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July, 2016

  • 5 July

    From climate killer to fuels and polymers

    Researchers have discovered a catalyst that performs highly selective conversion of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into ethylene — an important source material for the chemical industry. In the journal Nature Communications, a team headed by Prof Dr Beatriz Roldan Cuenya from Ruhr-Universität Bochum describes how plasma-treated copper can be …

  • 3 July

    Role played by solvents at extreme pressure

    Researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the Technische Universität Dortmund have examined how the interactions between solvents and biomolecules change at high pressure. With infrared spectroscopy and computer simulations, they analysed the behaviour of the small molecule TMAO — short for trimethylamine oxide — in a pressure range from one …

  • 1 July

    Building a smart cardiac patch

    Scientists and doctors in recent decades have made vast leaps in the treatment of cardiac problems — particularly with the development in recent years of so-called “cardiac patches,” swaths of engineered heart tissue that can replace heart muscle damaged during a heart attack. Thanks to the work of Charles Lieber …

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 …