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â€œBetter and faster results!â€ is the clarion call for scientists and engineers to continually strive to improve their research tools.
Measuring a fuel cellâ€™s overall performance is relatively easy, but measuring its components individually as they work together is a challenge.
The ability of phase-change materials to readily and swiftly transition between different phases has made them valuable as a low-power source of non-volatile or â€œflashâ€ memory and data storage.
Another reason for including asthma on the list of potential health risks posed by secondhand tobacco smoke, especially for non-smokers, has been uncovered.
Can light-colored rooftops and roads really curb carbon emissions and combat global climate change?
Conventional wisdom holds that optical microscopy canâ€™t be used to â€œseeâ€ something as small as an individual molecule.
Powerful new microscopes able to resolve DNA molecules with visible light, superfast computers that use light rather than electronic signals to process information, and Harry Potteresque invisibility cloaks are just some of the many thrilling promises of transformation optics.
A study led by Gabor Somorjai and Miquel Salmeron of Berkeley Labâ€™s Materials Sciences Division showed that under high pressure, comparable to the pressures at which many industrial technologies operate, nanoparticle clusters of platinum potentially can out-perform the single crystals of platinum now used in fuel cells and catalytic converters.
Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC), Berkeley, have successfully attached imaging probes to glycans â€“ the sugar molecules that are abundant on the surfaces of living cells â€“ in the embryos of zebrafish less than seven hours after fertilization.
Jeffrey Longâ€™s lab will soon host a round-the-clock, robotically choreographed hunt for carbon-hungry materials.
- Withering but not falling off, as a blossom that persists on a twig after flowering.