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Researcher Develops Cheaper, Better LED Technology

A Florida State University engineering professor has developed a new highly efficient and low cost light emitting diode that could help spur more widespread adoption of the technology.

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Researcher Commercializing Shield Material with Applications to Reduce Concussion Risk, Save Lives

Roy L. Xu, New Mexico State University associate professor of mechanical engineering, discovered a very thin interface bonding material with applications for football helmets to reduce concussions. The material is light and cost-effective to make bulletproof backpacks at a much lower cost than the $300 to $400 range of those currently available.

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Manchester Team Reveal New, Stable 2D Materials

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Dozens of new two-dimensional materials similar to graphene are now available, thanks to research from University of Manchester scientists.

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Graphene Drives Potential for the Next-Generation of Fuel-Efficient Cars

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Graphene could lead to greener more fuel efficient cars in the future by converting heat into electricity.

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‘Diamonds From the Sky’ Approach Turns CO₂ Into Valuable Products

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Finding a technology to shift carbon dioxide (CO2), the most abundant anthropogenic greenhouse gas, from a climate change problem to a valuable commodity has long been a dream. Now, a team of chemists says they have developed a technology to economically convert atmospheric CO2 directly into highly valued carbon nanofibers for industrial and consumer products. They will present the research at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

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Change in Process of Disinfecting Spinach, Salad Greens Could Reduce Illness Outbreaks

Cross contamination in commercial processing facilities that prepare spinach and other leafy greens for the market can make people sick. But researchers are reporting a new, easy-to-implement method that could eliminate or reduce such incidences. The scientists will present their work at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society.

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New Technology Can Expand LED Lighting, Cutting Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Highly efficient, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) could slash the world’s electricity consumption. They are already sold in stores, but are expensive, and many of them give off “harsh” light. But researchers will report today that they have developed a less expensive, more sustainable white LED with a warm glow. The scientists will discuss their research at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

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Solar Cell Efficiency Could Double with Novel ‘Green’ Antenna

The use of solar energy in the U.S. is growing, but panels on rooftops are still a rare sight. They cost thousands of dollars, and homeowners don’t recoup costs for years. But scientists may have a solution. At the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, they report the development of a unique, “green” antenna that could potentially double efficiencies of certain solar cells and make them more affordable.

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How to Preserve Fleeting Digital Information with DNA for Future Generations

Hand-written letters and old photos seem quaint in today’s digital age. But there’s one thing traditional media have over hard drives: longevity. Scientists are turning to nature’s master of information storage to save data. One team demonstrated that synthetic DNA can last 2,000 years, and they’re now working to index the system to make it easier to navigate. They present their work today at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.