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2013-07-08 14:20:42

Boron arsenide may be of potential interest for cooling applications An unlikely material, cubic boron arsenide, could deliver an extraordinarily high thermal conductivity – on par with the industry standard set by costly diamond – researchers report in the current issue of the journal Physical Review Letters. The discovery that the chemical compound of boron and arsenic could rival diamond, the best-known thermal conductor, surprised the team of...

Single Pixel Terahertz Imaging Advanced With Laser Guided Codes
2013-06-25 15:11:52

Boston College [ Watch the Video Laser Guided Terahertz Imaging ] The universe is awash in terahertz (THz) waves, as harmless as they are abundant. But unlike other regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, THz has proven to be extremely difficult to manipulate in order to capture novel images of objects and materials with which these light waves interact. Most existing THz imaging devices employ prohibitively expensive technology or require several hours and cumbersome manual...

2012-12-17 11:16:47

Turns out the trope is true: You should trust your gut – as long as you´re an expert. So says a new study from researchers at Rice University, George Mason University and Boston College. “How expert someone is within a particular domain has a positive impact on their ability to make an accurate gut decision,” said Rice´s Erik Dane, lead author of a study published last month in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. However, he added,...

2012-08-31 11:51:32

First field study finds soot particles absorb significantly less sunlight than predicted by models Viewed as a potential target in the global effort to reduce climate change, atmospheric black carbon particles absorb significantly less sunlight than scientists predicted, raising new questions about the impact of black carbon on atmospheric warming, an international team of researchers, including climate chemists from Boston College, report today in the latest edition of the journal...

2012-06-28 20:30:44

Boston College chemists use nanowires to power photosynthesis Harnessing the power of the sun has inspired scientists and engineers to look for ways to turn sunlight into clean energy to heat houses, fuel factories and power devices. While a majority of this research focuses on energy production, some researchers are looking at the potential uses of these novel solar technologies in other areas. Boston College Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dunwei Wang's work with silicon nanowires...

2012-04-26 09:18:10

Thin-film process boosts bulk alloy's thermoelectric performance The intense interest in harvesting energy from heat sources has led to a renewed push to discover materials that can more efficiently convert heat into electricity. Some researchers are finding those gains by re-designing materials scientists have been working with for years. A team of Boston College and MIT researchers report developing a novel, nanotech design that boosts the thermoelectric performance of a bulk alloy...

2012-01-12 21:53:48

Genome sequencing helps identify essential protein in disease-carrying parasites Researchers from Boston College have discovered a protein that plays a pivotal role in the progression of the deadly diseases toxoplasmosis and malaria and shown that its function could be genetically blocked in order to halt the progress of the parasite-borne illnesses, the team reports in the current edition of the journal Science. The protein, identified as DOC2.1, plays a similar role in the secretion...

2011-12-19 15:13:58

Managers' actions raise conflict-of-interest questions for some hedge funds, new study finds Armed with insider knowledge, managers of share-restricted hedge funds sell off their own holdings ahead of their investors in order to avoid low returns produced by an outflow of shareholder dollars, according to a new study by researchers from Boston College and EDHEC Business School in France. The practice, known as front running, pits the interests of managers against those of investors in...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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