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‘Nanoreporters’ Gather Intel on Oil Prior to Pumping

April 23, 2014 7:00 am | by Rice Univ. | News | Comments

Scientists have created a nanoscale detector that checks for and reports on the presence of hydrogen sulfide in crude oil and natural gas while they’re still in the ground.

Chemists Test Pot for Potency, Safety

April 23, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS | Videos | Comments

In a new video, scientists explain the chemistry behind marijuana's high, and investigate...

Mineral Highlights Nature's Infinite Variability

April 23, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Adelaide | News | Comments

A mineralogy researcher has discovered a new mineral that is unique in structure and composition...

Old Tires Help Make New, Improved Roads

April 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by NSF | News | Comments

A scientist is experimenting with "crumb" rubber— ground up tires of different-sized...

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Old Tires Help Make New, Improved Roads

April 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by NSF | News | Comments

A scientist is experimenting with "crumb" rubber— ground up tires of different-sized particles— to improve the rubberized road materials that a number of states are already using to enhance aging asphalt.

Krypton Accurately Dates Antarctic Ice

April 22, 2014 7:00 am | by Oregon State Univ. | News | Comments

A team of scientists has successfully identified the age of 120,000-year-old Antarctic ice using radiometric krypton dating– a new technique that may allow them to locate and date ice that is more than 1 million years old.

Team Improves Understanding of Valley-wide Stream Chemistry

April 22, 2014 7:00 am | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

A geostatistical approach for studying environmental conditions in stream networks and landscapes has been successfully applied at a valley-wide scale to assess headwater stream chemistry at high resolution, revealing unexpected patterns in natural chemical components.


Peru Flooded with Counterfeit Contraceptives

April 21, 2014 7:00 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A survey of emergency contraceptive pills in Peru found that 28 percent of the batches studied were either of substandard quality or falsified. Many pills released the active ingredient too slowly. Others had the wrong active ingredient. One batch had no active ingredient at all.

Gecko-inspired Adhesive Now Has Real World Uses

April 18, 2014 1:18 pm | by Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst | News | Comments

A team of inventors has created a new, more versatile version of their creation, Geckskin, which can adhere strongly to a wider range of surfaces, yet releases easily, like a gecko’s feet.

Credit Card-sized Anthrax Detector Aids Agriculture

April 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Bacillus anthracis, the bacteria that causes anthrax, is commonly found in soils all over the world and can cause serious, often fatal, illness in both humans and animals. Now, a credit card-sized anthrax detection cartridge makes testing safer, easier, faster and cheaper.

Researchers Grow Material One Level at a Time

April 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Penn State Materials Research Institute | News | Comments

Researchers have shown the ability to grow high-quality, single-layer materials one on top of the other using chemical vapor deposition.

Electrically Controlled Polymer Changes its Properties

April 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences | News | Comments

Electrically controlled glasses with continuously adjustable transparency, new polarization filters and even chemosensors capable of detecting single molecules of specific chemicals could be fabricated thanks to a new polymer that unprecedentedly combines optical and electrical properties.


System Disruption May Release Huge Amounts of Methane

April 18, 2014 7:00 am | by European Association of Geochemistry | News | Comments

Researchers have shown that humic substances act as fully regenerable electron acceptors which helps explain why large amount of methane are held in wetlands instead of being released to the atmosphere. However, there are worries that if this system is disrupted it may release large amounts of methane back into the atmosphere.

Sensor Efficiently Detects Ozone

April 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Network of Valencian Universities for the Promotion of R&D (RUVID) | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a more effective ozone sensor than the ones currently available. The new sensor detects this gas faster and in lower amounts.

Specific Gene Controls Strawberry Sweetness

April 18, 2014 7:00 am | by The Conversation, Madeleine Martiniello | News | Comments

Two studies have found that the distinct flavor of strawberry has been linked to a specific gene, present in some varieties of the fruit– but not in others. The gene, FaFAD1, controls a key flavor volatile compound in strawberries called gamma-decalactone, which is described as fruity, sweet or peachy and contributes to fruit aroma.

