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Researchers build nonflammable lithium ion battery
Researchers led by chemist Joseph DeSimone at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have created a nonflammable lithium-ion battery, a discovery that could renew consumer confidence in a technology that has attracted significant concern after recent lithium battery fires in Boeing 787 Dreamliners and Tesla Model S vehicles. (2014-02-10)

Deep-sea study reveals cause of 2011 tsunami
The devastating tsunami that struck Japan's Tohoku region in March 2011 was touched off by a submarine earthquake far more massive than anything geologists had expected in that zone. Now, an international scientific team has published a set of studies in the journal Science that shed light on what caused the dramatic displacement of the seafloor off Japan's coast. The findings also suggest that other zones may be at risk of similar huge earthquakes. (2013-12-05)

An intersection of math and biology: Clams and snails inspire robotic diggers and crawlers
Engineering has always taken cues from biology. Natural organisms and systems have done well at evolving to perform tasks and achieve objectives within the limits set by nature and physics. Anette Hosoi is among the engineers and mathematicians who have turned to natural organisms to inspire the design of robots capable of performing specific tasks. (2013-11-11)

Ditty bag of condoms, home-use instructions lead to improved comfort and consistency with condom use
A new and successful strategy for combating STIs such as HIV draws from an old idea: practice is fundamental to learning, even when it involves using condoms correctly. The Kinsey Institute Homework Intervention Strategy gives men condoms and lubricants, makes sure the men understand how to apply condoms correctly, and then assigns homework. The men are expected to try out at least six condoms solo, paying particular attention to their own pleasure and favorite condoms. (2013-11-06)

October story tips from Oak Ridge National Laboratory
The following are story ideas from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory for October 2013. (2013-10-22)

Keeping an eye on component cleanliness
There are exceedingly strict cleanliness guidelines for components in sectors such as the automobile industry. And yet monitoring of the process for parts purification has been inadequate to date. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a sensor-based measurement system that is integrated directly in the cleaning system, where it registers and analyzes particles caught up in the cleansing fluid. The researchers are presenting their now-marketable innovation at this year's parts2clean. (2013-10-21)

Melting water's lubricating effect on glaciers has only 'minor' role in future sea-level rise
Concerns that melting water would speed up the decline of Greenland's ice sheet have been allayed by new research which shows the lubricating effect of water beneath glaciers will not significantly add to sea-level rise. (2013-08-12)

New coating turns ordinary glass into super glass
A new transparent, bioinspired coating makes ordinary glass tough, self-cleaning and incredibly slippery. (2013-08-02)

The naked mole-rat's secret to staying cancer free
A team of researchers from the University of Rochester (NY) and the University of Haifa discovered the naked mole rat's unique mechanism to staying cancer free- a super sugar called high-molecular-mass Hyaluronan (HMM-HA). When secreted by the naked mole rat's cells, this molecule prevents cells from overcrowding and forming tumors. Researchers now say using naked mole-rat HMM-HA in the clinic could open up new avenues for cancer prevention and life extension in humans. (2013-07-31)

Water is no lubricant
Water in olivin mineral reveals less important role. (2013-06-12)

A new species of yellow slug moth from China
A new species of the slug moth genus Monema has been described from China. The name refers to the peculiar caterpillars resembling slugs in many of their characteristics. The recent study of the representatives of the Monema genus in China, published in the open access journal Zookeys, records four species in total and a subspecies present in the country. (2013-06-04)

'Oil for the joints' offers hope for osteoarthritis sufferers
Boston University researchers have developed a new polymer that promises longer relief for osteoarthritis sufferers than current treatment. (2013-05-02)

Cryogenic machining enables guaranteeing safety of aeronautic sector parts
CIC marGUNE, the Cooperative Research Centre for High-Performance Manufacture, is coordinating a line of research on cryogenic machining for developing the safety of parts for the aeronautic sector. This machining method has less impact on the environment than conventional methods. Moreover, it considerably enhances the useful life of safety parts and reduces costs. CIC marGUNE is working in collaboration with the High-Performance Manufacturing Group at the Higher Engineering School in Bilbao, Tecnalia and the University of Mondragon. (2013-04-24)

