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  • December 27, 2015
  • 07:00 PM
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Black smokers and electroecosystems

by adam phillips in It Ain't Magic

Black smokers are deep-sea hydrothermal vents found in the ocean. Now scientists believe that they may host electroecosystems in which the primary producers use electric currents as their energy source.... Read more »

Nakamura, R., Takashima, T., Kato, S., Takai, K., Yamamoto, M., & Hashimoto, K. (2010) Electrical Current Generation across a Black Smoker Chimney. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 49(42), 7692-7694. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201003311  

  • November 30, 2015
  • 07:01 AM
  • 1,021 views

How Spicy Would You Like That Chemotherapy?

by Shane Caldwell in Helical Translations

A molecule from chili peppers can be modified to bind to a protein involved in cancer progression. How would a molecule similar to hot pepper spice be used to fight cancer?... Read more »

  • June 6, 2015
  • 06:31 AM
  • 990 views

Humidity Powered Energy

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

We can now power low energy devices using humidity! Scientists harnessed bacteria that shrink in response to changes in humidity to generate energy.... Read more »

Yuan, T., Ormonde, C., Kudlacek, S., Kunche, S., Smith, J., Brown, W., Pugliese, K., Olsen, T., Iftikhar, M., Raston, C.... (2015) Shear-Stress-Mediated Refolding of Proteins from Aggregates and Inclusion Bodies. ChemBioChem. DOI: 10.1002/cbic.201402427  

  • April 17, 2015
  • 12:25 PM
  • 863 views

On the trail of nitrogen to quantify N removal from contaminated aquifers

by Ruth Garcia de la Calle in ADVOCATE Marie Curie Network

Naomi Wells is working on developing better ways of measuring where water pollution comes from, and how long it’s going to stick around for. She uses light stable isotopes to improve the understanding of the fate and transport of key nutrients across biomes, landscapes, and scales.... Read more »

  • March 2, 2015
  • 02:05 PM
  • 911 views

You are what you eat

by naturallyspeakingpodcast in Naturally Speaking Podcast

Ecologists have long tried to understand what animals get up to when they’re not being observed. GPS technologies have enabled unprecedented remote-tracking, but some behaviours – such as diet – are a little more tricky to track. In this post James Grecian (@JamesGrecian), a marine ecologist at the Institute, discusses a technique he uses to track the diet of marine seabirds across some of the world’s […]

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  • February 3, 2015
  • 11:54 AM
  • 1,020 views

How to Unboil an Egg

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

How to unboil an egg...and why it matters: Scientists have discovered how to refold proteins easily; this could change the face of protein synthesis!... Read more »

Yuan, T., Ormonde, C., Kudlacek, S., Kunche, S., Smith, J., Brown, W., Pugliese, K., Olsen, T., Iftikhar, M., Raston, C.... (2015) Shear-Stress-Mediated Refolding of Proteins from Aggregates and Inclusion Bodies. ChemBioChem. DOI: 10.1002/cbic.201402427  

  • December 19, 2014
  • 11:05 AM
  • 1,274 views

The Chemistry of Christmas

by Melissa Chernick in Science Storiented

What are the sights, the sounds, the smells, and the textures that you associate with Christmas? Perhaps it is Christmas trees with their lovely green shape, color and wonderful pine smell. Maybe it’s the smells of cooking, the savory smells of turkey or the sweet smell of warm cookies. Or what about all of the cozy feelings you get with big sweaters or a roaring fire? Did you know that there is a lot of chemistry that goes into all of the senses we associate with this holiday?I was browsing t........ Read more »

Jackson, D., & Dicks, A. (2012) The Five Senses of Christmas Chemistry. Journal of Chemical Education, 89(10), 1267-1273. DOI: 10.1021/ed300231z  

  • November 9, 2014
  • 12:43 PM
  • 1,330 views

Will anyone follow this route to low emission, low cost farming?

by Andy Extance in Simple Climate

Can we stop cheap, climate-friendly fertiliser via the STEP process being like transport by jetpack – a promise destined to remain unkept? ... Read more »

