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Researchers discover N-type polymer for fast organic battery

April 6, 2015 1:08 pm | by University of Houston | Comments

Researchers at the University of Houston have reported developing an efficient conductive electron-transporting polymer, a long-missing puzzle piece that will allow ultrafast battery applications. The discovery relies upon a "conjugated redox polymer" design....

Researchers create first metal-free catalyst for rechargeable zinc-air batteries

April 6, 2015 1:00 pm | by Case Western Reserve University | Comments

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University and the University of North Texas have made what they believe is the first metal-free bifunctional electrocatalyst that performs as well or better than most metal and ...

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Water makes wires even more nano

April 6, 2015 12:53 pm | by Rice University | Comments

Water is the key component in a Rice University process to reliably create patterns of metallic and semiconducting wires less than 10 nanometers wide. The technique by the Rice lab of chemist James Tour builds upon its discovery that the meniscus ...

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New advancements in 3-D designs for neural tissue engineering

April 6, 2015 12:48 pm | by Institute of Neural Regeneration & Tissue Engineering | Comments

It is well known that neurological diseases and injuries pose some of the greatest challenges in modern medicine, with few if any options for effectively treating such diagnoses, but recent work suggests a unique approach for reconstructing damaged neural tissue....

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A new breakthrough in thermoelectric materials

April 6, 2015 9:36 am | by Institute for Basic Science | Comments

French physicist Jean Charles Athanase Peltier discovered a key concept necessary for thermoelectric (TE) temperature control in 1834. His findings were so significant, TE devices are now commonly referred to Peltier devices. Since his work ...

Optics, nanotechnology combined to create low-cost sensor for gases

April 6, 2015 9:12 am | by Oregon State University | Comments

Engineers have combined innovative optical technology with nanocomposite thin-films to create a new type of sensor that is inexpensive, fast, highly sensitive and able to detect and analyze a wide range of gases. The technology might find applications in ...

Camera chip provides superfine 3-D resolution

April 6, 2015 9:09 am | by California Institute of Technology | Comments

In a regular camera, each pixel represents the intensity of the light received from a specific point in the image, which could be near or far from the camera--meaning that the pixels provide no information about the relative distance of the ...

Scientists take a deep dive for undersea warriors

April 6, 2015 9:06 am | by Office of Naval Research | Comments

Office of Naval Research (ONR) officials announced today new research support to develop a prototype diving helmet that could revolutionize diving missions -- and provide greater safety for divers. The announcement from ONR's TechSolutions program ...

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Molecule achieves record-setting dipole moment

April 6, 2015 9:03 am | by University of Oklahoma | Comments

A proposed pathway to construct quantum computers may be the outcome of research by a University of Oklahoma physics team that has created a new molecule based on the interaction between a highly-excited type of atom known as ...

Frustrated magnets -- new experiment reveals clues to their discontent

April 6, 2015 9:01 am | by Princeton University | Comments

An experiment conducted by Princeton researchers has revealed an unlikely behavior in a class of materials called frustrated magnets, addressing a long-debated question about the nature of these discontented quantum materials. The work represents a surprising ...

National competition spurs innovation and capacity-building across the country

April 2, 2015 2:30 pm | by Louisiana Tech University | Comments

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced Monday that Louisianan Tech University is among 17 winners of the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) i6 Program national competition designed to advance innovation and capacity-building activities in regions across the country.

UTMB develops new online tool for nurses

April 2, 2015 2:26 pm | by University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston | Comments

As tremendous advances are made in medicine, practitioners have new tools, but they also have more information to absorb and incorporate to provide evidence-based patient care: integrating best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient's perspectives.

Black holes don't erase information, scientists say

April 2, 2015 2:02 pm | by University at Buffalo | Comments

Shred a document, and you can piece it back together. Burn a book, and you could theoretically do the same. But send information into a black hole, and it's lost forever. That's what some physicists have argued for years: That black holes are ...

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Hubble finds ghosts of quasars past

April 2, 2015 11:51 am | by ESA/Hubble Information Centre | Comments

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has imaged a set of enigmatic quasar ghosts -- ethereal green objects which mark the graves of these objects that flickered to life and then faded. The eight unusual looped structures orbit their host galaxies and glow in ...

Battery energy storage project shows promise for electricity network

April 2, 2015 11:47 am | by Griffith University | Comments

With rising electricity prices one of the biggest issues facing households, Griffith University (Australia) research into energy storage and supply holds the promise of cheaper, better quality power for the low voltage (LV) electricity distribution network. According to the research ...

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