Topical use of arthritis drug provides relief for dry eye disease
An estimated nine million people in the United State alone suffer from significant DED. In a new study, researchers from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear show that topical anakinra (Kineret; Amgen Inc.), a recombinant version of human IL-1Ra approved for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, significantly reduced dry eye symptoms. (2013-04-18)

Sea mammals find US safe harbor
New research shows that many US marine mammal populations -- especially some seals and sea lions--have rebounded since 1972, because of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. (2013-04-11)

Scripps scientists image deep magma beneath Pacific seafloor volcano
Since the plate tectonics revolution of the 1960s, scientists have known that new seafloor is created throughout the major ocean basins at linear chains of volcanoes known as mid-ocean ridges. But where exactly does the erupted magma come from? Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego now have a better idea after capturing a unique image of a site deep in the earth where magma is generated. (2013-03-27)

Scripps scientists discover 'lubricant' for Earth's tectonic plates
Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have found a layer of liquefied molten rock in Earth's mantle that may be acting as a lubricant for the sliding motions of the planet's massive tectonic plates. The discovery may carry far-reaching implications, from solving basic geological functions of the planet to a better understanding of volcanism and earthquakes. (2013-03-20)

Children with autism show increased positive social behaviors when animals are present
The presence of an animal can significantly increase positive social behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorders, according to research published Feb. 27 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Marguerite E. O'Haire and colleagues from the University of Queensland, Australia. (2013-02-27)

New study reveals sex to be pleasurable with or without use of a condom or lubricant
A new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reveals that within a nationally representative study of American men and women, sex was rated as highly arousing and pleasurable whether or not condoms and/or lubricants were used. Condoms and lubricants are commonly used by both women and men when they have sex. (2013-01-23)

Monkey see, monkey do: Visual feedback is necessary for imitating facial expressions
Research using new computer-based technology shows that our ability to imitate facial expressions depends on learning that occurs through visual feedback. (2012-12-27)

Ultrasound can now monitor the health of your car engine
A system that uses ultrasound technology to look inside car engines could lead to more efficient engines -- and huge fuel savings for motorists. (2012-12-10)

Uncovering unique properties in a 2-dimensional crystal
When the dry lubricant molybdenum disulfide is stripped down to a single layer of atoms, a tightly bound quasi-particle comprised of two electrons and a hole forms with unique spin and valley properties. The charged quasi-particles offer potential use in new solar cells and other electronic devices that are controlled by light or designed to control light, to study what physicists call (2012-12-03)

New design could improve condenser performance
MIT researchers find that lubricated, nanotextured surfaces improved performance of condensers in power and desalination plants. (2012-10-22)

Using less gas and oil to get where you're going
A quick pit-stop at the gas station is enough to put a good dent in your wallet. New technology is set to lower the high cost of filling up your car, by enabling combustion engines to consume two to three percent less gas and signifi cantly less oil, while eliminating a step in engine production. (2012-10-05)

1-molecule-thick material has big advantages
New research suggests that a whole family of two-dimensional materials may open up possibilities for applications that could change many aspects of modern life. (2012-08-23)

A new spin on antifreeze
A team of researchers from Harvard University have invented a way to keep any metal surface free of ice and frost. The treated surfaces quickly shed even tiny, incipient condensation droplets or frost simply through gravity. The technology prevents ice sheets from developing on surfaces -- and any ice that does form, slides off effortlessly. (2012-06-11)

Improved lubrication without oil
Running nicely -- this applies even more to aqueous biopolymer solutions than to oil. These solutions are used as a cooling lubricant for machining hard metals and for tool-making machinery on which tools are manufactured. (2012-05-18)

Rectal microbicides become a high priority in the fight against HIV in Africa
Today International Rectal Microbicide Advocates will release (2012-04-16)

