparticles and their Biocompatibility in Murine Osteosarcoma and Osteoblast-like Cells

by JNSM in JScholar Publishers

Glycol chitosan, a derivative of chitosan, can be hydrophobically modified by 5ß-cholanic acid to impart amphiphilic properties that enable the self-assembly into nanoparticles in aqueous media at neutral pH. This nanoparticle system has shown initial success as a therapeutic agent in several model cell culture systems, but little is known about its stability against enzymatic degradation. The goal of this research was therefore to investigate the physicochemical properties of hydrophobica........ Read more »

Amanda Chin, Giulia Suarato, Yizhi Meng. (2014) Evaluation of Physicochemical Characteristics of Hydrophobically Modified Glycol Chitosan Nanoparticles and their Biocompatibility in Murine Osteosarcoma and Osteoblast-like Cells. Journal of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials, 1(1), 1-7. info:/1: 104

  • February 27, 2014
  • 08:10 PM
  • 1,085 views

Hydrophobically Modified Glycol Chitosan Nanoparticles and their Biocompatibility in Murine Osteosarcoma and Osteoblast-like Cells

by JNSM in JScholar Publishers

Glycol chitosan, a derivative of chitosan, can be hydrophobically modified by 5ß-cholanic acid to impart amphiphilic properties that enable the self-assembly into nanoparticles in aqueous media at neutral pH. This nanoparticle system has shown initial success as a therapeutic agent in several model cell culture systems, but little is known about its stability against enzymatic degradation. The goal of this research was therefore to investigate the physicochemical properties of hydrophobica........ Read more »

Amanda Chin, Giulia Suarato, Yizhi Meng. (2014) Evaluation of Physicochemical Characteristics of Hydrophobically Modified Glycol Chitosan Nanoparticles and their Biocompatibility in Murine Osteosarcoma and Osteoblast-like Cells. Journal of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials, 1(1), 1-7. info:/1: 104

  • February 27, 2014
  • 12:39 AM
  • 1,213 views

Nanotechnology and Smart Materials for “More than Moore” – It’s a Small World After All!

by JNSM in JScholar Publishers

Ever since Gordon Moore fore told about the future of the integrated circuit (IC) back in 1965 [1], Moore’s law was not only an accurate forecast of the achievements that microelectronics community has made, but also was a yardstick of the appropriate level of the commercial development in microelectronics for the past five decades. Such an amazing pace of the IC technology development was possible essentially because of simple two-dimensional (2D) structure of the metal-oxide-semiconducto........ Read more »

Jeong Bong Lee. (2014) Nanotechnology and Smart Materials for “More than Moore” – It’s a Small World After All!. Journal of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials, 1(1), 1-3. info:/1: 102

  • February 24, 2014
  • 07:00 AM
  • 1,146 views

Biomass-based Nanocomposites and Mesoporous Materials

by JNSM in JScholar Publishers

The conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into fuels and chemicals has been rigorously investigated as a response to the depletion of petroleum resources, increasing demand for in oil and secure access to energy. It has been estimated that by 2030 lignocellulosic biomass could supply a substantial portion of the international chemical and transportation fuel market. Lignocellulosic biomass is usually composed of three components: 35-50 wt% cellulose, 20-40 wt% hemicellulose, and 10-25 wt% lignin........ Read more »

Tae Jin Kim. (2014) Biomass-based Nanocomposites and Mesoporous Materials. Journal of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials, 1(1), 1-2. info:/1: 103

  • February 20, 2014
  • 10:17 PM
  • 1,307 views

Smart Materials from Nanotechnology for Global Challenges

by JNSM in JScholar Publishers

There are several open challenges that our society has to address in the near future: produce sufficient amounts of clean energy from renewable sources, design new technologies that enable a sustainable economic growth, address some relevant environmental issues like quality of air and water or waste recycling, improve our standard of life via more accurate diagnostic tools and new medical treatments, just to mention a few. Most of these challenges deal with the design, synthesis, characterizati........ Read more »

Gianfranco Pacchioni. (2014) Smart Materials from Nanotechnology for Global Challenges. Journal of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials, 1(1), 1-1. info:/1: 101

  • February 13, 2014
  • 06:11 PM
  • 751 views

Study Suggests Using Industrial Waste for Fracking

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Industrial and domestic waste materials are viable alternative sources of raw materials for engineering proppants for use in shale gas and oil recovery, according to Penn State material scientists John Hellmann and Barry Scheetz.... Read more »

