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UO-Berkeley Lab unveil new nano-sized synthetic scaffolding technique

( University of Oregon) Scientists, including University of Oregon chemist Geraldine Richmond, have tapped oil and water to create scaffolds of self-assembling, synthetic proteins called peptoid nanosheets that mimic complex biological mechanisms and processes.

UT Dallas researchers win nearly $1 million in defense grants for equipment

( University of Texas at Dallas) Two grants totaling nearly $1 million won by researchers in the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE) will lower the hurdle for research and development in high frequency integrated circuit design. The professors successfully competed against more than 500 researchers to receive the funding. The measurement systems are expected to be available for use this fall.

INFORMS study on Iron Dome asks: What was its impact?

( Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) A new study published by The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, INFORMS, examines the strengths and weaknesses of the Iron Dome system, which Israeli authorities have credited with saving lives during the recent conflict with Hamas.

Researchers reveal carbon emissions of PlayStation®3 game distribution

( Wiley) It's not always true that digital distribution of media will have lower carbon emissions than distribution by physical means, at least when file sizes are large.

New synthesis method may shape future of nanostructures, clean energy

( University of Maryland) A team of University of Maryland physicists has published new nanoscience advances that they and other scientists say make possible new nanostructures and nanotechnologies with huge potential applications ranging from clean energy and quantum computing advances to new sensor development.

Ben-Gurion University researchers develop new program to evaluate prominent individuals' personalities

( American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have developed a new program that automates classification of personality traits of prominent individuals -- both friend and foe -- according to a paper soon to be published in the American Intelligence Journal.

Observing the onset of a magnetic substorm

( Wiley) Magnetic substorms, the disruptions in geomagnetic activity that cause brightening of aurora, may sometimes be driven by a different process than generally thought, a new study in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics shows.

Case Western Reserve University wins grant to improve lifetime performance of ceramic fuel cells

( Case Western Reserve University) Researchers at Case Western Reserve University received an $800,000 Department of Energy grant to study how to make one type of fuel cell -- solid oxide fuel cells -- last longer. The fuel cells suffer losses of efficiency and output as they age.

Scientists create renewable fossil fuel alternative using bacteria

( Imperial College London) Researchers have engineered the harmless gut bacteria E. coli to generate renewable propane.

Nano-forests to reveal secrets of cells

( Lund University) Vertical nanowires could be used for detailed studies of what happens on the surface of cells. The findings are important for pharmaceuticals research, among other applications. A group of researchers from Lund University in Sweden have managed to make artificial cell membranes form across a large number of vertical nanowires, known as a 'nano-forest'.

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