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New 'sponges' capture carbon in a powder - Futurity

Materials scientists have invented new "sponges" for carbon capture that could make the technology more popular.

Chemistry

Strange rock containing 30,000 diamonds baffles scientists

Miners unearth rare rock stuffed full of diamonds that has baffled scientists<p>When Russian miners pulled a strange red and green stone out of the ground, they immediately knew it was different to the thousands of tons of ore they process every day.<p>In fact, what workers at <b>Alrosa</b>'s Udachnaya diamond …

University of Tennessee

Methane on Mars: does it mean the Curiosity rover has found life?

The results are certainly tantalising. From time to time, Mars belches out clouds of methane, a gas that on Earth comes largely from life. When animals and other organisms eat food they produce methane as a waste gas. From one end or the other, that gas ultimately finds its way out into the …

Harvard cracks DNA storage, crams 700 terabytes of data into a single gram - ExtremeTech

By on August 17, 2012 at 10:22 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>A bioengineer and geneticist at …

Multi-tasking nanoparticle both seeks and destroys cancerous cells

Nanoparticles hold great potential as a way of both detecting cancer cells and delivering the drugs to treat them. One hurdle that has proven …

Nanotech

Deep Sea Bugs Inspire New Method Of Destroying Cancer-Causing Pollutants

British scientists have cracked the secret of how microscopic deep sea creatures use an everyday vitamin to break down some of the most dangerous chemicals produced by human civilisation.<p>A researcher at the University of Manchester has spent 15 years studying microbes which use the vitamin B12 to …

Unexpected finding shows nanoparticles keep their internal crystal structure while flexing like droplets

A surprising phenomenon has been found in metal nanoparticles: They appear, from the outside, to be liquid droplets, wobbling and readily changing …

Five New Materials of the Possible Immediate Future - OpenMind

The science of materials is one in which much progress is occurring and its application is virtually immediate. Perhaps its findings do not produce …

World’s First ‘Solar Battery’ Captures and Stores Sun’s Energy

Clean Energy

MAVEN Arrives in Martian Orbit

Wildlife<p><b>MAVEN has arrived at Mars. After ten months and a 422-million-mile (711 million kilometers) journey, the NASA spacecraft fired its thrusters and dropped into Martian orbit at 9:50 p.m. EDT on Sunday.</b><p>“NASA now has another healthy orbiter around Mars,” said Jim Crocker of Lockheed Martin …

New species of electrons can lead to better computing

Electrons that break the rules and move perpendicular to the applied electric field could be the key to delivering next generation, low-energy …

Real-life 'Flubber', made in the UK, saving lives in war zones and on the football field

VIDEO: An orange goo, invented and manufactured in Britain, is being used to protect Hollywood celebrities from harm during daring stunts, keep soldiers safe and reduce brain trauma in American football<p>Flubber, starring Robin Williams as a mad professor who invents a new rubber-like substance, was …

Niobium (new) - Periodic Table of Videos

Tiny new synthetic diamonds increase strength of girl's best friend

Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but they're also prized by oil drillers, road crews and experimental physicists for their unparalleled ability to bore, grind and cut. Now scientists have synthesized microscopic diamonds that are harder, tougher and more stable than any made in nature or in a …

A new way to create compact light sources

(Phys.org) —SLAC scientists have found a new way to produce bright pulses of light from accelerated electrons that could shrink "light source" …

Record warm April ... and most Antarctic ice

While the globe last month endured its warmest April in 135 years of records (tied with 2010), Antarctic sea ice reached its largest April extent on record, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).<p>Antarctic sea ice last month measured …

To Space or Not to Space? Virgin Galactic Addresses the Question

Virgin Galactic's CEO says his company is aiming to take passengers beyond 62 miles (100 kilometers) in altitude, but they'll be counted as space travelers if they just rise above the 50-mile mark.<p>That 12-mile span highlights differences in definitions of the outer-space boundary, as well as …

Space Travel

An illustrated guide to our collapsing Antarctic glaciers

Structurally critical glaciers from the West Antarctic ice sheet are disappearing way faster than we realized, two teams of scientists recently reported.<p>Their papers—one from NASA and the University of California, Irvine, the other from the University of Washington—both say there’s nothing we can …

Antarctica

Nanowires three atoms wide could lead to paper-thin gadgets

What's that odd shape, you ask? That's the world's thinnest nanowire -- and it could be the key to a future wave of flexible devices. In blasting single-layered, semiconducting materials with an electron beam, Vanderbilt University student Junhao Lin has created wires that measure just three atoms …

A Skyscraper-Sized Solar-Wind Tower Could Become North America's Tallest Structure

Scientists Create Element 117, Which Is 40% Heavier Than Lead

Element 117, a super-heavy atom with a long half-life is, according to an international team of scientists, real and ready to take its place on the …

Ambri: The Battery to Launch a Renewable Energy Revolution | Inc.com

When MIT chemistry professor Don Sadoway received an email from Bill Gates's personal assistant in 2009, asking if he would meet with Gates, Sadoway assumed it was a prank, and ignored it. It wasn't until he got a follow up email, this time from Gates, himself, that he realized this was no joke. As …

Clean Energy

Unique Mineral Discovered In Australia

The new substance is called putnisite.<p>A previously unknown mineral has been discovered in a remote location in Western Australia. The mineral, named putnisite, appears purple and translucent, and contains strontium, calcium, chromium, sulphur, carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, a very unusual combination.<p>…

Chemistry

Lithium-sulfur batteries last longer with nanomaterial-packed cathode

Metal organic frameworks—also called MOFs—are crystal-like compounds made of metal clusters connected to organic molecules, or linkers. Together, the …

First direct observations of excitons in motion achieved

A quasiparticle called an exciton—responsible for the transfer of energy within devices such as solar cells, LEDs, and semiconductor circuits—has …