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Reusable carbon nanotubes could be the water filter of the future, says RIT study

( Rochester Institute of Technology) Enhanced single-walled carbon nanotubes offer a more effective and sustainable approach to water treatment and remediation than the standard industry materials--silicon gels and activated carbon--according to a paper by RIT researchers John-David Rocha and Reginald Rogers.

NASA laser communications to provide Orion faster connections

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA is working to forever change the way astronauts communicate to and from space using an advanced laser communications system called LEMNOS, which will enable exponentially faster connections than ever before.

Journal: Researchers can track hazardous chemicals from fast-food wrappers in the body

( University of Alabama at Birmingham) Just one month after major research findings showed dangerous PFAS present in more than one-third of fast food packaging tested, UAB and Notre Dame created a new technique to track PFASs in the body.

Harnessing brain's internal reserves might help treat epilepsy

( Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) Epilepsy is one of the most common chronic neurological disorders affecting humans that causes recurrent convulsive seizures. Along with their colleagues from MIPT, researchers from the Laboratory of Systemic Organization of Neurons at ITEB discovered an efficient way of protecting the temporal lobe from pathological changes that arise as epilepsy progresses. In a study biophysicists have shown that drug-induced activation of the endocannabinoid system of the brain leads to reduced or completely suppressed epileptic activity in test animals.

NASA sees ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie over Queensland

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie after it made landfall in eastern Queensland and weakened.

Carnegie Mellon Power Sector Index tracks 24 percent decline in carbon emissions

( College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University) The initial results of the new Carnegie Mellon University Power Sector Carbon Index, which measures CO2 emissions from the US electrical power generation sector, found that US power producers had cut CO2 emissions intensity by 24 percent since 2005.

An led-based device for imaging radiation induced skin damage

( The Optical Society) A non-invasive imaging device tested at UC Irvine's Beckman Laser Institute may help predict skin damage effects from radiation treatment in breast cancer patients.

Researchers control soft robots using magnetic fields

( North Carolina State University) Engineering researchers have made a fundamental advance in controlling so-called soft robots, using magnetic fields to remotely manipulate microparticle chains embedded in soft robotic devices. The researchers have already created several devices that make use of the new technique.

Organic-inorganic heterostructures with programmable electronic properties

( Technische Universit├Ąt Dresden) Researchers from the University of Strasbourg & CNRS (France), in collaboration with the University of Mons (Belgium), the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (Germany) and the Technische Universit├Ąt Dresden (Germany), have devised a novel supramolecular strategy to introduce tunable 1D periodic potentials upon self-assembly of ad hoc organic building blocks on graphene, opening the way to the realization of hybrid organic-inorganic multilayer materials with unique electronic and optical properties. These results have been published in Nature Communications.

Quantum communication: How to outwit noise

( Vienna University of Technology) Quantum information transfer requires reliable information transfer from one quantum system to the other, which is extremely difficult to achieve. Independently, two research teams have now developed a new quantum communication protocol. This protocol enables reliable quantum communication even under the presence of contaminating noise. Both research groups work with the same basic concept: To make the protocol immune to the noise, they add an additional element, a so-called quantum oscillator, at both ends of the quantum channel.

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