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Coconut Oil as a Plasticizer

Poly(lactic acid) with added coconut oil for sustainable food packing

Team creates better 'fingerprints' to detect elusive, valuable chemical compounds

Imagine being able to see the entire Statue of Liberty and a small ant on its nose simultaneously. The drastic difference in size between the two objects would seem to render this task impossible.

New class of 'soft' semiconductors could transform HD displays

A new type of semiconductor may be coming to a high-definition display near you. Scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have shown that a class of semiconductor called halide perovskites is capable of emitting multiple, bright colors from a single nanowire at resolutions as small as 500 nanometers.

Detecting diluteness: New experimental and theoretical approaches 'dive into the pool' of membranes organelles

Inside each and every living cell, there are miniscule structures called membraneless organelles. These tiny powerhouses use chemistry to cue the inner workings of a cell—movement, division and even self-destruction.

DOE grant continues research into rare-earth elements extraction from coal

(Penn State) In 2016, a team of Penn State and US Department of Energy researchers discovered a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to extract rare earth elements (REEs) from coal and coal byproducts. Now, through a $1 million grant from DOE's Office of Fossil Energy, this research may be headed one-step closer to commercialization.

Scientists catch plants in the act of changing chemistry thought to be immutable because necessary for life

Because plants can't get up and run away, they've had to be clever instead. They are the chemists of the living world, producing hundreds of thousands of small molecules that they use as sunscreens, to poison plant eaters, to scent the air, to color flowers, and for much other secret vegetative business.

Hamburg Science Award 2017 goes to Xinliang Feng and Klaus Müllen

(Technische Universität Dresden) Xinliang Feng of Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden / Technische Universität Dresden and Klaus Müllen of Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) in Mainz will be awarded the Hamburg Science Award 2017, which this year is dedicated to the subject of energy efficiency. Show More Summary

Mitochondria targeting anti-tumor compound

(Kumamoto University) Researchers from Kumamoto University in Japan have found that the compound folic acid-conjugated methyl-BETA-cyclodextrin (FA-M-BETA-CyD) has significant antitumor effects on folate receptor-ALPHA-expressing (FR-ALPHA (+)) cancer cells. Show More Summary

Enhanced stability in the presence of water could help reduce smokestack emissions of greenhouse gases

Heat and humidity can harm materials. The conditions inside smokestacks often damage materials that could remove carbon dioxide. This is especially true for metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), which remove carbon dioxide under milder conditions. Show More Summary

Manipulating Earth-abundant materials to harness the sun's energy

Depositing one layer of atoms at a time can result in materials that greatly improve fuel cells, batteries and other devices. In this research, scientists precisely added chromium to iron oxides to control the electronic and optical properties. Show More Summary

New insights into the toxin behind tetanus

(Stockholm University) Tetanus toxin is the neurotoxin that causes lockjaw. Many are vaccinated, but tetanus still kills tens of thousands of people per year worldwide. Researchers from the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, led by Dr. Pål Stenmark, have now uncovered the poison's structure. For the first time, the way the poison is constructed has been revealed.

Natural health product regulation in Canada needs to go further to protect consumers

(Canadian Medical Association Journal) Health Canada's proposed changes to natural health product regulation are a good step forward, but they need to go further to protect consumers, argues Dr. Matthew Stanbrook in an editorial in CMAJ.

Better Delivery Method for Glaucoma Drug

Fast-dissolving nanofiber mats as alternative to eye drops

The friendly honk

(Acoustical Society of America) Sound permeates the human experience and gets our attention, sometimes traumatically so. Consider the car horn. It is a widespread practical application of this noise-trauma-alert principle -- and an increasing source of noise pollution worldwide as the global traffic population grows. Show More Summary

Exploring the potential of human echolocation

(Acoustical Society of America) People who are visually impaired will often use a cane to feel out their surroundings. With training and practice, people can learn to use the pitch, loudness and timbre of echoes from the cane or other sounds to navigate safely through the environment using echolocation. Show More Summary

Climate Change Projected to Cause More Deadly Heatwaves

If emissions remain unchanged, 74 % of the world's population could be at risk by 2100

3D Hybrid Electrode for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting

3D hybrid electrode for both electrochemical and photoelectrochemical water splitting in alkaline media

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Protein mingling under blue light

One of the current challenges in biology is to understand rapidly-changing phenomena. Interestingly, only a small fraction of them is due to proteins acting in isolation, the majority of biological events are regulated by proteins acting together in clusters. Show More Summary

Research accelerates quest for quicker, longer-lasting electronics

(University of California - Riverside) In the world of electronics, where the quest is always for smaller and faster units with infinite battery life, topological insulators (TI) have tantalizing potential.In a paper published todayShow More Summary

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