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Illinois chemists spray their way to better catalysts
Using a technique called ultrasonic spray pyrolysis, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created an improved catalyst for removing smelly sulfur-containing compounds from gasoline and other fossil fuels. The improved catalyst is a form of molybdenum disulfide, most commonly recognized as the black lubricant used to grease automobiles and machinery. (2005-07-11)

Learning through laughter: New study supports use of humor in online courses
Watch out Leno, here come the professors. Though most students would argue that academia and humor are about as compatible as oil and water, two Ohio University psychology professors argue that the use of humor in online courses can yield good results. (2005-05-26)

'Bumpy' glass could lead to self-cleaning windows, slick micromachines
Ohio State University engineers are designing super-slick, water-repellent surfaces that mimic the texture of lotus leaves. The patent-pending technology could lead to self-cleaning glass, and could also reduce friction between the tiny moving parts inside microdevices. (2005-01-18)

Gene-altered mouse is model for rare autoimmune syndrome
By knocking out a single gene in mice, immunologists at Duke University Medical Center have mimicked a little-understood autoimmune disorder in humans. In the puzzling disorder, called Sjögren's syndrome, the person's tear and salivary glands are affected, causing dry eyes and mouth, as they are damaged by an attack of the person's own immune cells. (2004-10-19)

Computer hard drives perform better, last longer with novel polyester lubricant
A newly developed polymer could help pave the way to faster and longer lasting computers. The polymer, which serves as a much improved lubricant coating for computers' hard disk drives, will be described for the first time at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia, Aug. 22-26. The research was done at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (2004-08-25)

Biolubricants smooth way to a cleaner environment
The Alberta Research Council (ARC), under a contract to Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (AAFRD), recently conducted two tests on a biologically-based lubricant (biolubricant) for chainsaw bars. The tests, which were run for Greenland Corporation of Calgary, will help industry establish product standards for biolubricants to encourage consumers to choose these environmentally friendly products. (2004-05-10)

Tiny machines need even tinier lubricants
Tiny machines built as part of silicon chips are all around us, and their need for lubrication is the same as large machines such as automobile engines, but conventional lubricants, like oils, are too heavy for these micro electromechanical systems (MEMS), so Penn State researchers are looking to gases to provide thin films of slippery coating. (2004-03-29)

Carnegie Mellon students design new product
Carnegie Mellon engineering students have designed a new product to help Kennametal improve customer productivity. (2004-02-02)

When alcohol consumption evolves from a 'social lubricant' into a 'crutch'
Individuals with social anxiety disorder are pained at the thought of being scrutinized, and have an extreme fear of looking foolish to others. New research indicates that they may also deliberately drink alcohol in order to cope with social interaction, and avoid social situations where alcohol is unavailable. (2003-12-14)

Heavens are dimmed for Chandra space telescope
The $2 billion Chandra spacecraft is losing its sight. A mysterious build-up of grease on one of its camera filters is partially obscuring astronomical objects of study. Astrophysicists say the contamination is causing uncertainty in data, but engineers are hoping that heating up the instrument could boil away the grease. (2003-11-05)

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, April 2003
Story ideas from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory include: (2003-04-24)

Superlubricant effect explained using new friction force sensor
Research conducted in the Netherlands has revealed a previously unknown effect in graphite. The discovery was made by Martin Dienwiebel using the Tribolever, a highly-sensitive friction force microscope which he had developed himself. Dienwiebel has termed the effect superlubrication and this effect probably explains why graphite is such a good lubricant. (2003-04-11)

Georgia Tech physicist receives Materials Research Society award
A Georgia Institute of Technology physicist who used powerful computer simulations to predict how friction and lubrication would affect nanometer-scale mechanical systems is one of two scientists who will receive medals December 4 from the Materials Research Society (MRS). (2002-10-22)

Cooking oils boost low sulfur diesel fuel and engine lubricant performance
Penn State engineers have shown that adding specially treated cooking oils, such as soybean, canola or sunflower oil, to mandated low sulfur diesel fuels and engine lubricants reduces friction and wear. (2002-10-15)

Better metal forming: Magnetic pulses 'bump' metal into shape
A process developed at Ohio State University for shaping metal parts using magnetism has reached a new milestone -- one that may cut manufacturing costs and help preserve the environment. The process could also expand manufacturers' choice of available metals, and enable the use of aluminum parts in lighter, fuel-efficient automobiles. (2002-10-09)

Olympic chemistry: Athletes get boost from high tech gear
Olympic athletes may not be thinking of polyaromatic amides and phase diagrams while they race down the slope or skate across the ice this week in Salt Lake City, but polymer chemistry and materials science have improved the performance of skis, ice skates, hockey sticks, sports apparel and other gear used in the winter games. (2002-02-03)

