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Scientists find a way of acquiring graphene-like films from salts to boost nanoelectronics
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:28:58 EDT
Scientists have found a way to acquire 2-D graphene-like layers of various salts. Because to the unique properties of two-dimensional materials, this opens up great prospects for nanoelectronics. Using computer modeling they have found the exact parameters, under which certain salts undergo graphitization -- rearrangement of atoms in the slab with further decomposition of a crystal into 2-D layers.The received data will soon be used to acquire these layers experimentally.

Ultrathin, transparent oxide thin-film transistors developed for wearable display
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:28:48 EDT
Ultrathin and transparent oxide thin-film transistors have been developed for an active-matrix backplane of a flexible display by using the inorganic-based laser lift-off method.

Waste from test fracking wells safe to be on highways, research concludes
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:13:00 EDT
Researchers studied drilling wastes produced at two research wells near Morgantown and found they are well below federal guidelines for radioactive or hazardous waste.

Breakthrough solar cell captures carbon dioxide and sunlight, produces burnable fuel
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:29:21 EDT
Researchers have engineered a potentially game-changing solar cell that cheaply and efficiently converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydrocarbon fuel, using only sunlight for energy.

Fast-growth cyanobacteria have allure for biofuel, chemical production
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:04:37 EDT
While relentless bright light brings many forms of cyanobacteria to their knees -- figuratively, of course -- Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002 does the opposite, thriving and growing at a rate that far outpaces most of its peers. Now researchers know why: it triples in size to accommodate a rapid expansion of the cellular machinery it uses to build proteins.