New Catalyst Could Improve Biofuels Production
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Posted October 17, 2014 by in News
Washington State University researchers have developed a new catalyst that could lead to making biofuels cheaply and more efficiently. Led by Voiland Distinguished Professor Yong Wang, the researchers...
           
Researchers Develop World’s Thinnest Electric Generator
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Posted October 16, 2014 by in News
Researchers from Columbia Engineering and the Georgia Institute of Technology report today that they have made the first experimental observation of piezoelectricity and the piezotronic effect in an a...
           
How the Fruit Fly Could Help Us Sniff out Drugs and Bombs
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Posted October 15, 2014 by in News
A fly’s sense of smell could be used in new technology to detect drugs and bombs, new University of Sussex research has found. Brain scientist Professor Thomas Nowotny was surprised to find that...
           
First Observation of Atomic Diffusion Inside Bulk Material
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Posted October 14, 2014 by in News
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have obtained the first direct observations of atomic diffusion inside a bulk material. The research, which could be used ...
           
Variable Glass Coatings to Stop Condensation on Windows
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Posted October 13, 2014 by in News
Thin-film coatings impart new properties to glass in applications as diverse as window glazing, solar cells and touchscreens. With the Megatron sputtering system, it is now possible for the first time...
           
Flying Robots to Save Lives in the Alps
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Posted October 10, 2014 by in News
Scientists at the University of Twente are working on robots that are expected to save lives in calamity situations in the Alps. The emphasis within this SHERPA project is on cooperation between human...
           
Making Window Glass Visible — but Only to Birds
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Posted October 9, 2014 by in News
Ultraviolet patterns can make window glass visible to birds, thus preventing fatal collisions. However, it has now been shown that such windows are not likely to work for all species, but only for bir...
           
Bio-Nanotechnology: Smallest World Record
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Posted October 8, 2014 by in News
Scientists from the University of Leeds have taken a crucial step forward in bio-nanotechnology, a field that uses biology to develop new tools for science, technology and medicine. The new study, pub...
           
Nobel Prize: Invention of Efficient Blue LEDs
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Posted October 7, 2014 by in News
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2014 to Isamu Akasaki, of Meijo University in Nagoya and Nagoya University, Japan; Hiroshi Amano, of Nagoya Un...
           
Robotic Solutions Inspired by Plants
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Posted October 6, 2014 by in News
EU-funded researchers are demonstrating revolutionary robotic techniques inspired by plants, featuring a 3D-printed ‘trunk’, ‘leaves’ that sense the environment and ‘root...
           
New Approach to Boosting Biofuel Production
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Posted October 3, 2014 by in News
Yeast are commonly used to transform corn and other plant materials into biofuels such as ethanol. However, large concentrations of ethanol can be toxic to yeast, which has limited the production capa...
           
Robot Researcher Combines Nature to Nurture ‘Superhuman’ Navigation
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Posted October 2, 2014 by in News
Computer modelling of the human eye, the brain of a rat and a robot could revolutionise advances in neuroscience and new technology, says a QUT leading robotics researcher. Dr Michael Milford from QUT...
           
‘Smart’ Bandage Emits Phosphorescent Glow
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Posted October 1, 2014 by in News
Inspired by a desire to help wounded soldiers, an international, multidisciplinary team of researchers led by Assistant Professor Conor L. Evans at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine of Massachusett...
           
How to Make a ‘Perfect’ Solar Absorber
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Posted September 30, 2014 by in News
The key to creating a material that would be ideal for converting solar energy to heat is tuning the material’s spectrum of absorption just right: It should absorb virtually all wavelengths of l...
           
Harvesting Energy from Walking Around
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Posted September 29, 2014 by in News
A shoe fits a device that saves the energy the person makes by walking and successfully uses it in watch batteries. At the Center for Research in Advanced Materials (CIMAV), scientists decided to R...
           
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