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Lubing up industry, the natural way
Sesame oil might make a viable and sustainable alternative to mineral oil as an industrial lubricant, according to research published in the International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology. (2017-05-08)

Researchers design coatings to prevent pipeline clogging
A new coating developed at MIT could prevent methane clathrate clogs and blowouts in oil pipelines. (2017-04-14)

Surprisingly long lifetime of high adhesion property of plasma-treated PTFE
Osaka University researchers report heat-assisted plasma treatment can expand PTFE's applications to the medical and food fields. (2017-04-12)

Nano-level lubricant tuning improves material for electronic devices and surface coatings
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new approach to dynamically tune the micro- and nano-scale roughness of atomically thin MoS2, and consequently the appropriate degree of hydrophobicity for various potential MoS2-based applications. (2017-02-10)

Sheet bulk metal forming research gains €4.7 million in funding
An outstanding success for Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg -- the German Research Foundation has extended the Collaborative Research Centre SFB/TRR 73 which will be funded with approximately €4.7 million over the next four years. The objective of the upcoming project phase is to develop manufacturing processes for sheet bulk metal forming in industry. (2017-02-08)

Ospemifene in vulvovaginal atrophy: Added benefit not proven
The study data allow no conclusion on added benefit: the study populations are unsuitable, two of the three studies are too short, and requirements for the comparator therapy were not met. (2016-08-10)

Argonne technology wins 2016 TechConnect National Innovation Award
A Graphene-nanodiamond solution for achieving superlubricity that was developed at the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory has won a 2016 TechConnect National Innovation Award. TechConnect is a global innovation prospecting company, delivering the most promising technologies to the world's leading corporate, investment and government clients. (2016-05-26)

A slick way to test artificial knees and hips
A new study suggests that natural proteins can be used to effectively test new replacement hip and knee joints in the laboratory. The work could help with improving design in order to reduce wear and tear and increase the lifespan of such prosthetics. Details are reported this week in the International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering. (2016-05-19)

Molybdenum disulfide holds promise for light absorption
Using a layer of molybdenum disulfide less than 1 nanometer thick, Rice University researchers in Isabell Thomann's lab have designed a system that can absorb more than 35 percent of incident light in the 400- to 700-nanometer wavelength range. (2016-05-05)

Computer simulation discloses new effect of cavitation
Researchers have discovered a so far unknown formation mechanism of cavitation bubbles by means of a model calculation. In the Science Advances journal, they describe how oil-repellent and oil-attracting surfaces influence a passing oil flow. Depending on the viscosity of the oil, a steam bubble forms in the transition area. This so-called cavitation may damage material of e.g. ship propellers or pumps. However, it may also have a positive effect. (2016-03-26)

Drexel researchers roll out new method for making the invisible brushes that repel dirt
Christopher Li, Ph.D., a professor in Drexel University's College of Engineering, reports in Nature Communications on his method for making polymer nanobrushes that spring from two-dimensional sheets of polymer crystals. (2016-03-24)

World's thinnest lens to revolutionize cameras
Scientists have created the world's thinnest lens, one two-thousandth the thickness of a human hair, opening the door to flexible computer displays and a revolution in miniature cameras. Lead researcher Dr Yuerui (Larry) Lu from The Australian National University (ANU) said the discovery hinged on the remarkable potential of the molybdenum disulphide crystal. (2016-03-11)

Graphene slides smoothly across gold
Graphene, a modified form of carbon, offers versatile potential for use in coating machine components and in the field of electronic switches. An international team of researchers led by physicists at the University of Basel, and including TU Dresden (Dr. Andrea Benassi and Dr. Xinliang Feng) have been studying the lubricity of this material on the nanometer scale. (2016-03-04)

Graphene slides smoothly across gold
Graphene, a modified form of carbon, offers versatile potential for use in coating machine components and in the field of electronic switches. An international team of researchers led by physicists at the University of Basel have been studying the lubricity of this material on the nanometer scale. Since it produces almost no friction at all, it could drastically reduce energy loss in machines when used as a coating, as the researchers report in the journal Science. (2016-02-25)

