Sand absorbs high-speed ballistic impact better than steel
10 hours ago
A study led by Assistant Professor Darren Chian Siau Chen from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore's Faculty of Engineering has found that when a projectile is fired ...
Engineers developing cleanup method for stubborn contaminants
Nov 14, 2016
They're in stain-resistant carpet, paint, permanent markers, food packaging and firefighting foam. Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), a broad class of manufactured chemicals, touch every corner of the industrialized world. ...
Cheaper, more effective cleanup of abandoned oil and gas wells
Nov 14, 2016
Abandoned oil and gas wells are a significant source of greenhouse gases but there are so many scattered across the United States that stopping the leaks presents a huge cost for states. Now, a research team including scientists ...
Geologists find key indicator of carbon sources in Earth's mantle
Nov 09, 2016
Scientists have found a key indicator in determining whether the presence of carbon, found in the Earth's mantle, is derived from continental crust - a step toward better understanding the history of crustal formation on ...
Making new functional polymers for 3-D printers
Oct 19, 2016
Chemical engineers at the University of Melbourne have found a way to 3-D print smart polymers (or plastics) that can perform a function, in a way that is cheaper, cleaner and more accessible than ever before.
VW fix for some cheating diesels could be approved soon
Oct 14, 2016
Repairs that would fix about 15 percent of Volkswagen's cheating 2-liter diesel engines could be approved by regulators in the next few weeks.
New food-ordering formula could lead to less food waste in buffet-style restaurants
Oct 11, 2016
In a 2013 study conducted by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), researchers estimated one third of all food produced for human consumption in the world is lost or wasted. Although waste occurs in ...
Researchers prove fast microbial evolutionary bursts exist
Sep 23, 2016
There are more than a dozen species of finch that evolved on the Galapagos Islands, each identified by beak shape and size. Some have strong beaks to crack nuts while others have long, fine beaks to grasp larvae with surgical ...
Largest-ever study reveals environmental impact of genetically modified crops
Sep 16, 2016
According to new research from University of Virginia economist Federico Ciliberto, widespread adoption of genetically modified crops has decreased the use of insecticides, but increased the use of weed-killing herbicides ...
What's the best way to remove perfluoroalkyls that threaten the water supply?
Sep 09, 2016
Elevated levels of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in drinking water can persist in water supplies for long periods and present an important health risk for millions of Americans, from hormone suppression to potentially ...