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2011-09-01 09:40:25

  Berkeley Lab researchers develop inexpensive technique for making high quality nanowire solar cells Solar or photovoltaic cells represent one of the best possible technologies for providing an absolutely clean and virtually inexhaustible source of energy to power our civilization. However, for this dream to be realized, solar cells need to be made from inexpensive elements using low-cost, less energy-intensive processing chemistry, and they need to efficiently and...

2011-08-31 23:38:08

In solid materials with regular atomic structures, figuring out weak points where the material will break under stress is relatively easy. But for disordered solids, like glass or sand, their disordered nature makes such predictions much more daunting tasks. Now, a collaboration combining a theoretical model with a first-of-its kind experiment has demonstrated a novel method for identifying “soft spots” in such materials. The findings from University of Pennsylvania and...

2011-08-26 07:00:00

With over 50 years of expertise and serving customers, NSG Precision Cells is proud to announce their latest innovative product, the CSS-3. Using cutting edge technology, the Suspended Solids Concentrator (CSS-3) is explicitly designed for concentrating suspended solids from large water volumes for follow-up lab analysis and various other types of labs. Farmingdale, NY (PRWEB) August 26, 2011 NSG Releases Innovative Concentrator for Suspended Solids. With over 50 years of expertise and...

2011-08-15 00:00:03

Weber introduces the world's best non-electric Toasty Feet insoles with a new NASA designed ultra- thin insulation material. This insulation was used by astronauts in space and is now available as foot warmer insoles for people on earth. These non-electric temperature level control (TLC)very thin insoles are less than 1/4 - inch thick and can be used as both shoe and boot liners. Can be trimmed to exact size with scissors. Feet are kept at a constant 72 degrees (F) at all times. Weber Toasty...

2011-08-10 07:30:00

HOUSTON, Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. (NYSE: KRA), a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers or "SBCs," is pleased to announce the completion of its multi-million dollar capital investment projects to support sales growth in Cariflex(TM) isoprene rubber, a pure, high performance alternative to natural rubber. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110810/DA49622) Kraton Polymers successfully converted a plant at its manufacturing...

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2011-08-08 14:27:16

Scientists at Berkeley Lab find nanoparticle size is readily controlled to make stronger aluminum alloys Long before they knew they were doing it "“ as long ago as the Wright Brother's first airplane engine "“ metallurgists were incorporating nanoparticles in aluminum to make a strong, hard, heat-resistant alloy. The process is called solid-state precipitation, in which, after the melt has been quickly cooled, atoms of alloying metals migrate through a solid matrix and gather...

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2011-08-08 14:23:36

The discovery of a fundamental, previously unknown property of microbial nanowires in the bacterium Geobacter sulfurreducens that allows electron transport across long distances could revolutionize nanotechnology and bioelectronics, says a team of physicists and microbiologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Their findings reported in the Aug. 7 advance online issue of Nature Nanotechnology may one day lead to cheaper, nontoxic nanomaterials for biosensors and solid state...

2011-08-04 13:47:40

Newly synthesized polymer, fitted with molecular pincers of carefully tailored structure, effectively captures nicotine molecules and its analogues. The polymer can be used for fabrication of sensitive and selective chemical sensors to determine nicotine in solutions, and in the near future also in gases. Moreover, the polymer is suitable for slow, controlled release of nicotine, e.g., for therapeutic purposes. The collaboration of researchers of the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the...

2011-07-22 01:23:27

Researchers design a self-assembling material that can house other molecules Chemical reactions happen all of the time: some things burn or rust, others react to light exposure--even batteries use chemical reactions to supply electricity. One of the big challenges chemists continually face is finding new ways to control these reactions or create conditions that promote desirable reactions and limit undesirable ones. Recently, researchers at New York University demonstrated an ability to make...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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