Submarine Search is Successful, Yet Yields No Results

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Margie Mason | News | Comments

Investigators have been analyzing data collected by a robotic submarine that completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane. The tests have ruled out that a nearby oil slick came from the aircraft.

Barcode Makes Counterfeiting Harder

April 17, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS | News | Comments

Counterfeiters, beware: scientists are reporting the development of a new type of inexpensive barcode that, when added to documents or currency, could foil attempts at making forgeries.


Research Yields Better, Greener Polyester from Cork

April 17, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS | News | Comments

On the scale of earth-friendly materials, you’d be hard pressed to find two that are farther apart than polyester and cork. In an unexpected twist, however, scientists are figuring out how to extract a natural, waterproof, antibacterial version of the former from the latter.

EPA Recommends Too Much Bleach for Water Purification

April 16, 2014 12:36 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

The EPA’s recommendations for treating water after a natural disaster or other emergencies call for more chlorine bleach than is necessary to kill disease-causing pathogens and are often impractical to carry out, a new study has found.

Decades-old Mystery Key to Less Toxic Antifungals

April 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by Univ. of Illinois | News | Comments

Scientists have solved a decades-old medical mystery– and in the process have found a potentially less toxic way to fight invasive fungal infections, which kill about 1.5 million people a year.

Plant-derived Nanotubes Enable Personalized DNA Delivery

April 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by Inside Science News Service, Cynthia McKelvey | News | Comments

Personalized medicine took one step closer to reality recently with the development of plant-derived nanotubes. These nanotubes hone in on specific tissues in the body and deliver their cargo, in this study's case, a healthy gene to help override a dysfunctional copy.

Ceramic Materials Improve Hydrogen Storage

April 16, 2014 7:00 am | by UC San Diego | News | Comments

Engineers have created new ceramic materials that could be used to store hydrogen safely and efficiently. They also have demonstrated that the compounds could be manufactured using a simple, low-cost manufacturing method known as combustion synthesis.

Blood Test Diagnoses Asthma

April 16, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Wisconsin Madison | News | Comments

A new scalable, cheap, quick, repeatable and accurate tool uses a single drop of blood to diagnose even mild cases of asthma.

Nanocrystalline Cellulose Acts as Viral Inhibitor

April 16, 2014 7:00 am | by Aalto Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers have succeeded in creating a surface on nanosized cellulose crystals that imitates a biological structure. The surface adsorbs viruses and disables them. The results can prove useful in the development of antiviral ointments and surfaces.

Green, Low-cost, Efficient Forklifts Coming Soon

April 15, 2014 1:17 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell systems soon could be powering the forklifts used in warehouses and other industrial settings at lower costs and with faster refueling times than ever before.

Martian Soil Can Yield Fruit

April 15, 2014 1:04 pm | by Wageningen Univ. & Research Centre | News | Comments

The soil on Mars may be suitable for cultivating food crops. In a unique pilot experiment, a scientist tested the growth of 14 plant varieties on artificial Mars soil over 50 days. To his surprise, the plants grew well; some even blossomed.

Alternative to Pap Smear Sparks Concerns

April 15, 2014 12:41 pm | by Associated Press, Matthew Perrone | News | Comments

A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear.

Nanoparticles Deliver Three Cancer Drugs

April 15, 2014 12:00 pm | by MIT, Anne Trafton | News | Comments

Delivering chemotherapy drugs in nanoparticle form could help reduce side effects by targeting the drugs directly to the tumors. Now, chemists have devised a new way to build nanoparticles that can carry and deliver three or more different drugs.

France Casts DNA Dragnet in Rape Case

April 15, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Lori Hinnant | News | Comments

French investigators have begun taking DNA samples from 527 male students and staff at a high school— including boys as young as 14— as they search for the assailant who raped a teenage girl on the closed campus.

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