Dismal math results can’t be ignored
Effective mathematics education was a cornerstone of the nation’s economic future.
17 Dec 2019 ⋅
Chemists glimpse the fleeting ‘transition state’ of a reaction
New technique for observing reaction products offers insights into the chemical mechanisms that formed them.
16 Dec 2019 ⋅ Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Oil catching sponge
The work constitutes a new framework for developing surface-engineered sponges that address the variable pH-responsive wetting behavior of crude oil.
16 Dec 2019 ⋅ Nature Sustainability
New way to make biomedical devices from silk yields better products with tunable qualities
Using methods common to plastics manufacturing, properties of silk-based devices can be tuned for strength, flexibility, molecular function and biodegradability.
16 Dec 2019 ⋅ Nature Materials
Scientists find brain mechanism which could underpin confirmation bias
Changing people’s minds is made especially difficult because of how the brain responds to disagreement.
16 Dec 2019 ⋅ Nature Neuroscience
Nanoscience breakthrough: Probing particles smaller than a billionth of a meter
This breakthrough in analytical techniques will enable the development and application of minuscule materials in the fields of electronics, biomedicine, chemistry, and more.
13 Dec 2019 ⋅ Science Advances
Fundamental discoveries for future nanotools: Chemists distinguish multiple weak forces
When two molecules surrounded by water move towards each other, part of their initial attraction is sometimes due to the chemical force to repel water - the hydrophobic effect.
12 Dec 2019 ⋅ Communications Chemistry
New material design tops carbon-capture from wet flue gases
One way to ameliorate the polluting impact of flue gases is to take the CO2 out of them and store it in geological formations or recycle it.
11 Dec 2019 ⋅ Nature
Integrated scenarios to support analysis of the food–energy–water nexus
In a new set of scenarios and visualisations, these relationships are explored in more detail for no-policy cases and for the implementation of various response options, such as dietary changes and stringent climate policy.
11 Dec 2019 ⋅ Nature Sustainability