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Chemistry finding could make solar energy more efficient

Ohio State University

Scientists for the first time have developed a single molecule that can absorb sunlight efficiently and also act as a catalyst to transform solar energy into hydrogen, a clean alternative to fuel for things like gas-powered vehicles. This new molecule collects energy from the entire visible spectrum, and can harness more than 50% more solar energy than current solar cells can. The finding could help humans transition away from fossil fuels and toward energy sources that do not contribute to climate change.

Channels: Chemistry, Climate Science, DOE Science News, Energy, Nature (journal), All Journal News,

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22-Jan-2020 3:05 PM EST
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Surprise discovery shakes up our understanding of gene expression

University of Chicago

A group of University of Chicago scientists has uncovered a previously unknown way that our genes are made into reality. Rather than directions going one-way from DNA to RNA to proteins, the latest study shows that RNA itself modulates how DNA is transcribed—using a chemical process that is increasingly apparent to be vital to biology. The discovery has significant implications for our understanding of human disease and drug design.

Channels: Cell Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Pharmaceuticals, All Journal News,

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22-Jan-2020 2:50 PM EST
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Urine Reuse as Fertilizer Is Not Likely to Transfer Antibiotic Resistance

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Going “green” with urine carries some potential risks. Now, research published in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) shows this risk is likely to be minimal.

Channels: Chemistry, Drug Resistance, Infectious Diseases, Environmental Health, All Journal News, Staff Picks,

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17-Jan-2020 10:00 AM EST
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Ozone-depleting substances caused half of late 20th-century Arctic warming, says study

Earth Institute at Columbia University

A scientific paper published in 1985 was the first to report a burgeoning hole in Earth's stratospheric ozone over Antarctica. Scientists determined the cause to be ozone-depleting substances - long-lived artificial halogen compounds.

Channels: All Journal News, Chemistry, Climate Science, Environmental Science, Nature, Nature (journal),

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21-Jan-2020 11:50 AM EST
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Newswise: Catch and Release: MTU Biochemists Purify Proteins with a Fishing Technique

Catch and Release: MTU Biochemists Purify Proteins with a Fishing Technique

Michigan Technological University

Protein purification is a multibillion-dollar industry. A new purification process developed by Michigan Tech biochemists, called capture and release (CaRe), is a lot like catch and release fishing. It comes down to the picking the right lure to bait a specific protein and CaRe speeds up protein purification while also lowering costs.

Channels: Cell Biology, Chemistry, All Journal News, Grant Funded News,

Released:
16-Jan-2020 4:15 PM EST
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Clothes last longer and shed fewer microfibers in quicker, cooler washing cycles

University of Leeds

Those nice new clothes you got for Christmas or in the new year sales might just last longer, thanks to advice from scientists researching the impact washing machines have on clothes and the environment.

Channels: Chemistry, Climate Science, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Materials Science, Nature, Physics, Pollution, All Journal News,

Released:
14-Jan-2020 3:05 PM EST
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Newswise: Colloidal Quantum Dot Laser Diodes are Just Around the Corner

Colloidal Quantum Dot Laser Diodes are Just Around the Corner

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos scientists have incorporated meticulously engineered colloidal quantum dots into a new type of light emitting diodes (LEDs) containing an integrated optical resonator, which allows them to function as lasers.

Channels: Chemistry, Engineering, Quantum Mechanics, Technology, Nature (journal), All Journal News,

Released:
14-Jan-2020 1:20 PM EST
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Surprising Beauty Found in Bacterial Cultures

University of California San Diego

Researchers at University of California San Diego have discovered that when certain microbes pair up, stunning floral patterns emerge.

Channels: Cell Biology, Chemistry, Microbiome, Staff Picks, All Journal News, Grant Funded News,

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7-Jan-2020 1:20 PM EST
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Newswise: How to Make it Easier to Turn Plant Waste into Biofuels

How to Make it Easier to Turn Plant Waste into Biofuels

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Researchers have developed a new process that could make it much cheaper to produce biofuels such as ethanol from plant waste and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Their approach, featuring an ammonia-salt based solvent that rapidly turns plant fibers into sugars needed to make ethanol, works well at close to room temperature, unlike conventional processes, according to a Rutgers-led study in the journal Green Chemistry.

Channels: All Journal News, Energy, Engineering, Environmental Science, Green Tech, Chemistry,

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14-Jan-2020 6:00 AM EST
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