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Producing biodegradable plastic just got cheaper, greener
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:42:37 EDT
Biodegradable drinking cups or vegetable wrapping foil: the bioplastic known as polylactic acid (PLA) is already a part of our everyday lives. And yet, PLA is not yet considered a full alternative to traditional petroleum-based plastics, as it is costly to produce. Researchers now present a way to make the PLA production process more simple and waste-free.

New lithium ion battery is safer, tougher, and more powerful
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:27:49 EDT
Lithium ion batteries are a huge technological advancement from lead acid batteries which have existed since the late 1850's.  Thanks to their low weight, high energy density and slower loss of charge when not in use, these have become the preferred choice for consumer electronics.  Lithium-ion cells with cobalt cathodes hold twice the energy of a nickel-based battery and four-times that of lead acid.  Despite being a superior consumer battery, lithium-ion batteries still have some drawbacks.  Current manufacturing technology is reaching the theoretical energy density limit for lithium ion batteries and overheating leading to thermal runaway i.e. "venting with flame" is a serious concern.

'Invisible' protein structure explains the power of enzymes
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:26:13 EDT
A research group has managed to capture and describe a protein structure that, until now, has been impossible to study. The discovery lays the base for developing designed enzymes as catalysts to new chemical reactions for instance in biotechnological applications.

World’s highest magnetic field (1,020MHz) NMR
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:40:36 EDT
Scientists have successfully developed the NMR system equipped with world's highest magnetic field, 1,020 MHz.

New technology using silver may hold key to electronics advances
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:15:20 EDT
Engineers have invented a way to fabricate silver, a highly conductive metal, for printed electronics that are produced at room temperature. There may be broad applications in microelectronics, sensors, energy devices, low emissivity coatings and even transparent displays.