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First protein microfiber engineered: New material advances tissue engineering and drug delivery
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:10:52 EDT
Researchers have broken new ground in the development of proteins that form specialized fibers used in medicine and nanotechnology. For as long as scientists have been able to create new proteins that are capable of self-assembling into fibers, their work has taken place on the nanoscale. For the first time, this achievement has been realized on the microscale -- a leap of magnitude in size that presents significant new opportunities for using engineered protein fibers.

Waste, an alternative source of energy to petroleum
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:10:07 EDT
The development of sustainable refineries is the focus of recent research, where it is possible to produce fuels and raw materials providing an alternative to petroleum by using biomass and other waste materials like plastics, tires, etc. Conical spouted beds are the key to the high energy efficiency of these refineries.

Bipolar disorder discovery at the nano level
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:47:05 EDT
A nano-sized discovery helps explain how bipolar disorder affects the brain and could one day lead to new drug therapies to treat the mental illness, researchers report.

As permafrost soils thaw, soil microbes amplify global climate change
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:14:34 EDT
Scientists have discovered how an invisible menagerie of microbes in permafrost soils acts as global drivers of Earth processes such as climate via gas exchange between soils and the atmosphere. These findings will help climate modelers more accurately predict Earth's future climate.

An effective, cost-saving way to detect natural gas pipeline leaks
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:35:58 EDT
Major leaks from oil and gas pipelines have led to home evacuations, explosions, millions of dollars in lawsuit payouts and valuable natural resources escaping into the air, ground and water. Scientists say they have now developed a new software-based method that finds leaks even when they're small, which could help prevent serious incidents -- and save money for customers and industry.