RI Hospital receives $2.2 million grant to study prevention of post-traumatic osteoarthritis
Rhode Island Hospital has received a grant of $2.2 million from the United States Department of Defense to support a research study on a treatment that may prevent post-traumatic osteoarthritis, a common condition in men and women who suffer joint injuries to the knee and hip. The research will allow for further development of lubricin, a manufactured recombinant protein similar to a natural form of lubricant for the joints that may prevent osteoarthritis following trauma. (2012-02-09)

VTT: One-third of car fuel consumption is due to friction loss
No less than one-third of a car's fuel consumption is spent in overcoming friction, and this friction loss has a direct impact on both fuel consumption and emissions. However, new technology can reduce friction by anything from 10 to 80 percent in various components of a car, according to a joint study by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Argonne National Laboratory in the US. (2012-01-12)

Slippery when stacked: NIST theorists quantify the friction of graphene
Similar to the way pavement, softened by a hot sun, will slow down a car, graphene slows down an object sliding across its surface. But stack the sheets and graphene gets more slippery, say NIST theorists who developed new software to quantify the material's friction. (2012-01-11)

Hips that function better and last longer
Engineers and physicians have made a surprising discovery that offers a target for designing new materials for hip implants that are less susceptible to the joint's normal wear and tear. The team, including engineers from Northwestern University, found that graphitic carbon is a key element in a lubricating layer that forms on metal-on-metal hip implants. The lubricant is more similar to the lubrication of a combustion engine than that of a natural joint. (2011-12-22)

NIH researchers uncover clues related to metal-on-metal hip implants
A new study, bringing together an interdisciplinary team of physicians and engineers from the United States and Germany, made a surprising finding about implants used in hip replacement surgery: Graphite carbon is a key element in the lubricating layer that forms on metal-on-metal hip implants. The lubricant has more in common with the lubrication of a combustion engine than that of a natural joint. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health. (2011-12-22)

Earthquakes: Water as a lubricant
Geophysicists from Potsdam have established a mode of action that can explain the irregular distribution of strong earthquakes at the San Andreas Fault in California. (2011-11-30)

Drop in temperature may explain the increase in dry eye suffering
Springtime may be just what the doctor orders for individuals suffering from dry eye condition, a disorder resulting from insufficient tear production or altered tear film composition. According to a study published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, a temperature less than 30 degrees Celsius on the eye and eyelid could be the cause for the onset or worsening of the disorder. (2011-03-03)

'Hidden plumbing' helps slow Greenland ice flow
Hotter summers may not be as catastrophic for the Greenland ice sheet as previously feared and may actually slow down the flow of glaciers, according to new research. (2011-01-26)

100 percent of most challenging Christmas plastic wrapping could be recycled by new tech
On average we each consume 120 grams of plastic wrapping on Christmas gifts most of which is of a type which is almost impossible to recycle. Now researchers at the University of Warwick have devised a new technique which could process 100 percent of Christmas and other household plastic instead of the tiny fraction that currently actually gets processed (2010-12-14)

Study examines effect of water-based and silicon-based lubricant
A new study by sexual health researchers at Indiana University found that women who used lubricant during sex reported significantly higher levels of satisfaction and pleasure. The study, involving 2,453 women, is the largest systematic study of this kind, despite the widespread commercial availability of lubricant and the gaps in knowledge concerning its role in alleviating pain or contributing to other health issues. The study is published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. (2010-12-09)

Greenland ice sheet flow driven by short-term weather extremes, not gradual warming: UBC research
Sudden changes in the volume of meltwater contribute more to the acceleration -- and eventual loss -- of the Greenland ice sheet than the gradual increase of temperature, according to a University of British Columbia study. (2010-12-08)

AIDS drug shown to prevent HIV in multinational trial of HIV-negative gay men
Results of the world's first efficacy trial of an HIV-prevention approach called oral pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, were released online in the New England Journal of Medicine today. The data on adherence suggests the need for other formulation options for ARV-based prevention strategies such as rectal microbicides in gel or lubricant form. (2010-11-23)

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