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Novel ‘Butterfly’ Molecule Could Build New Sensors, Photoenergy Conversion Devices

Exciting new work by a Florida State University research team has led to a novel molecular system that can take your temperature, emit white light, and convert photon energy directly to mechanical motions. And, the molecule looks like a butterfly.

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Rubber Meets the Road with New ORNL Carbon, Battery Technologies

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Recycled tires could see new life in lithium-ion batteries.

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Materials Other Than Silicon for Next Generation Electronic Devices

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As silicon strains against the physical limits of performance, could a material like InGaAs provide enough of an improvement over silicon that it would be worth the expense in new equipment lines and training to make the switch worthwhile?

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Scientists Craft Atomically Seamless, Thinnest-Possible Semiconductor Junctions

The University of Washington researchers have demonstrated that two single-layer semiconductor materials can be connected in an atomically seamless fashion known as a heterojunction. This result could be the basis for next-generation flexible and transparent computing, better light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, and solar technologies.

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ORNL Scientists Uncover Clues to Role of Magnetism in Iron-Based Superconductors

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New measurements of atomic-scale magnetic behavior in iron-based superconductors are challenging conventional wisdom about superconductivity and magnetism.

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Water Leads to Chemical That Gunks Up Biofuels Production

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Trying to understand the chemistry that turns plant material into the same energy-rich gasoline and diesel we put in our vehicles, researchers have discovered that water in the conversion process helps form an impurity which, in turn, slows down key chemical reactions.

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Promising Ferroelectric Materials Suffer From Unexpected Electric Polarizations

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Brookhaven Lab scientists discover surprising head-to-head charge polarizations that impede performance in next-gen materials that might revolutionize data-driven devices

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UPDATED: Keeping Filler Ingredients Out of Your Cup of Coffee

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Coffee drinkers beware: Surprise ingredients may be hiding in your coffee, and growing shortages may well increase the chance of having more fillers in the future. A new test that will be reported today at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, may quickly find them before the beverage reaches stores and restaurants.

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Boise State Engineering Professor Works to Help Solve Mystery Surrounding Portrait of a Mummy

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Using a $1.5 million ion beam microscope, a team of Boise State University materials scientists is analyzing a nano-sized fragment from a Roman-Egyptian mummy portrait to help discover its provenance.

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