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2011-04-20 21:35:00

Rice, Texas A&M labs create protein-patterned fibers Researchers at Rice University and Texas A&M have discovered a way to pattern active proteins into bio-friendly fibers. The "eureka" moment came about because somebody forgot to clean up the lab one night. The new work from the Rice lab of biochemist Kathleen Matthews, in collaboration with former Rice faculty fellow and current Texas A&M assistant professor Sarah Bondos, simplifies the process of making materials with fully...

2011-04-20 21:33:06

Discovery of self-corrective healing process for polymer detailed this week in the journal Nature Imagine you're driving your own new car--or a rental car--and you need to park in a commercial garage. Maybe you're going to work, visiting a mall or attending an event at a sports stadium, and you're in a rush. Limited and small available spots and concrete pillars make parking a challenge. And it happens that day: you slightly misjudge a corner and you can hear the squeal as you scratch the...

2011-04-20 21:30:49

Collaboration among Case Western Reserve University, the University of Fribourg and the Army Research Laboratory uses light to trigger repair Your 6-year-old found a nail in the garage and drew pictures across the side of your new car. Gnash your teeth now, but researchers at Case Western Reserve University, U.S., say the fix-up may be cheap and easy to do yourself in the not-too-distant future. Together with partners in the USA and Switzerland, they have developed a polymer-based material...

2011-04-06 23:28:38

Although its name may make many people think of flowers, the element germanium is part of a frequently studied group of elements, called IVa, which could have applications for next-generation computer architecture as well as implications for fundamental condensed matter physics. New research conducted by Xiao-Jia Chen, Viktor Struzhkin, and Ho-Kwang (Dave) Mao from Geophysical Laboratory at Carnegie Institution for Science, along with collaborators from China, reveals details of the element's...

2011-04-04 23:22:20

Strong, nanostructured membrane enables scaling for practical clean-energy applications Materials scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and SiEnergy Systems LLC have demonstrated the first macro-scale thin-film solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC). While SOFCs have previously worked at the micro-scale, this is the first time any research group has overcome the structural challenges of scaling the technology up to a practical size with a proportionally higher...

2011-03-23 19:00:00

HOUSTON, March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. (NYSE: KRA), a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers or "SBCs," announces plans to showcase and discuss its latest innovations in elastic nonwovens, NEXAR(TM) Polymers, and C5 Resin alternatives for adhesives at INDEX 11 in the GENEVA PALEXPO Exhibition and Conference Centre, Geneva, Switzerland. INDEX 11, which is considered to be one of the world's leading nonwovens exhibition, is the ideal venue for...

2011-03-15 09:00:00

LANCASTER, Pa., March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Thermacore (www.thermacore.com), a leading provider of advanced thermal solutions, introduces a new line of cold plates that meet the most recent VME64x/VPX standards and supports commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) packaging formats. These high conductance cold plates offer significant improvement in electronics cooling performance as compared to conventional technologies used in demanding military and aerospace applications. (Logo:...

2011-03-14 14:06:05

Since the 1970s, hydrogen has been touted as a promising alternative to fossil fuels due to its clean combustion "”unlike hydrocarbon-based fuels, which spew greenhouse gases and harmful pollutants, hydrogen's only combustion by-product is water. Compared to gasoline, hydrogen is lightweight, can provide a higher energy density and is readily available. But there's a reason we're not already living in a hydrogen economy: to replace gasoline as a fuel, hydrogen must be safely and densely...

2011-03-11 14:28:32

The development of a new measurement technology under a research project funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the National Science Foundation is probing the structure of composite and biological materials. "Our results have provided some of the first microscopic insights into a sixty year old puzzle about the way polymeric networks react to repeated shear strains," said Dr. Daniel Blair, Assistant Professor, and principal investigator of the Soft Matter Group in the...

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2011-03-10 10:25:00

Kiel nano-scientists take snapshots of electronic states How fast an intense laser pulse can change the electrical properties of solids is revealed by researchers from Kiel University in the current edition of Nature (09.03.2011). Scientists in the team of Professor Michael Bauer, Dr. Kai Roßnagel and Professor Lutz Kipp from the Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics, together with colleagues from the University of Kaiserslautern and the University of...


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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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