chemistry

Toward Greener Chemistry

Toward Greener Chemistry

A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has recently announced a new, safer method to handle phosphorus – a chemical element which is a critical ingredient in fertilizers, pesticides, detergents, and other industrial and household chemicals. Their ...

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Breakthrough in Thin-Film Solar Cells

Breakthrough in Thin-Film Solar Cells

Scientists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Germany have recently reported a breakthrough in their search for more efficient thin-film solar cells. Such cells could help create better solar receptors, improving both capacity and utilization of current devices – ...

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New Method Leads to Thinner Circuitry

New Method Leads to Thinner Circuitry

Researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder, have developed a novel technique using two separate colors of light to reduce the size of circuitry employed in nanotechnology devices such as computer chips and solar cells. Existing methods of creating patterns ...

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Spectroscopy Detects Pesticides on Produce

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have developed a new method for detecting pesticides on produce. The new method uses plasma to aim molecules from the surface of fruits or vegetables into a quadruple time of ...

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Dive with Your Gadgets

A team of scientists from the Northeast Maritime Institute have invented a unique coating substance which protects gadgets against whatever perils which might be a result of contact with liquids. The coating, which the inventors say is ideal for application ...

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Mars’ soil is like Antarctica’s

Mars’ soil is like Antarctica’s

NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander scraped the icy soil of the “Wonderland” area on June 26, confirming that subsurface soil and icy soil can be sampled at a single trench. Now, Phoenix scientists are assured they have a completed the soil-layer ...

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CO2 Absorption Made Easier

CO2 Absorption Made Easier

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) have discovered a new material capable of absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants and other generators of greenhouse gases. According to the scientists, the new substance, which ...

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Oil-Repelling Materials Created

Oil-Repelling Materials Created

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have designed a class of material structures that can repel oils. This discovery may have applications in various fields, but will probably be used mainly in the aviation and space-travel industries. The ...

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19th Century High-Tech

19th Century High-Tech

While High-Tech is a modern term, the archetypal activity is less so. In fact, the first high-tech era began around 1860, with transformations on aromatic organic molecules, such as benzene. The products of this early high-tech industry were synthetic or ...

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2007 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

2007 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is awarding the 2007 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Gerhard Ertl, a researcher at the Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max-Planck Society in Berlin. Ertl will receive the prize for his studies of chemical processes ...

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