UCSD bioengineers fabricate joint cartilage which mimics structure and function of natural tissue
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) bioengineers have fabricated cartilage tissue which for the first time mimics the multi-layered structure and cellular functions of natural articular cartilage. (2001-10-05)

Researchers pioneer techniques to lubricate microdevices
Motor oil keeps car engines running smoothly, but what will grease tiny motors for high-tech microdevices of the future? Researchers may have the answer. Previously, scientists couldn't measure the friction within miniature motors, pumps, and gears -- mechanisms that could one day move inside microscopic medical implants in the body. (2001-03-26)

Lubricating nanoscale machines: Unusual behavior of highly confined fluids challenges conventional expectations
The unique and often unexpected properties of fluids confined to very small spaces will force designers of future nanometer scale devices to reexamine conventional expectations regarding lubrication and fluid flow. (2001-02-15)

Texas researchers receive award for developing new lubricants for satellites, automobiles and computers
Clifford G. Venier and Edward W. Casserly of The Woodlands, Texas, will be honored on December 8 by the world's largest scientific society for developing new lubricants for satellites, automobiles and computers. The researchers, who are being recognized as a team, will receive one of four 2000 Industrial Innovation Awards at the American Chemical Society's Southeast-Southwest Combined Regional Meeting in New Orleans. (2000-12-03)

Pedal power: Bicycles waste little energy
When it comes to efficient use of energy, it's tough to beat a bike, Johns Hopkins engineers have learned. (1999-08-19)

Cheap, Soy-Based Antibodies Prevent Genital Herpes In Mice
Researchers have found that soybean-produced antibodies stop the spread of the genital herpes virus in mice. (1998-12-03)

Brookhaven, Carnegie Scientists Report First 'Morphing' Of Plant Enzyme Function
Scientists have for the first time turned one plant enzyme into another plant enzyme, by manipulating the genetic blueprint for the enzymes. The enzymes are important to plant oil production, and the ability to manipulate their structure raises the possibility of better (1998-11-12)

'Frustrated' Lubricant Molecules Offer New Strategy For Reducing Friction In Mechanical Devices
For decades, researchers have struggled to reduce friction in mechanical systems by improving the chemical composition of the lubricants used to separate moving parts. Now, an atomic- scale study of thin-film lubricants, reported in the Journal of Physical Chemistry, suggests a promising new strategy. (1998-07-09)

High-Intensity Ultrasound Creates Better Catalyst For Cleaning Fuels
Using high-intensity ultrasound, researchers at the University of Illinois have discovered a dramatically improved catalyst for removing smelly sulfur-containing compounds from gasoline and other fossil fuels. The improved catalyst is a new form of molybdenum disulfide, most commonly recognized as the black lubricant used to grease automobiles and machinery. (1998-07-06)

New Technique Creates Durable Audio And Video Tapes, Data Disks
Researchers can now extend the life of magnetic audio and video tapes and data storage disks. This may help to solve a problem facing manufacturers: Creating surfaces on magnetic tapes and disks that are hard enough to resist wear, but flexible enough to survive contact with devices that use them. (1998-05-25)

Colorado Crop Provides Environmentally-Friendly Alternative To Motor Oil
Canola oil isn't just for stir fry anymore. Duane Johnson, a Colorado State University Cooperative Extension specialist, uses a canola oil to run his VW Beetle and it will soon be used in state cars in Wisconsin, Michigan and possibly New Zealand. Canola oil is an ideal lubricant as it cuts automobile pollution by 40 percent and doesn't produce hazardous waste. (1998-01-28)

New Material Shows Superior Lubricating Properties
A material discovered at the Weizmann Institute of Science has shown superior properties as a machine lubricant, as reported in the June 19 issue of Nature. When compared with the best existing lubricants, it reduced friction to less than half and cut wear on parts by up to six times. Using the new material would significantly increase the lifespan and efficiency of machinery. (1997-06-18)

New Laser-Based Process Significantly Reduces Friction
A laser-based process applied to interfacing metallic or ceramic surfaces has been found to reduce friction by as much as twenty percent. The surface-engineering process, developed at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, involves the creation oftiny holes or pores on the touching surfaces of metal or ceramic components. The new process saves on material wear and allows the option of using less costly materials. (1997-06-04)

Discovery About Lubricants Could Lead To Less Machinery Wear
Scientists long have known that surface roughness plays a major role in the wear and tear of moving parts. Now, researchers at the University of Illinois have found that randomness, not roughness, is a major contributor to friction at the molecular level (1996-12-06)

Finding On Thin Films Might Lead To Better Understanding Of Quakes
Squeezed into progressively thinner films, some liquids actually will behave like soft solids, reports Steve Granick, a materials scientist at the University of Illinois. The reduced molecular mobility occurs through a transition similar to that which affects glass (1996-10-03)

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