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Halving Hydrogen


A fuel cell catalyst that converts hydrogen into electricity must tear open a hydrogen molecule. Now researchers have captured a view of such a catalyst holding onto the two halves of its hydrogen feast, provides insight into how to make the...
4/23/2014 1:00 PM EDT

Significant Baseline Levels of Arsenic Found in Soil Throughout Ohio Are Due to Natural Processes


Geologic and soil processes are to blame for significant baseline levels of arsenic in soil throughout Ohio, according to a new study. Every sample had concentrations higher than the screening level of concern recommended by the U.S. Environmental...
4/16/2014 11:55 AM EDT

Relieving Electric Vehicle Range Anxiety with Improved Batteries

A new nanomaterial called a metal organic framework could extend the lifespan of lithium-sulfur batteries, which could be used to increase the driving range of electric vehicles.
4/15/2014 7:00 PM EDT

Making Dams Safer for Fish Around the World


The pressure changes that many fish experience when they travel through the turbulent waters near a dam can seriously injure or kill the fish. Scientists from around the world, including areas like Southeast Asia and Brazil where huge dams are...
4/14/2014 1:55 PM EDT

The Rush to Rain


A new study in Nature Geoscience shows that dust in the air in North Africa and West Asia absorbs sunlight west of India, warming the air and strengthening the winds carrying moisture eastward, raining down in India about a week later. The results...
3/13/2014 8:00 AM EDT

It’s All Water Over the Dam – But How and When It Falls Has Huge Impact on Salmon


By adjusting water discharges in ways designed to boost salmon productivity, officials at a dam in central Washington were able to more than triple the numbers of juvenile salmon downstream of the dam over a 30-year period.
2/20/2014 3:00 PM EST

A Battery Small Enough to Be Injected, Energetic Enough to Track Salmon


Scientists have created a microbattery that packs twice the energy compared to current microbatteries used to monitor the movements of salmon. The battery is just slightly larger than a long grain of rice and can be injected into an organism.
2/18/2014 11:00 AM EST

Superbright and Fast X-Rays Image Single Layer of Proteins


In biology, a protein's shape is key to understanding how it causes disease or toxicity. Researchers who use X-rays to takes snapshots of proteins need a billion copies of the same protein stacked and packed into a neat crystal. Now, scientists...
2/14/2014 1:00 PM EST

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