Research reveals carbon films can give microchips energy storage capability
After more than half a decade of speculation, fabrication, modeling and testing, an international team of researchers led by Drexel University's Dr. Yury Gogotsi and Dr. Patrice Simon of Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France, have confirmed that their process for making carbon films and micro-supercapacitors will allow microchips and their power sources to become one and the same. (2016-02-11)

Increasing oil's performance with crumpled graphene balls
Crumpled graphene balls self-disperse in oil to reduce friction and protect engines better than commercial lubricants. (2016-01-25)

Chitchat and small talk could serve an evolutionary need to bond with others
Princeton University research suggests that idle conversation could be a social-bonding tool passed down from primates. The researchers found that lemurs use vocalizations far more selectively than previously thought, primarily exchanging calls with individuals with which they have close relationships. The findings could have implications for how scientists understand the evolution of primate vocalizations and human speech. (2015-12-14)

Taking Truvada 'as needed' can prevent HIV-transmission amongst people at high-risk
In a study into the prevention of HIV transmission, people who took the antiretroviral drug Truvada were 86 percent less likely to contract the disease than those who took a placebo, report the researchers who led the study. (2015-12-01)

Basque research harnessed to manufacture more environmentally friendly vehicles
The IK4 R&D Alliance has been leading a European project in which new techniques have been designed to manufacture lighter structural automotive parts. (2015-11-18)

Superconductor survives ultra-high magnetic field
Physicists from the universities of Groningen and Nijmegen (the Netherlands) and Hong Kong have discovered that transistors made of ultrathin layers molybdeendisulfide (MoS2) are not only superconducting at low temperatures but also stay superconducting in a high magnetic field. This is a unique phenomenon with exciting promises for the future. The results are published on 12 November by the journal Science. (2015-11-12)

Land-facing, southwest Greenland Ice Sheet movement decreasing
In the face of decades of increasing temperatures and surface melting, the movement of the southwest portion of the Greenland Ice Sheet that terminates on land has been slowing down, according to a new study being published by the journal Nature on Oct. 29. (2015-10-28)

Anti-clumping strategy for nanoparticles
Nanoparticles are ubiquitous in industrial applications ranging from drug delivery and biomedical diagnostics to developing hydrophobic surfaces, lubricant additives and enhanced oil recovery solutions in petroleum fields. For such nanoparticles to be effective, they need to remain well dispersed into the fluid surrounding them. In a study published in EPJ B, Brazilian physicists identified the conditions that lead to instability of nanoparticles and producing aggregates. (2015-10-16)

How the stick insect sticks (and unsticks) itself
New research shows the fluid found on insects' feet does not help them adhere to vertical and inverted surfaces, as previously thought, but may in fact help them to unstick their feet more easily to allow greater control over their sticking power. (2015-10-07)

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, September 2015
This tip sheet includes ORNL lamp simulates sun in tests for NASA; ORNL model examines diabetes progression; Hybrid lubricant holds great promise for engine efficiency; ORNL, partners score success with wireless charging demo; New software helps in design of quantum computers, batteries (2015-09-01)

An engineered surface unsticks sticky water droplets
The leaves of the lotus flower and other natural surfaces that repel water and dirt, have been the model for many types of engineered liquid-repelling surfaces. As slippery as these surfaces are, however, tiny water droplets still stick to them. Now, Penn State researchers have developed nano/micro-textured, highly slippery surfaces able to outperform these naturally inspired coatings, particularly when the water is a vapor or tiny droplets. (2015-08-31)

Snake scales protect steel against friction
A snake moves without legs by the scales on its belly gripping the ground. It generates friction at the points needed to move forwards only and prevents its scales from being worn off by too much friction. Researchers of KIT have found a way to transfer this feature to components of movable systems. In this way, durability of hip prostheses, computer hard disks or smartphones might be enhanced. Their results are published in the journal 'Bioinspiration & Biomimetics.' (2015-08-17)

