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Artificial photosynthesis steps into the light
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:30:34 EDT
A new project aims to create an efficient, simple-to-manufacture oxygen-evolution catalyst that pairs well with semiconductors for advanced solar cells. The technique could lead to unique catalysts for other applications.

Study refines filters for greener natural gas
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:24:40 EDT
Scientists have mapped out the best materials for either carbon dioxide capture or balancing carbon capture with methane selectivity.

Promising results obtained with a new electrocatalyst that reduces the need for platinum
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:13:20 EDT
A group researchers has developed a manufacturing method for electrocatalysts that only uses one hundredth of the amount of platinum generally used in commercial products. The activity achieved using the new material is similar to that of commercial electrocatalysts. The method is based on the special characteristics of carbon nanotubes.

Cryo-electron microscopy achieves unprecedented resolution using new computational methods
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:12:54 EDT
Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) -- which enables the visualization of viruses, proteins, and other biological structures at the molecular level -- is a critical tool used to advance biochemical knowledge. Now researchers have extended cryo-EM's impact further by developing a new computational algorithm instrumental in constructing a 3-D atomic-scale model of bacteriophage P22 for the first time.

The world’s first international race for molecule-cars, the Nanocar Race is on
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:26:15 EDT
Nanocars will compete for the first time ever during an international molecule-car race on April 28-29, 2017 in Toulouse (south-western France). The vehicles, which consist of a few hundred atoms, will be powered by minute electrical pulses during the 36 hours of the race, in which they must navigate a racecourse made of gold atoms, and measuring a maximum of a 100 nanometers in length.