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Long narrow wires carry heat with little resistance

March 28th, 2020 at 9:51 am » Comments Off

Smooth-walled wire traps high energy phonons, low energy phonons carry heat. Tiny wires may boost heat flow. Getting rid of heat is one of the central challenges with modern technology. It doesn’t matter whether the technology is a high-end server CPU or some pathetically anemic processor in a no-brand set-top box—someone has had to think […]



Quantum researchers able to split one photon into three

March 8th, 2020 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo report the first occurrence of directly splitting one photon into three.  The occurrence, the first of its kind, used the spontaneous parametric down-conversion method (SPDC) in quantum optics and created what quantum optics researchers call a non-Gaussian state of light. A non-Gaussian […]



Breast milk compound found to dissolve tumors in human trials

March 7th, 2020 at 11:33 am » Comments Off

Hamlet Pharma Labs researching a breast milk compound which kills cancer Swedish scientists from the University of Lund have found promising results from researching the effects of a compound found in breast milk – a substance nicknamed Hamlet (Human Alpha-Lactalbumin Made LEthal To Tumor Cells) – on bladder cancer patients. In the early trials, those […]



Experimental study speeds up bone healing with 2 common medications

March 2nd, 2020 at 12:20 pm » Comments Off

In rat experiments the duo of drugs increased levels of circulating stem cells and sped up healing of a spinal fracture A new proof-of-concept study has found a combination of two drugs, already approved by the FDA for other uses, may boost the release of stem cells from bone marrow and accelerate the healing of […]



What’s in your water? Researchers identify new toxic byproducts of disinfecting drinking water

February 20th, 2020 at 12:53 pm » Comments Off

When phenols, compounds that are commonly found in drinking water, mix with chlorine, hundreds of unknown, potentially toxic byproducts are formed. Mixing drinking water with chlorine, the United States’ most common method of disinfecting drinking water, creates previously unidentified toxic byproducts, says Carsten Prasse from Johns Hopkins University and his collaborators from the University of […]



Scientists come up with a method to make oxygen from moon dust

January 21st, 2020 at 1:25 pm » Comments Off

Artist impression of activities in a Moon Base. Power generation from solar cells, food production in greenhouses and construction using mobile 3D printer-rovers. The moon is covered in fine, delicate dust called regolith which sticks to absolutely everything and causes all sorts of technical problems. But it is an abundant resource, and plans for making […]



Scientists accidentally discover new, stable form of plutonium

October 29th, 2019 at 2:45 pm » Comments Off

The team who discovered the stable new form of plutonium, standing with the ROBL spectrometer that confirmed the findK. Kvashnina/ESRF A team of scientists has discovered a new, stable form of plutonium – and done so by accident. The famously unstable element is tricky to transport, store and dispose of, but the find could lead […]



Four revolutionary technologies that are now obsolete

October 14th, 2019 at 2:41 pm » Comments Off

Japan’s last pager has emitted its final beep. Tokyo Telemessage, the country’s only remaining pager provider, shut down its radio signals this week, following decades of dwindling subscribers. Pagers first went on sale in Japan in the 1960s and were known as pokeberu, or “pocket bells”. They were a popular way of contacting someone on […]



Gene editing transforms gel into shape-shifting material

September 10th, 2019 at 3:23 am » Comments Off

  The CRISPR technique can trigger the new material to release drugs or pick up biological signals Is there anything CRISPR can’t do? Scientists have wielded the gene-editing tool to make scores of genetically modified organisms, as well as to track animal development, detect diseases and control pests. Now, they have found yet another application […]



New analysis techniques unearth a trove of unusual minerals

August 1st, 2019 at 11:38 am » Comments Off

    Nataliyamalikite was discovered in Kamchatka’s Avacha Volcano, which emits sulfurous vapor that’s high in thallium.YURI SMITYUK/GETTY IMAGES THE LANDSCAPE OF Kamchatka Peninsula steams with sulfurous vapor, its 29 active volcanoes forming a hazy backdrop for the region’s herds of reindeer and rivers of salmon. One of the most geologically active places in the […]



Hydrogel uses sunlight to harvest fresh water from the sea

July 22nd, 2019 at 12:42 am » Comments Off

The research team (led by Tan Swee Ching, at right) with samples of the hydrogel In many arid coastal regions, a great quantity of valuable fresh water is lost into the atmosphere every day, as it evaporates from the surface of the ocean. This situation prompted scientists to create a new hydrogel that’s highly effective […]



New analysis techniques unearth a trove of unusual minerals

July 17th, 2019 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

  Nataliyamalikite was discovered in Kamchatka’s Avacha Volcano, which emits sulfurous vapor that’s high in thallium.YURI SMITYUK/GETTY IMAGES THE LANDSCAPE OF Kamchatka Peninsula steams with sulfurous vapor, its 29 active volcanoes forming a hazy backdrop for the region’s herds of reindeer and rivers of salmon. One of the most geologically active places in the world, […]



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