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09/22/2021
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  • Do our cells use cyanide to communicate?
    A team from the University of Fribourg has gathered compelling evidence that cyanide, a powerful poison even in small doses, is used in minute doses by the cells of our body to communicate. The ...
  • Superconductors. an allegedly sensational effect does not exist at all
    A single measurement result is not a proof - this has been shown again and again in science. We can only really rely on a research result when it has been measured several times, preferably by diff...
  • Recycling robot could help solve soft plastic waste crisis
    Despite an improvement in plastic recycling in recent years, landfill is a growing issue. Soft plastics like cling wrap and plastic bags are a major contributor to the problem, with 94 percent goin...
  • Producing hydrogen using less energy
    The way in which a compound inspired by nature produces hydrogen has now been described in detail for the first time by an international research team from the University of Jena and the University...
  • Microscopy Deep Learning predicts viral infections
    When viruses infect cells, changes in the cell nucleus occur, and these can be observed through fluorescence microscopy. Using fluoresence images from live cells, researchers at the University of Z...
  • Eco-friendly technology to produce energy from textile waste
    A team of scientists from Kaunas University of Technology and Lithuanian Energy Institute proposed a method to convert lint-microfibers found in clothes dryers into energy. They not only constructe...
  • High-performance modules for rapid PCR testing
    The Corona pandemic has greatly increased worldwide interest in rapid yet reliable virus testing. The Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS has now developed innovative "μP...
  • Detecting pathogens with nanosensors
    Spectroscopic analysis methods can be used to detect pathogens such as bacteria or viruses - for example hospital germs, waterborne pathogens or zoonotic pathogens such as coronaviruses - with high...
  • New family of atomic-thin electride materials
    An exploratory investigation into the behavior of materials with desirable electric properties resulted in the discovery of a structural phase of two-dimensional (2D) materials. The new family of m...
  • Gene protection for Covid-19 identified
    A scientific and medical team led by Newcastle University, UK, have demonstrated that the gene, HLA-DRB1*04:01, is found three times as often in people who are asymptomatic. This suggests that peop...
  • X-ray flash imaging of laser-induced bubbles and shockwaves in water
    Everyone is familiar with tiny gas bubbles gently rising up in sparkling water. But the bubbles that were created by intense focused lasers in this experiment were ten times smaller and contained w...
  • A low-cost, mobile near-infra-red spectrometer
    Sugar or sweetener? Cotton or wool? Fake or genuine? At first glance, the average consumer finds it hard to tell the substances that food or textile products actually contain. Equipment which uses ...
  • How catalysts age
    PSI researchers have developed a new tomography method with which they can measure chemical properties inside catalyst materials in 3-D extremely precisely and faster than before. The application i...
  • Enantiomorph distribution maps for metals and metallic alloys
    Left- or right-handedness is a symmetry property that many macroscopic objects also exhibit and which is of immense importance, particularly for the bioactivity of organic molecules. Chirality is a...
  • The biodegradable battery
    The number of data-transmitting microdevices, for instance in packaging and transport logistics, will increase sharply in the coming years. All these devices need energy, but the amount of batterie...
  • Enzymes successfully embedded in plastics
    In general, plastics are processed at way over a hundred degrees Celsius. Enzymes, by contrast, cannot usually withstand these high temperatures. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied...
  • Making batteries live longer with ultrathin lithium
    Our lives today are governed by electronics in all shapes and forms. Electronics, in turn, are governed by their batteries. However, the traditional lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), that are widely us...
  • A more eco-friendly method to produce hydrogen peroxide
    Hydrogen peroxide is used to disinfect minor cuts at home and for oxidative reactions in industrial manufacturing. Now, the pandemic has further fueled demand for this chemical and its antiseptic p...
  • Polypropylene recycling from carpet waste
    A significant part of carpet waste consists of petroleum-based polypropylene. As a non-recyclable product, disposing of it has previously meant incineration or landfill. However, a new solvent is n...
  • Manganese as active material in hybrid redox-flow battery with a long cycle life
    Redox-flow batteries store electrical energy in chemical compounds that are dissolved in an electrolyte. They are a particularly promising alternative to lithium-ion batteries as stationary energy ...
  • Shiny mega-crystals that build themselves
    An international team led by Empa and ETH Zurich researchers is playing with shape-engineered nanoscale building blocks that are up to 100-times larger than atoms and ions. And although these nano ...
  • It takes some heat to form ice
    Researchers from Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) and the Universities of Cambridge and Surrey succeeded to track down the first step in ice formation at a surface, revealing that additional...