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2014-04-01 23:01:27

Office continues surge of new commissions with Chamberlain Group HQ. Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) April 01, 2014 SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering and planning firms, has named Tim Tracey, AIA, as director of its Chicago, Ill. office. He was previously the office’s design director. Tracey will focus on strengthening the office’s holistic and integrated design process while continuing to lead its reputation as an award-winning firm. He takes over...

2014-02-27 18:44:13

It’s an odd twist. For scientists to determine if a cell is functioning properly, they must destroy it. This is what happens in X-ray fluorescence microscopy when biological specimens are exposed to ionizing radiation, which provides images with a level of detail that conventional microscopes just can’t match. This exposure can change what is being imaged in profound ways, possibly giving false accounts of how the cell actually works. To address this issue, researchers at the U.S....

Artificial Leaf Jumps Developmental Hurdle
2014-02-19 13:11:38

Arizona State University In a recent early online edition of Nature Chemistry, ASU scientists, along with colleagues at Argonne National Laboratory, have reported advances toward perfecting a functional artificial leaf. Designing an artificial leaf that uses solar energy to convert water cheaply and efficiently into hydrogen and oxygen is one of the goals of BISfuel – the Energy Frontier Research Center, funded by the Department of Energy, in the Department of Chemistry and...

2014-02-18 13:49:34

Researchers present the new form of matter at the 58th Biophysical Society Meeting in San Francisco Plop living, swimming bacteria into a novel water-based, nontoxic liquid crystal and a new physics takes over. The dynamic interaction of the bacteria with the liquid crystal creates a novel form of soft matter: living liquid crystal. The new type of active material, which holds promise for improving the early detection of diseases, was developed by a research collaboration based at...

Cobalt Catalysts Help Researchers Duplicate Complicated Steps Of Photosynthesis
2014-01-15 09:56:04

Argonne National Laboratory Humans have for ages taken cues from nature to build their own devices, but duplicating the steps in the complicated electronic dance of photosynthesis remains one of the biggest challenges and opportunities for chemists. Currently, the most efficient methods we have for making fuel – principally, hydrogen – from sunlight and water involve rare and expensive metal catalysts, such as platinum. In a new study, researchers at the U.S. Department of...

New Material For Solar Panels Could Make Them Cheaper And More Efficient
2013-12-12 08:01:27

Argonne National Laboratory A unique solar panel design made with a new ceramic material points the way to potentially providing sustainable power cheaper, more efficiently, and requiring less manufacturing time. It also reaches a four-decade-old goal of discovering a bulk photovoltaic material that can harness energy from visible and infrared light, not just ultraviolet light. Scaling up this new design from its tablet-size prototype to a full-size solar panel would be a large step...

2013-10-21 16:27:00

Panelists to Address Business and Personal Benefits of an Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math CHICAGO, Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On October 31, Kim Hammonds, Cristina Negri, Wanda Reder and Sophie Vandebroek will serve on a panel at The Executives' Club of Chicago Women's Leadership Breakfast to discuss how their backgrounds in STEM have shaped their careers, as well as contributed measurable value to their organizations. These four outstanding female scientists,...

Casimir Force Reduced To Lowest Recorded Level
2013-10-02 07:06:13

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis A research team that includes a physics professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) has recorded a drastically reduced measurement of the Casimir effect, a fundamental quantum phenomenon experienced between two neutral bodies that exist in a vacuum. For more than 60 years, scientists have studied the peculiar electromagnetic interaction between two neutral objects. The Casimir effect, a long-standing point of...

2013-09-24 13:34:49

Scientists broke new ground in the study of deep earthquakes, a poorly understood phenomenon that occurs where the oceanic lithosphere, driven by tectonics, plunges under continental plates – examples are off the coasts of the western United States, Russia and Japan. This research is a large step toward replicating the full power of these earthquakes to learn what sets them off and how they unleash their violence. It was made possible only by the construction of a one-of-a-kind X-ray...

2013-09-19 12:21:11

HERNDON, Va., Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IP Network Solutions (IPNS) announced today that it has won the US Army Sustainment Command (ASC) Information Technology Services and Support (ITSS) - Contingency contract. The contract has a one-year base period with two one-year option periods, and has a maximum value of approximately $19.5 Million if all options are exercised. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130919/PH82171LOGO ) Under the ITSS Contingency contract, IPNS...