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More Natural Dust in the Air Improves Air Quality in Eastern China

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Man-made pollution in eastern China’s cities worsens when less dust blows in from the Gobi Desert, according to a new study. That’s because dust plays an important role in determining the air temperatures and thereby promoting winds to blow away...
9-May-2017 3:55 PM EDT Add to Favorites

For First Time, Researchers Measure Forces That Align Crystals and Help Them Snap Together

For the first time, researchers have measured the force that draws tiny crystals together and visualized how they swivel and align. Called van der Waals forces, the attraction provides insights into how crystals self-assemble, an activity that...
26-Apr-2017 2:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Video Captures Bubble-Blowing Battery in Action

PNNL researchers have created a unique video that shows oxygen bubbles inflating and later deflating inside a tiny lithium-air battery. The knowledge gained from the video could help make lithium-air batteries that are more compact, stable and can...
26-Apr-2017 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

3 Small Energy Firms to Collaborate with PNNL

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is collaborating with three small businesses to address technical challenges concerning hydrogen for fuel cell cars, bio-coal and nanomaterial manufacturing.
24-Apr-2017 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Changing the Game

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High performance computing researcher Shuaiwen Leon Song asked if hardware called 3D stacked memory could do something it was never designed to do—help render 3D graphics.
20-Apr-2017 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Advantage: Water

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When water comes in for a landing on the common catalyst titanium oxide, it splits into hydroxyls just under half the time. Water's oxygen and hydrogen atoms shift back and forth between existing as water or hydroxyls, and water has the slightest...
13-Apr-2017 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

From Moo – to Goo

Scientists have developed a new system to convert methane into a deep green, energy-rich, gelatin-like substance that can be used as the basis for biofuels and other bioproducts, specialty chemicals – and even feed for cows that create the gas in...
11-Apr-2017 4:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Coming Together, Falling Apart, and Starting Over, Battery Style

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Scientists built a new device that shows what happens when electrode, electrolyte, and active materials meet in energy storage technologies.
5-Apr-2017 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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