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Army research rejuvenates older zinc batteries

Tue, 17 Apr 18 00:07:30 -0700

Army scientists, with a team of researchers from the University of Maryland and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, have created a water-based zinc battery that is simultaneously powerful, rechargeable and intrinsically safe.

A higher-energy, safer and longer-lasting zinc battery

Mon, 16 Apr 18 00:09:30 -0700

Again establishing the University of Maryland (UMD) as a leader in the development of groundbreaking battery technology, a team led by researchers at UMD's A. James Clark School of Engineering has created a water-based zinc battery that is simultaneously powerful, rechargeable, and intrinsically safe. A peer-reviewed paper based on the research was published April 16 in the high-impact journal Nature Materials.

Cheaper, less toxic and recyclable light absorbers for hydrogen production

Tue, 10 Apr 18 00:01:50 -0700

Achieving artificial photosynthesis in solution remains limited by the use of costly and toxic metal-based compounds to harvest light. Researchers at CNRS, CEA and the Université Grenoble Alpes propose an efficient alternative using semiconductor nanocrystals (also called quantum dots) based on cheaper and less toxic elements, such as copper, indium and sulfur.

Ultra-powerful batteries made safer, more efficient

Mon, 09 Apr 18 00:01:50 -0700

An international team of researchers is laying the foundation for more widespread use of lithium metal batteries. They developed a method to mitigate the formation of dendrites -- crystal-like masses -- that damage the batteries' performance.

Food packaging could be negatively affecting nutrient absorption in your body

Mon, 09 Apr 18 00:10:50 -0700

Food packaging could be negatively affecting the way in which your digestive tract operates, according to new research by faculty and students at Binghamton University, State University at New York.

Kesterite solar cells: Germanium promises better opto-electronic properties than tin

Thu, 29 Mar 18 00:15:10 -0700

Specific changes in the composition of kesterite-type semiconductors make it possible to improve their suitability as absorber layers in solar cells. As a team at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin showed, this is particularly true for kesterites in which tin was replaced by germanium. The scientists examined the samples using neutron diffraction at BER II and other methods. The work was selected for the cover of the journal CrystEngComm.

Molecular basis of neural memory -- reviewing 'neuro-mimetic' technologies

Thu, 29 Mar 18 00:14:30 -0700

From the perspective of neuroscientists, the authors review the IBM Brain Chip and the Blue Brain Project, and find them flawed by key oversights.

Knitting electronics with yarn batteries

Wed, 28 Mar 18 00:15:50 -0700

When someone thinks about knitting, they usually don't conjure up an image of sweaters and scarves made of yarn that can power watches and lights. But that's just what one group is reporting in ACS Nano. They have developed a rechargeable yarn battery that is waterproof and flexible. It also can be cut into pieces and still work.

It's a trap!

Wed, 28 Mar 18 00:03:50 -0700

Scientists at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have published a new study that identifies the process by which holes get trapped in nanoparticles made of zinc oxide, a material of potential interest for solar applications because it absorbs ultraviolet light.

Superconductivity in an alloy with quasicrystal structure

Mon, 26 Mar 18 00:13:10 -0700

A Japanese research team led by Nagoya University discovered the first superconductive quasicrystal. The crystalline alloy Al-Zn-Mg became quasicrystalline when the Al content was reduced to 15 percent, while remaining a superconductor, with a very low critical temperature of ~0.05 K. The alloy behaved like a conventional weakly coupled superconductor, but the role of electronic states that are unique to quasicrystals (critical eigenstates) was not found. However, the existence of fractal superconductivity remains possible.

Genetic cause of deadly skin condition afflicting bull terriers discovered

Thu, 22 Mar 18 00:10:40 -0700

In a new study published March 22, 2018 in PLOS Genetics, Anina Bauer of the University of Bern and a large international research team, report the discovery of a mutation that causes lethal acrodermatitis (LAD), a deadly condition that causes skin lesions on the paws and face of affected dogs.

High consumption of red and processed meat linked to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and insulin resistance

Tue, 20 Mar 18 00:04:20 -0700

World meat consumption has increased during the last decades, and evidence is mounting that high consumption of red and mainly processed meat is unhealthy to humans and is related to chronic diseases such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. A new study published in the Journal of Hepatology adds non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) to the list.

Achieving healthy, climate-friendly, affordable diets in India

Tue, 20 Mar 18 00:12:30 -0700

New research led by IIASA researcher Narasimha Rao has shown how it might be possible to reduce micronutrient deficiencies in India in an affordable way whilst also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Ultra-white coating modelled on beetle scales

Tue, 13 Mar 18 00:13:40 -0700

Researchers have developed a super-thin, non-toxic, lightweight, edible ultra-white coating that could be used to make brighter paints and coatings, for use in the cosmetic, food or pharmaceutical industries.

Metal-organic compounds produces new class of glass

Fri, 09 Mar 18 00:00:10 -0800

Lightning and volcanos both produce glass, and humans have been making glass from silicon dioxide since prehistory. Industrialization brought us boron-based glasses, polymer glasses and metallic glasses, but now an international team of researchers has developed a new family of glass based on metals and organic compounds that stacks up to the original silica in glass-forming ability.

Simulation and experiment help TU Dresden researchers study next-generation semiconductors

Thu, 08 Mar 18 00:12:50 -0800

Researchers at TU Dresden are refining methods for studying next-generation organic semiconductors by using a combination of experiments and supercomputing resources at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre.

Lithium-related discovery could extend battery life and improve safety

Tue, 06 Mar 18 00:01:30 -0800

New research from Arizona State University shows using a 3-dimensional layer of Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) as the substrate of lithium metal anode has been found to mitigate dendrite formation and stands to both dramatically extend battery life and diminish safety risks.

In-depth mineral review provides foundational resource for dairy scientists
Life is dependent on minerals. Accordingly, the diets of animals must contain certain minerals in both large amounts, via marcrominerals, and small amounts, via microminerals. In a thorough and wide-ranging review published in the Journal of Dairy Science