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VTT scientists revise the 60-year-old definition of surface tension on solids
Researchers of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have shown that surface tension on a solid material is unconnected to the energy required to create a new surface. (2012-02-27)
Making droplets drop faster
New research by a team at MIT offers important new insights into how water droplets form, and ways to pattern the collecting surfaces at the nanoscale to encourage droplets to form more rapidly. (2012-02-23)
NASA spacecraft reveals recent geological activity on the moon
New images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft show the moon's crust is being stretched, forming minute valleys in a few small areas on the lunar surface. (2012-02-21)
X-rays illuminate the interior of the Moon
Contrary to Earth, the Moon has no active volcanoes. This is surprising as liquid magma is believed to exist deep inside the Moon. (2012-02-19)
'Honeycombs' and hexacopters help tell story of Mars
For decades, the family resemblance between the Channeled Scablands of eastern Washington state and Mars has lured planetary scientists. (2012-02-16)
Researchers find strange new nanoregion can form in quasicrystals
A team of international researchers has discovered a new type of structural anomaly, or defect, that can appear in quasicrystals, a unique material with some crystal-like properties but a more complex structure. (2012-02-16)
Boiling breakthrough: Nano-coating doubles rate of heat transfer
The old saw that a watched pot never boils may not apply to pots given an ultra-thin layer of aluminum oxide, which researchers have reported can double the heat transfer from a hot surface to a liquid. (2012-02-15)
From prediction to reality -- a new class of bulk insulator but surface conductor material
As a result of a joint intensive work of several groups from five different countries, including Basque Country, a new wide class of topological insulators materials that are insulators in the bulk but conductors at the surface with technologically very promising properties has been discovered. (2012-02-14)
UNH scientists: Sun delivered curveball of powerful radiation at Earth
A potent follow-up solar flare, which occurred Jan. 17, 2012) just days after the Sun launched the biggest coronal mass ejection seen in nearly a decade, delivered a powerful radiation punch to Earth's magnetic field despite the fact that it was aimed away from our planet. (2012-02-01)
Vesta likely cold and dark enough for ice
Though generally thought to be quite dry, roughly half of the giant asteroid Vesta is expected to be so cold and to receive so little sunlight that water ice could have survived there for billions of years, according to the first published models of Vesta's average global temperatures and illumination by the sun. (2012-01-25)
Biochip measures glucose in saliva, not blood
Engineers at Brown University have designed a biological device that can measure glucose concentrations in human saliva. (2012-01-23)
Elsevier announces publishing the Ocular Surface
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, is pleased to announce newly acquiring the Ocular Surface, a peer-reviewed journal focusing on the external eye and vision. (2012-01-19)
Neutron scattering provides window into surface interactions
To better understand the fundamental behavior of molecules at surfaces, researchers at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are combining the powers of neutron scattering with chemical analysis. (2012-01-17)
AGU journal highlights -- Jan. 13, 2012
Featured in this release are research papers on the following topics: (2012-01-13)
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's LAMP reveals lunar surface features
New maps produced by the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal features at the moon's northern and southern poles in regions that lie in perpetual darkness. (2012-01-13)
Healing the iPhone's wounds
In a paper published today, Jan. 10, in Nature Nanotechnology, a team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Massachusetts Amherst propose a (2012-01-10)
SwRI researchers discover new evidence for complex molecules on Pluto's surface
The new and highly sensitive Cosmic Origins Spectrograph aboard the Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a strong ultraviolet-wavelength absorber on Pluto's surface, providing new evidence that points to the possibility of complex hydrocarbon and/or nitrile molecules lying on the surface, according to a paper recently published in the Astronomical Journal by researchers from Southwest Research Institute and Nebraska Wesleyan University. (2011-12-20)
In hot water: Ice Age findings forecast problems
The first comprehensive study of changes in the oxygenation of oceans at the end of the last Ice Age has implications for the future of our oceans under global warming. (2011-12-19)
Meteorite shockwaves trigger dust avalanches on Mars
Dust avalanches around impact craters on Mars appear to be the result of the shock wave preceding the actual impact, according to a study led by a UA undergraduate student. (2011-12-15)
Jumping droplets take a lot of heat
Microscopic water droplets jumping from one surface to another may hold the key to a wide array of more energy efficient products. (2011-12-12)