John R. Hellmann, Barry E. Scheetz, Walter G. Luscher, David G. Hartwich, and Ryan P. Koseki. (2014) Proppants for shale gas and oil recovery—Engineering ceramics for stimulation of unconventional energy resources. American Ceramic Society Bulletin, 93(1). info:other/AI96050

  • September 30, 2013
  • 09:15 AM
  • 816 views

Electric Versus Diesel: A Study of Electric Trucks in Urban Delivery Applications Published

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

According to a study by Georgia Tech researchers, the advantages of electric versus diesel depend largely on how the trucks will be used—the frequency of stops and average speeds—and the source of electricity for charging batteries. In city driving with frequent stops, the electric trucks clearly outperform diesel vehicles, while diesel vehicles show better efficiency in suburban routes.... Read more »

  • July 3, 2013
  • 03:41 PM
  • 1,272 views

New Electrical Grid Energy Storage Technologies Review

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

The question of storing surplus electrical power during the times when its production exceeds its consumption was always essential to ensure the efficient and economical operation of the power generation facilities. However, the power output of the fuel-based power plants (i.e. coal, natural gas or oil) can be adjusted with relative ease. Now, when more and more renewable energy sources are being connected to the electrical grid, our ability to store energy efficiently and reliably becomes truly........ Read more »

  • June 11, 2013
  • 09:25 AM
  • 1,184 views

New Photovoltaic Cell Doubles as Solar Energy Storage System

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A UW-Madison electrical engineer has proposed a design for dye-sensitized solar cells that can at the same time generate power and work as a solar energy storage system.... Read more »

  • May 4, 2013
  • 10:46 AM
  • 1,056 views

New Battery Efficiently Stores Solar and Wind Energy

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Scientists from the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have developed a relatively cheap, long-life “flow” battery that can be used to mitigate power fluctuations from solar and wind energy plants, therefore enabling them to become major suppliers to the electrical grid.... Read more »

  • March 29, 2013
  • 09:11 AM
  • 903 views

Scientists Detect Magnetic Fingerprints of Defects in Solar Cells

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A new highly sensitive method of measurement allowed physicists form Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin for Materials and Energy to directly detect defects in solar cells with atomic resolution. This findings can be used to optimize solar cells’ efficiency and decrease production costs.


HZB physicists have managed to localize defects in amorphous/crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells. Now, for the first time ever, using computer simulations at Paderborn University, the scientists were ........ Read more »

George, B., Behrends, J., Schnegg, A., Schulze, T., Fehr, M., Korte, L., Rech, B., Lips, K., Rohrmüller, M., Rauls, E.... (2013) Atomic Structure of Interface States in Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells. Physical Review Letters, 110(13). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.136803  

  • April 4, 2012
  • 01:15 AM
  • 1,612 views

Finding Nanoscale Defects in Memory Devices

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

The future of space travel, artificial intelligence, and AI are dependent upon our ability to store massive amounts of data in really small areas. It’s a complex undertaking to say the least. Fortunately, new research indicates that we may get there a bit faster by enabling engineers to discover defects that lead to memory defects [...]... Read more »

Lee, I., Obukhov, Y., Xiang, G., Hauser, A., Yang, F., Banerjee, P., Pelekhov, D., & Hammel, P. (2010) Nanoscale scanning probe ferromagnetic resonance imaging using localized modes. Nature, 466(7308), 845-848. DOI: 10.1038/nature09279  

  • February 1, 2011
  • 11:18 AM
  • 1,851 views

A welding robot for all those hard to reach places

by FrauTech in Design. Build. Play.

Many of the challenges in ship building or ship maintenance stem from environmental concerns: from the seemingly minor in not wanting ship material or ship waste to enter to the ocean to the obvious preventing future spills or catastrophic failures like the Exxon Valdez. One of the solutions to making liquid-cargo ships more resistant to failure is a double hull design.When major disasters like mining disasters or situations like the gulf oil spill occur one question people often ask is why we s........ Read more »

Lee, D., Ku, N., Kim, T., Kim, J., Lee, K., & Son, Y. (2011) Development and application of an intelligent welding robot system for shipbuilding. Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, 27(2), 377-388. DOI: 10.1016/j.rcim.2010.08.006  

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