Fundamental researchers offer new ways to sort molecules for clean energy
Sep 23, 2016
It's called the office candy dish problem. You grab a jellybean, but it's not the flavor you want. Pawing through for your favorites is irritating in terms of time, energy, and efficacy. It also annoys your office mates. ...
Team discovers way to make alane a better hydrogen fuel option for vehicles
Sep 23, 2016
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, in collaboration with several partners, have discovered a less-expensive, more energy-efficient way to produce alane – aluminum trihydride – a hydrogen source ...
Researchers discover a cell in spinach that uses sunlight to produce electricity and hydrogen
Sep 22, 2016
Using a simple membrane extract from spinach leaves, researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a bio-photo-electro-chemical (BPEC) cell that produces electricity and hydrogen from water using ...
Researchers discover more efficient way to split water, produce hydrogen
Sep 19, 2016
Hydrogen is often considered a fuel for the future, in the form of fuel cells to power electric motors or burned in internal combustion engines. But finding a practical, inexpensive and nontoxic way to produce large amounts ...
Hebridean rock provides clue to life on Mars
Sep 16, 2016
Analysis of rocks in the Outer Hebrides has provided a tantalising clue that Mars may contain habitats which can potentially support life.
For first time, researchers see individual atoms keep away from each other or bunch up as pairs
Sep 15, 2016
If you bottle up a gas and try to image its atoms using today's most powerful microscopes, you will see little more than a shadowy blur. Atoms zip around at lightning speeds and are difficult to pin down at ambient temperatures.
What happened after the lights came on in the universe?
Sep 14, 2016
An experiment to explore the aftermath of cosmic dawn, when stars and galaxies first lit up the universe, has received nearly $10 million in funding from the National Science Foundation to expand its detector array in South ...
On-surface chemistry leads to novel products
Sep 13, 2016
On-surface chemical reactions can lead to novel chemical compounds not yet synthesized by solution chemistry. The first-step, second-step, and third-step products can be analyzed in detail using a high-resolution atomic force ...
Measuring forces in the DNA molecule
Sep 08, 2016
DNA, our genetic material, normally has the structure of a twisted rope ladder. Experts call this structure a double helix. Among other things, it is stabilized by stacking forces between base pairs. Scientists at the Technical ...
Novel material unexpectedly expands with pressure
Sep 08, 2016
Intuition suggests that a sample of material compressed uniformly from all sides should reduce its dimensions. Only a few materials subjected to hydrostatic compression exhibit the opposite behaviour, expanding slightly in ...