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Novel method for making electrical cellulose fibers
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:34:50 EDT
By using liquid salts during formation instead of harsh chemicals, fibers that conduct electricity can be strengthened, according to new research.

New material steals oxygen from the air: One spoonful absorbs all the oxygen in a room
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:32:54 EDT
Researchers have synthesized crystalline materials that can bind and store oxygen in high concentrations. Just one spoon of the substance is enough to absorb all the oxygen in a room. The stored oxygen can be released again when and where it is needed.

Unexpected new mechanism reveals how molecules become trapped in ice
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:14:15 EDT
Expanding our knowledge of the way molecules interact with ice surfaces is a key goal not only for climate change but also a much wider range of other environmental, scientific and defense-related issues. Now, a team of researchers has discovered a new mechanism they call “stable energetic embedding” of atoms and molecules within ice.

New transparent nanoscintillators for radiation detection developed
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:05:27 EDT
Radiation detection properties have been identified in a light-emitting nanostructure made in a new way from two of the least expensive rare earth elements. The new material is made from two of the least expensive rare earth elements, so it is cost-effective. And it could open doors for homeland security and medical advances.

Nitrogen fingerprint in biomolecules could be from early sun
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:45:39 EDT
The pattern of nitrogen in biomolecules like proteins, which differ greatly from that seen in other parts of the solar system, could have been generated by the interactions of light from the early sun with nitrogen gas in the nebula, long before Earth formed.