Twin discoveries, 'eerie' effect may lead to manufacturing advances
The discovery of a previously unknown type of metal deformation -- sinuous flow -- and a method to suppress it could lead to more efficient machining and other manufacturing advances by reducing the force and energy required to process metals. (2015-07-27)

Breast cancer survivors who experience pain during intercourse may benefit from lidocaine
Scientists at Oregon Health & Science University report that breast cancer survivors who experience pain during sexual intercourse, a common side effect of breast cancer treatment, may achieve comfort when liquid lidocaine is applied strategically to prevent pain. Their research was published online today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. (2015-07-27)

Simulations lead to design of near-frictionless material
Argonne scientists used the Mira supercomputer to identify and improve a new mechanism for eliminating friction, which fed into the development of a hybrid material that exhibited superlubricity at the macroscale for the first time. ALCF researchers helped enable the groundbreaking simulations by overcoming a performance bottleneck that doubled the speed of the team's code. (2015-07-21)

Friction reduction breakthrough is no snake oil
Snake skin inspired surfaces smash records, providing an astonishing 40 percent friction reduction in tests of high performance materials. These new surfaces could improve the reliability of mechanical components in machines such as high performance cars and add grist to the mill of engineers designing a new generation of space exploration robots. (2015-06-30)

Mold unlocks new route to biofuels
Scientists at the University of Manchester have made an important discovery that forms the basis for the development of new applications in biofuels and the sustainable manufacturing of chemicals. (2015-06-17)

Leaving on a biofueled jet plane
Researchers at the Energy Biosciences Institute have developed a catalytic process for converting sugarcane biomass into a new class of aviation fuel and lubricant base oils that could help biorefineries achieve net life-cycle greenhouse gas savings of up to 80 percent. (2015-06-15)

Rubbers, roughness and reproduction
University of Leicester researchers discover the importance of using the right rubber for the job. (2015-05-28)

Study proposes common mechanism for shallow and deep earthquakes
A new study published online in Nature Geosciences by a research team led by University of California, Riverside geologists reports that a universal sliding mechanism operates for earthquakes of all depths -- from the deep ones all the way up to the crustal ones. The physics of the sliding is the self-lubrication of the earthquake fault by flow of a new material consisting of tiny new crystals, the study reports. (2015-05-18)

Researchers identify key substance that protects against pre-term birth
Researchers at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have identified hyaluronon as a critical substance made by the body that protects against premature births caused by infection. (2015-01-12)

Scientists make droplets move on their own
Droplets are simple spheres of fluid, not normally considered capable of doing anything on their own. But now researchers have made droplets of alcohol move through water. In the future, such moving droplets may deliver medicines. (2014-09-29)

Most gay and bisexual men in the United States have used lubricants during sexual activity
More than 90 percent of gay and bisexual men in the United States have used lubricants to enhance a wide range of sexual activities, including but not limited to anal intercourse, researchers report in a Journal of Sexual Medicine study. (2014-08-04)

Liquid crystal as lubricant
Thanks to a new lubricant, small gears can run with virtually no friction. Made from liquid crystalline fluid, these lubricants drastically reduce friction and wear. (2014-05-22)

Dog ownership benefits families of children with autism, MU researcher finds
A University of Missouri researcher studied dog ownership decisions in families of children with autism and found, regardless of whether they owned dogs, the parents reported the benefits of dog ownership included companionship, stress relief and opportunities for their children to learn responsibility. (2014-04-14)

Ordinary conditioner removes head lice eggs as effectively as special products
Some shampoos and conditioners that contain chemicals or special oils are marketed as nit-removal products for head lice eggs. However, new research just published in the Journal of Medical Entomology shows that ordinary hair conditioner is just as effective. (2014-02-25)

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