A team of researchers led by Virginia Tech has used chemical micropatterns to control the growth of frost caused by condensation. Its a discovery that may lead to ways to prevent frost on airplane and wind turbine wings and blades, heat pump and air conditioning condenser coils, and even windshields. The researchers made a beetle-inspired […]






Researchers at Hiroshima University have identified the requirements for the development of new types of extremely low power consumption electric devices. The team is studying thin films made of Chromium-doped (Antimony, Bismuth)2Tellurium3 (Cr-doped (Sb, Bi)2Te3) at extremely low temperatures where an electric current flows around the edge of the film without energy loss owing to […]






Argonne National Laboratory Center for Nanoscale Materials scientists have built a lubrication system with virtually no friction. Friction hampers the movement of all mechanical parts, including engines for transportation.  The new system wraps graphene flakes around nanodiamonds that then roll between a diamond-like carbon-surface and graphene on silica. Friction hampers the movement of all mechanical […]






University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists have come up with a new method for making interspecies yeast hybrids in the lab. The makers of beer, wine, biofuels and other products that depend on yeasts may soon have many more strains of the microorganism to work with. Beer first. About 500 years ago, the accidental natural hybridization of […]






North Carolina State University scientists have discovered a new phase of solid carbon, called Q-carbon, which is distinct from the known phases of graphite and the hardest substance of all, diamond. Phases are distinct forms of the same material. For example graphite is one of the solid phases of carbon and diamond is another. They […]






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