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A Cleansing Rain Falls; A Soil-Filled Mist Arises

Scientists have found that rain triggers the release of a mist of particles from wet soils into the air, a finding with consequences for how scientists model our planet’s climate and future. The evidence comes in the form of tiny glassy spheres,...
28-Apr-2016 5:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Metal Ions First Sneak in, Then Bust Through


For the first time, scientists obtained an atomic view of two key processes in batteries as they are charged; this study offers new insights about the underlying principles involved in energy storage.
26-Apr-2016 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Cleaning Up Hybrid Battery Electrodes Improves Capacity and Lifespan


Hybrid batteries that charge faster than conventional ones could have significantly better electrical capacity and long-term stability when prepared with a gentle-sounding way of making electrodes. Called ion soft-landing, the high-precision...
21-Apr-2016 5:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Unexpected Discovery Leads to a Better Battery


An unexpected discovery has led to a zinc-manganese oxide rechargeable battery that’s as inexpensive as conventional car batteries, but has a much higher energy density.
18-Apr-2016 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Powerful Mass Spectrometer Opens New Vistas for Scientists

Scientists now have access to a powerful new resource – a new 21 Tesla Ultra-High-Resolution Mass Spectrometer – to help them address pressing science challenges related to the environment, biology and energy.
13-Apr-2016 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Microbes Take Center Stage in Workings of ‘the River’s Liver’

Scientists have found evidence that rising river waters deliver a feast of carbon to hungry microbes where water meets land, triggering increased activity and altering the flow of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
5-Apr-2016 4:20 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Plastic Proteins: Synthetic Material Mimics Essential Characteristics of Natural Proteins


Researchers hoping to design new materials for energy uses have developed a system to make synthetic polymers -- some would say plastics -- with the versatility of nature's own polymers, the ubiquitous proteins. Based on an inexpensive industrial...
6-Apr-2016 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Lithium Hoarding Behind Failure of Promising New Battery


A salt plays a critical role in allowing lithium-sulfur batteries to hold a charge after more than 200 uses; this work offers needed design principles for creating long-lasting, high-capacity batteries.
1-Apr-2016 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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