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Bendable crystals tie current thinking in knots

Queensland researchers have shown that single crystals, typically thought of as brittle and inelastic, are flexible enough to be bent repeatedly and even tied in a knot.

Synthesizing Pure Graphene, a ‘Miracle Material’ – UConn Today

Formed deep within the earth, stronger than steel, and thinner than a human hair. These comparisons aren’t describing a new super hero. They’re describing graphene, a substance that some experts have called “the most amazing and versatile” known to mankind.

New liquid-metal membrane technology may help make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles viable

While cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells offer clear advantages over the electric vehicles that are growing in popularity (including their longer range, their lower overall environmental impact, and the fact that they can …

Biodegradable microbeads may clean sunblock chemical from seawater

Beach-goers around the world who slather on sunblock before an ocean swim can unwittingly contribute to coral-reef bleaching. Oxybenzone, a chemical in many types of sunblock and some hair products, can cause coral bleaching and death by damaging the coral’s genetic material, according to researchers.

Scientists make major breakthrough in molecular data storage

Researchers from the University of Manchester have discovered that storing data using a class of molecules known as single-molecule magnets is more feasible than initially thought. As Science Daily highlights, research led by Dr. David Mills and Dr. Nicholas Chilton from the university’s school of chemistry reveals that a memory effect called magnetic hysteresis is possible in individual molecules at a temperature of -213 °C.

The Father of Modern Chemistry Proved Respiration Occurred by Freezing a Guinea Pig Antoine Lavoisier gave oxygen its name, from the Greek words for “acid-former.” But that wasn’t his only contribution to scientific understanding of what it does. Born August 26, 1743, Lavoisier “is considered the father of modern chemistry,” according to University of Missouri Libraries.



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