Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) engineers have synthesized a tiny structure with high surface area and discovered how its unique architecture drives ions across interfaces to transport energy or information. Their ‘nanobrush’ contains bristles made of alternating crystal sheets with vertically aligned interfaces and plentiful pores. ORNL’s Ho Nyung Lee, who led the study said, […]

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) researchers have developed a new method to convert gaseous, low-weight hydrocarbons into more complex molecules by illuminating the hydrocarbons with light in the presence of a suitable catalyst. In industry, gaseous hydrocarbons, such as ethane and methane, are frequently changed into molecules that can act as building blocks for pharmaceuticals […]

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) theoretical study suggests that small changes in roadway paving practices could reduce efficiency loss, potentially eliminating a half-percent of the total greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, at little to no cost.  (One suspects that would also mean a half percent reduction in fuel use.) Every time you […]

University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) chemical engineers have found a way by making catalysts to convert waste carbon dioxide recycling it into useful industrial products. The process so far has been expensive and complicated – until now. Engineers explain in the press release it’s as easy as playing with Legos. The carbon dioxide […]

The strongest permanent magnets today contain a mix of the elements neodymium and iron. However, neodymium on its own does not behave like any known magnet, confounding researchers for more than half a century. Now Radboud University Nijmegen The Netherlands physicists have now shown that neodymium behaves like a so-called ‘self-induced spin glass,’ meaning that […]

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