  • August 3, 2014
  • 05:12 PM
  • 1,113 views

Exfoliating Method Makes Water-Splitting Catalysts More Efficient

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a new method for improving the catalysis of water-splitting reactions.... Read more »

  • July 31, 2014
  • 08:39 AM
  • 1,070 views

3-D Nanostructure Could Efficiently Store Gas

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Scientists at at Rice University predict functional advantages of a three-dimensional porous nanostructure that could benefit gas storage, nanoelectronics, and composite materials that perform multiple functions.... Read more »

  • June 9, 2014
  • 05:29 PM
  • 836 views

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
  • 696 views

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  

  • April 28, 2014
  • 02:37 PM
  • 923 views

Nanoreporters Gather Intel on Oil Before Pumping

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Scientists at Rice University have created a nanoscale detector that checks for and reports on the presence of hydrogen sulfide in crude oil and natural gas while they’re still in the ground.... Read more »

Hwang, C., Ruan, G., Wang, L., Zheng, H., Samuel, E., Xiang, C., Lu, W., Kasper, W., Huang, K., Peng, Z.... (2014) Carbon-Based Nanoreporters Designed for Subsurface Hydrogen Sulfide Detection. ACS Applied Materials , 2147483647. DOI: 10.1021/am5009584  

  • April 25, 2014
  • 09:11 AM
  • 883 views

Material That Prevents Plastic From Aging to Benefit Energy Industry

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A new material that prevents plastic from aging has been developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia (CSIRO)—offering significant environmental and cost savings for the energy industry.... Read more »

Lau, C., Nguyen, P., Hill, M., Thornton, A., Konstas, K., Doherty, C., Mulder, R., Bourgeois, L., Liu, A., Sprouster, D.... (2014) Ending Aging in Super Glassy Polymer Membranes. Angewandte Chemie. DOI: 10.1002/ange.201402234  

  • April 22, 2014
  • 01:42 PM
  • 752 views

Most Efficient Thermoelectric Material Created

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Northwestern University scientists have discovered a material—tin selenide—that is, according to a press release, “the best in the world at converting waste heat to useful electricity.”... Read more »

Zhao, L., Lo, S., Zhang, Y., Sun, H., Tan, G., Uher, C., Wolverton, C., Dravid, V., & Kanatzidis, M. (2014) Ultralow thermal conductivity and high thermoelectric figure of merit in SnSe crystals. Nature, 508(7496), 373-377. DOI: 10.1038/nature13184  

  • April 9, 2014
  • 05:27 PM
  • 868 views

Scientists Use Trees to Make High-Tech Supercapacitors

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Based on a chemical discovery by scientists at Oregon State University (OSU), it appears that trees may soon play a major role in making high-tech supercapacitors for energy storage.... Read more »

  • April 3, 2014
  • 06:41 PM
  • 860 views

Iron, Carbon May Replace Platinum as PEM Fuel Cell Catalysts

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A research team from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has discovered a new type of iron and carbon-based catalyst, which is stable and active in both acidic and alkaline media, and may even eliminate the need for platinum in catalysts and thus revolutionize the proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell industry.... Read more »

  • March 26, 2014
  • 04:38 PM
  • 853 views

Fragmented Carbon Nanotube Macrofilms Hold Promise for Better Batteries

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

The electrodes in lithium-ion batteries typically comprise three components: active materials, conductive additives, and binders. Now, a team of researchers at the University of Delaware has discovered that fragmented carbon nanotube macrofilms may eliminate the need for binders.... Read more »

  • March 13, 2014
  • 01:31 PM
  • 886 views

Scientists Store Hydrogen in Graphene Origami Box

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Shuze Zhu and Teng Li, of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, have found that they can make tiny squares of graphene fold into an origami box and store hydrogen in it.... Read more »

  • March 5, 2014
  • 09:38 AM
  • 915 views

Berkely Lab Finds Electrocatalysts for Artificial Photosynthesis

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A key to realizing commercial-scale artificial photosynthesis technology is the development of electrocatalysts that can efficiently and economically carry out water oxidation reaction that is critical to the process. Heinz Frei, a chemist with Berkeley Lab’s Physical Biosciences Division, has been at the forefront of this research effort. His latest results represent an important step forward.... Read more »

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