Strip-till improves nutrient uptake and yield
A new University of Illinois study revealed that strip-till was superior to no-till and increased yield in soybean. (2011-12-12)
LRO observes final lunar eclipse of the year
Orbiting 31 miles above the lunar surface, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft will get a (2011-12-09)
Solar storms could sandblast the moon
Solar storms and associated Coronal Mass Ejections can significantly erode the lunar surface according to a new set of computer simulations by NASA scientists. (2011-12-06)
Cobblestones fool innate immunity
Coating the surface of an implant such as a new hip or pacemaker with nanosized metallic particles reduces the risk of rejection, and researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, can now explain why: they fool the innate immune system. (2011-11-29)
Lava fingerprinting reveals differences between Hawaii's twin volcanoes
Hawaii's main volcano chains -- the Loa and Kea trends -- have distinct sources of magma and unique plumbing systems connecting them to the Earth's deep mantle, according to UBC research published this week in Nature Geoscience, in conjunction with researchers at the universities of Hawaii and Massachusetts. (2011-11-29)
Study details links between climate, groundwater availability - will help states prepare for drought
Everyone knows that climate affects our water supply, but new research from North Carolina State University gives scientists and water-resource managers an unprecedented level of detail on how climate and precipitation influence groundwater and surface water levels in the Southeast. (2011-11-17)
Molecules on branched-polymer surfaces can capture rare tumor cells in blood
The removal of rare tumor cells circulating in the blood might be possible with the use of biomolecules bound to dendrimers, highly branched synthetic polymers, which could efficiently sift and capture the diseased cells, according to new research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. (2011-11-17)
Scientists find evidence for 'great lake' on Europa and potential new habitat for life
In a significant finding in the search for life beyond Earth, scientists from the University of Texas at Austin and elsewhere have discovered what appears to be a body of liquid water the volume of the North American Great Lakes locked inside the icy shell of Jupiter's moon Europa. (2011-11-16)
New project will study 'deep carbon'
Studying the behavior of carbon -- the essential element in oil and natural gas -- deep within the Earth is the aim of a new initiative co-directed by a UC Davis chemistry professor and funded by a two-year, $1.5 million grant from the Alfred P. (2011-11-15)
Giant planet ejected from the solar system
Just as an expert chess player sacrifices a piece to protect the queen, the solar system may have given up a giant planet and spared the Earth, according to an article recently published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. (2011-11-10)
Ancient lunar dynamo may explain magnetized moon rocks
The presence of magnetized rocks on the surface of the moon, which has no global magnetic field, has been a mystery since the days of the Apollo program. (2011-11-09)
Nonterrestrial artifacts hard to pin down
Two Pioneer probes left our solar system carrying plaques about humankind, and two Voyager probes will soon join them to gather information about places far out in our galaxy. (2011-11-07)
Building granular towers drop by drop and how to see out from under an invisibility cloak
Physicists may have solved one of the primary problems that most invisibility cloak designs present. (2011-10-28)
Relaxation dynamics of 2D nanoparticle systems
The monolayer of nanoparticles at the air-water interface is a hot research topic in the field of soft condensed matter. (2011-10-24)
Syracuse University scientists discover way to determine when water was present on Mars and Earth
The discovery of the mineral jarosite in rocks analyzed by the Mars Rover, Opportunity, on the Martian surface had special meaning for a team of Syracuse University scientists who study the mineral here on Earth. (2011-10-19)
What makes tires grip the road on a rainy day?
A team of scientists from Italy and Germany has recently developed a model to predict the friction occurring when a rough surface in wet conditions (such as a road on a rainy day) is in sliding contact with a rubber material (such as a car tire tread block) in an article to be published shortly in the Springer journal EPJE. (2011-10-19)
Frustration inspires new form of graphene
Researchers at Northwestern University have now developed a new form of graphene that does not stack. (2011-10-14)
ASU's Center for Meteorite Studies marks 50 years
For 50 years the Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University has served as the intellectual hub for research on meteorites. (2011-10-12)
Laser polishes components to a high-gloss finish
At present, components used in areas such as tool and die making generally have to be painstakingly polished by hand -- but a recently developed automated process could soon offer a much faster solution. (2011-10-05)
Helium raises resolution of whole cell imaging
Now, a new study published by Cell Press in the Oct. (2011-10-03)
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