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June, 2016

  • 30 June

    Some surfaces are wetted by water, others are water-repellent: A new material can be both


    When rain falls on a lotus leaf, the leaf doesn’t get wet. Thanks to its special structure, the water drops roll off without wetting the surface. Artificial materials can be made water-repellent, too. It is, however, extremely challenging to produce a surface with switchable wetting. Now, a research team from …

  • 28 June

    Have hopes of time travel gone pear shaped? Researchers say discovery of fruit-shaped nuclei could make it impossible


    Physicists have confirmed the existence of a new form of atomic nuclei, and the fact that it’s not symmetrical challenges the fundamental theories of physics that explain our Universe. But that’s not as bad as it sounds, because the discovery could help scientists solve one of the biggest mysteries in …

  • 27 June

    This message will self-destruct


    In movies and television series, audio tapes or other devices self-destruct after delivering the details of impossible missions. Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have taken it to a new level with an electron-beam writing technique that induces the deposition of carbon on a graphene surface. The deposits control …

  • 23 June

    Soft decoupling of organic molecules on metal


    An international team has discovered an elegant way to decouple organic nanosheets grown on metal surfaces. After iodine intercalation, measurements at the synchrotron source BESSY II of Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin showed that a network of organic molecules behaved almost as it was free-standing. The strong influence of the metal on the …

  • 22 June

    New research important to atmospheric photochemistry

    A BGSU photochemical sciences research team has shown that a new and unusual reaction path in chemistry occurs not only in the gas phase, but also in solution. According to Dr. Alexander N. Tarnovsky, the finding, which is important to atmospheric photochemistry, also establishes the direct link between chemical reactivity …

  • 21 June

    Scientists glimpse why life can’t happen without water Water molecules control protein motion, study finds

    Scientists are getting closer to directly observing how and why water is essential to life as we know it. A study in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencesprovides the strongest evidence yet that proteins–the large and complex molecules that fold into particular shapes to enable biological reactions–can’t …

  • 20 June

    A new way to degrade plastics that turns them into fuel


    A combined team of researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and University of California has found a way to degrade ordinary plastics in a way that allows for fuel to be created from plastic trash. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes their technique …

  • 17 June

    Suven gets patent for CNS molecules from Canada, Hong Kong


    Drug company Suven Lifestyles Sciences has won a patent each and every from Canada and Hong Kong for molecules to be evolved as medicine for remedy of more than a few central apprehensive device (CNS) issues. The product patents are “valid through 2032 and 2030, respectively,” Suven Lifestyles Sciences stated …

  • 16 June

    Aerosols strengthen storm clouds, lead to extreme weather


    An abundance of aerosol particles in the atmosphere can increase the lifespans of large storm clouds by delaying rainfall, making the clouds grow larger and live longer, and producing more extreme storms when the rain finally does come, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin. The …

  • 15 June

    Global ethane concentrations rising again, says study

    Projecting The Future

    Global emissions of ethane, an air pollutant and greenhouse gas, are on the uptick again, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder. The team found that a steady decline of global ethane emissions following a peak in about 1970 ended between 2005 and 2010 in …