Daily Archives: March 11, 2019

Driving water down nanohighways

Schematic depictions of membranes with ordered (left) and disordered (right) channel structures. Credit: Xavier Pita Removing water vapor from air and other gas mixtures, which is crucial for many industrial processes and air conditioning, could become cheaper and more effective through polymer membrane technology now developed at KAUST. “We have …

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NASA Goddard teams to study unopened Apollo samples

Natalie Curran, proposal science principal investigator, works on a mass spectrometer inside the laboratory. Credit: NASA Two proposals submitted by teams, led by scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, have been selected to analyze unopened Apollo samples. The proposals were selected under The Apollo Next Generation …

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Turning buildings into energy producers

EPFL has become the coordinator of Be-Smart, an EU research project that aims to step up the deployment of building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and cut their costs by 75% between now and 2030. The project was launched in response to EU regulations that require new buildings to be nearly zero-energy by …

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Research shows new corrosion inhibitor is 10 times more effective

Test results demonstrating areas of 1mm (Intelli-ion) vs. 10mm (control) creep in samples. Credit: Hexigone Ltd Independent research has shown that a safer, smarter corrosion inhibitor can protect products for up to ten times longer, plugging the performance gap for an effective, chrome-free inhibitor. The product was developed by Hexigone, …

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Tesla changes course, will keep more showrooms open

Tesla will have fewer stores with limited offerings, and most customers will simply be shown how to order a vehicle online Electric carmaker Tesla is reversing course on its decision to move most of its sales online, saying it will keep many of its showrooms open—but will need to hike …

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Novel technology aims to improve lithium metal battery life, safety

A reactive polymer composite, picturing the electrochemical interface between lithium metal anode and electrolyte is stabilized by the use of a reactive polymer composite, enabling high-performance rechargeable lithium metal batteries. Credit: Donghai Wang,Penn State Rechargeable lithium metal batteries with increased energy density, performance, and safety may be possible with a …

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Controlling thermal conductivity of polymers with light

Under ambient conditions or visible light (left side), the polymer is crystalline and has a high thermal conductivity. Once exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light (right side) it transforms to a low thermal conductivity liquid. Imaging performed using polarized optical microscopy; crystals appear bright, and liquid dark. Inset images show schematic …

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