Building Blocks of the Future Defy Logic: New Logic-Defying Mathematical Model
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Posted February 26, 2015 by in News
Wake up in the morning and stretch; your midsection narrows. Pull on a piece of plastic at separate ends; it becomes thinner. So does a rubber band. One might assume that when a force is applied along...
           
Spin Laser: Rapid Data Transfer Thanks to Quantum Physics
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Posted February 25, 2015 by in News
RUB engineers have developed a new concept for accelerating data transfer in server farms. To this end, the team at the Chair of Photonics and Terahertz Technology applies a quantum-mechanical variabl...
           
Radio Chip for the “Internet of Things”
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Posted February 24, 2015 by in News
At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the big theme was the “Internet of things” — the idea that everything in the human environment, from kitchen appliances to in...
           
New Catalyst to Create Chemical Building Blocks from Biomass
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Posted February 23, 2015 by in News
University of Tokyo researchers have developed a novel selective catalyst that allows the creation of several basic chemicals from biomass instead of petroleum. This discovery may lead to the use of p...
           
Perfect Colors, Captured with One Ultra-Thin Lens
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Posted February 20, 2015 by in News
Most lenses are, by definition, curved. After all, they are named for their resemblance to lentils, and a glass lens made flat is just a window with no special powers. But a new type of lens created a...
           
Cheap Solar Cells Made from Shrimp Shells
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Posted February 19, 2015 by in News
The materials chitin and chitosan found in the shells are abundant and significantly cheaper to produce than the expensive metals such as ruthenium, which is similar to platinum, that are currently us...
           
Scientists Find Strongest Natural Material Known to Humans
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Posted February 18, 2015 by in News
Limpet teeth might be the strongest natural material known to man, a new study has found. Researchers from the University of Portsmouth have discovered that limpets – small aquatic snail-like creatu...
           
New Desalination Technology Could Answer State Drought Woes
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Posted February 17, 2015 by in News
Could desalination be the answer to California’s drought? As parts of the state become drier, scientists are looking at ways to turn seawater into drinkable water. Could desalination be the answ...
           
Electricity: A Smart grid, Simply Self-organized, Decentralized, and Hack Resistant
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Posted February 13, 2015 by in News
Electricity supply and demand can be coordinated in an entirely decentralized way with the help of a new type of smart grid control. To improve the management of fluctuations in the electricity suppli...
           
Eruptions Evicted: Anti-geyser Testing Completed for Space Launch System Liquid Oxygen Tank
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Posted February 12, 2015 by in News
Goodbye, geysers! NASA engineers have successfully finished anti-geyser testing for the liquid oxygen tank that will help fuel the agency’s new rocket, the Space Launch System, on the journey to...
           
Better Batteries Inspired by Lowly Snail Shells
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Posted February 11, 2015 by in News
Scientists are using biology to improve the properties of lithium ion batteries. Researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) have isolated a peptide, a type of biological molecu...
           
Bionic leaf: Researchers Use Bacteria to Convert Solar Energy into Liquid Fuel
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Posted February 10, 2015 by in News
Harvesting sunlight is a trick plants mastered more than a billion years ago, using solar energy to feed themselves from the air and water around them in the process we know as photosynthesis. Scienti...
           
Electrochromic Polymers Create Broad Color Palette for Sunglasses, Windows
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Posted February 9, 2015 by in News
Artists, print designers and interior decorators have long had access to a broad palette of paint and ink colors for their work. Now, researchers have created a broad color palette of electrochromic p...
           
Why ‘Baking Powder’ Doubles or Triples Efficiency of Plastic Solar Cells
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Posted February 6, 2015 by in News
The efficiency of plastic solar cells can be doubled or tripled if an extra solvent is added during the production process, comparable with the role of baking powder in dough mixture. Exactly how this...
           
Cheap and Abundant Chemical Outperforms Precious Metals as a Catalyst
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Posted February 5, 2015 by in News
A team of Caltech chemists has discovered a method for producing a group of silicon-containing organic chemicals without relying on expensive precious metal catalysts. Instead, the new technique uses ...
           
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