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2010-11-22 10:54:32

By Daisy Yuhas, Brookhaven National Laboratory Discovery of mechanism sheds light on how zinc "” essential to the growth of all living organisms "” enters cells A study to be published as the "Paper of the Week" in the Journal of Biological Chemistry this December details how zinc, an element fundamental to cell growth, enters the cell via zinc-specific uptake proteins. The research, conducted at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, is the first to...

2010-11-10 16:27:33

Palladium core protects precious platinum; enhances reactivity/stability Stop-and-go driving can wear on your nerves, but it really does a number on the precious platinum that drives reactions in automotive fuel cells. Before large fleets of fuel-cell-powered vehicles can hit the road, scientists will have to find a way to protect the platinum, the most expensive component of fuel-cell technology, and to reduce the amount needed to make catalytically active electrodes. Now, scientists at the...

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2010-11-04 07:50:00

Combines elements for light harvesting and electric charge transport over large, transparent areas Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory have fabricated transparent thin films capable of absorbing light and generating electric charge over a relatively large area. The material, described in the journal Chemistry of Materials, could be used to develop transparent solar panels or even windows that absorb solar energy...

2010-11-04 01:43:35

New radiotracer application reveals features unique to humans; may advance understanding of estrogen-related diseases A study at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory has demonstrated that a molecule "tagged" with a radioactive form of carbon can be used to image aromatase, an enzyme responsible for the production of estrogen, in the human brain. The research, published in the November issue of Synapse, also uncovered that the regions of the brain where...

2010-10-15 16:42:23

Modern, compact ion injector will feed new kinds of particles to RHIC and NSRL A new source of ions will soon be the starting point for the beams entering two major research facilities at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory - the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC - http://www.bnl.gov/rhic), where physicists are recreating conditions of the early universe to learn more about the forces that hold matter together, and the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory...

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2010-06-14 08:45:52

Material's fluctuating response to a magnetic field could lead to switchable superconducting wires A team of scientists from Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory has fabricated thin films patterned with large arrays of nanowires and loops that are superconducting "” able to carry electric current with no resistance "” when cooled below about 30 kelvin (-243 degrees Celsius). Even more interesting, the scientists...

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2010-06-03 07:46:09

Findings reveal characteristics of "hidden order" in unusual uranium compound and demonstrate new method for investigating long-standing physics problems Using a microscope designed to image the arrangement and interactions of electrons in crystals, scientists have captured the first images of electrons that appear to take on extraordinary mass under certain extreme conditions. The technique reveals the origin of an unusual electronic phase transition in one particular material, and opens the...

2010-06-01 13:40:01

New findings will help scientists understand how plants respond to light When the first warm rays of springtime sunshine trigger a burst of new plant growth, it's almost as if someone flicked a switch to turn on the greenery and unleash a floral profusion of color. Opening a window into this process, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, have deciphered the structure of a molecular "switch"...

2010-05-14 13:20:53

Findings could lead to new strategies for sustainable agriculture and biofuel production You might think bacteria that "invade" trees are there to cause certain destruction. But like the helpful bacteria that live within our guts, some microbes help plants thrive. To find out what makes these microbe-plant interactions "tick," scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory decoded the genome of a plant-dwelling microbe they'd previously shown could increase...

2010-04-22 06:30:00

RIDGEWOOD, N.J., April 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Green Bridge Industries, Inc. (Pink Sheets: GRBG) is pleased to announce that the Company's wholly owned subsidiary, Organic Product Solutions (OPS), promoted Earth Day 2010 at Brookhaven National Laboratory's Earth Day fair. OPS' product line was featured and showcased at yesterdays Environmental Vendor Fair on Long Island, New York. The company's products were marketed by Three Gals Industrial Supply. Three Gals is a reseller of OPS'...