Science

Someone once said: today’s technology is tomorrow’s bread and today’s science is tomorrow’s technology. With this in mind, taking a look at the bigger picture – at what the research & development community has to offer – can be inspiring and eye-opening, particularly where an industry like plastics and rubber is concerned in which technology has such high priority.

Overview: Science

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Tortoise electrons trying to catch up with hare photons give graphene its conductivity

03/01/2017

How electrons interact with other electrons at quantum scale in graphene affects how quickly they travel in the material, leading to its high conductivity. Now, Natália Menezes and Cristiane Morais Smith and a Brazilian colleague, Van Sergio Alves, have developed a model attributing the greater conductivity in graphene to the accelerating effect of electrons interacting with ...
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Ultra-thin solution to primary obstacle in solid-state battery development

03/01/2017

A team of researchers at the University of Maryland Energy Research Center and A. James Clark School of Engineering have announced a transformative development in the race to produce batteries that are at once safe, powerful, and affordable.
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Molecular Velcro boosts microalgae's potential in biofuel, industrial applications

23/12/2016

Michigan State University scientists have engineered 'molecular Velcro' into to cyanobacteria, boosting this microalgae's biofuel viability as well as its potential for other research.
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Nanoscale 'conversations' create complex, multi-layered structures

23/12/2016

Scientists have developed a way to efficiently create scalable, multilayer, multi-patterned nanoscale structures with unprecedented complexity. The method introduces a significant leap in material intelligence, because each self-assembled layer guides the configuration of additional layers.
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RIT researchers estimate 10,000 metric tons of plastic enter Great Lakes every year

22/12/2016

A new study by Rochester Institute of Technology that inventories and tracks high concentrations of plastic in the Great Lakes could help inform cleanup efforts and target pollution prevention. Researchers found that nearly 10,000 metric tons -- or 22 million pounds -- of plastic debris enter the Great Lakes every year from the United States and Canada.
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Ultra-thin solution to primary obstacle in solid-state battery development

21/12/2016

Advance could lead to improved battery safety, performance and cost.
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Rudolph's antlers inspire next generation of unbreakable materials

20/12/2016

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have discovered the secret behind the toughness of deer antlers and how they can resist breaking during fights.
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Bisphenol A in canned dog food may increase BPA concentrations in pets

19/12/2016

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a widely used industrial chemical found in many household items, including resins used to line metal storage containers, such as food cans. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that short-term feeding of canned dog food resulted in a significant increase of BPA in dogs. Scientists believe that because of shared environments, dog exposure to BPA ...
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Tortoise electrons trying to catch up with hare photons give graphene its conductivity

16/12/2016

How electrons interact with other electrons at quantum scale in graphene affects how quickly they travel in the material, leading to its high conductivity. Now, Natália Menezes and Cristiane Morais Smith and a Brazilian colleague, Van Sergio Alves, have developed a model attributing the greater conductivity in graphene to the accelerating effect of electrons interacting with ...
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Scientists boost catalytic activity for key chemical reaction in fuel cells

15/12/2016

New catalysts containing platinum and lead could improve the efficiency of fuel cells -- a promising technology for producing clean energy.
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