A team at University College London (UCL) has theoretical evidence to identify features in biological systems that can only be predicted by quantum physics, and for which no classical analogues exist. The issue is light-gathering macromolecules in plant cells transfer energy by taking advantage of molecular vibrations whose physical descriptions have no equivalents in classical [...]

A quick look over the server records and Google Analytics shows we English speaking folks are not the only ones here.  So as well as a Happy New Year in your humble writer’s own language here are some more, not all, but a lot more and hopefully those languages missed will appreciate the wish, sincerely [...]

Muriel Andreani, Isabelle Daniel, and Marion Pollet-Villard of University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 have discovered a quick recipe for producing hydrogen.  The university press release suggests the breakthrough would be a “better way of producing the hydrogen that propels rockets and energizes fuel cells. In a few decades, it could even help the world meet [...]

Professor Mary Scholes and Dr Bob Scholes who have published a paper in the journal Science, which describes how the productivity of many lands has been dramatically reduced as a result of soil erosion, accumulation of salinity, and nutrient depletion. It’s not a crystal ball thing; great civilizations have fallen because they failed to prevent [...]

Ji-Seon Kim, a senior lecturer in experimental solid-state physics at Imperial College London, who has along with her colleagues, come up with a plastic solar panel technology that might help bring the prices down. Why haven’t solar technologies been more widely adopted?  Quite simply, “they’re too expensive,” said Kim. Kim and her colleagues describe their [...]

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