18-06-2014   -   Medicine

Wed 18 Jun 2014 A company has licensed a Sandia National Laboratories technology that offers a way to make molybdenum-99, a key radioactive isotope needed for diagnostic imaging in nuclear medicine in the United States. Known as moly 99, it is currently made in aging nuclear reactors outside the USA. More

  17-06-2014   -   Energy

Tue 17 Jun 2014 Capturing green energy from deep in the Earth will bring competitive electricity and district heating. The heat to capture is known as geothermal energy, and is derived from two sources that lie far beneath our feet. About one third of it is heat that has been stored in the Earth's molten core since our planet was formed. The other two-thirds have their origin in the decay of radioactive isotopes in the Earth's crust. This process releases heat, which means that the temperature rises, metre by metre, the further we drill into the interior of the planet. More

  19-05-2014   -   Physics

Mon 19 May 2014. Radiation from early universe found key to answer major questions in physics. Astrophysicists have measured the minute gravitational distortions in polarized radiation from the early universe and discovered that these ancient microwaves can provide an important cosmological test of Einsteins theory of general relativity. These measurements have the potential to narrow down the estimates for the mass of ghostly subatomic particles known as neutrinos. The radiation could even provide physicists with clues to another outstanding problem about our universe: how the invisible dark matter and dark energy, which has been undetectable through modern telescopes, may be distributed throughout the universe. More

  04-05-2014   -   Energy

Sun 4 May 2014. Multilayer, microscale solar cells enable ultrahigh efficiency power generation. An advancemnet in materials science and device assembly will bypass many of the limitations of traditional photovoltaic technologies. The strategy involves high-speed, printing-based manipulation of thin, microscale solar cells and new interface materials to bond them into multilayer stacks. Quadruple-junction, four-terminal solar cells have individually measured efficiencies of 43.9 percent. More

  24-03-2014   -   Physics

Wed 26 Mar 2014. Scientists develop silicon cells capable of absorbing infrared radiation from the sun. Researchers have developed a silicon photovoltaic cell capable of turning infrared radiation into electricity. The sun is an inexhaustible source of energy which well-exploited, could solve many of the energy suply problems we have today. The photovoltaic cell, commonly known as solar cell, is a device capable of turning solar light into electricity. However, there are many obstacles that prevent a massive use, such as a relatively high cost (0.02 euros per watt generated) and the low efficiency of silicon based solar cells, around 17 per cent. More

  24-03-2014   -   Medicine

Mon 24 Mar 2014.Y-90 provides new, safe treatment for metastatic breast cancer. Y-90 radioembolization can shrink liver tumors, relieve painful symptoms, boost the excellent of life and potentially extend survival. The therapy is not limited by tumor size, shape, place or quantity, and it can ease the severity of disease in patients who can not be treated effectively with other approaches. More

  17-02-2014   -   Physics

Mon 17 Feb 2014.Physicists reveal novel magnetoelectric effect that makes it possible to control magnetism with an electric field, ie "switching mechanism". The novel mechanism may provide a new route for using multiferroic materials for the application of RAM (random access memories) in computers and other devices, such as printers. The researchers studied a new predicted state of the multiferroic bismuth ferrite, a compound that can change its electrical polarization when under a magnetic field or magnetic properties when under an electric field. Because of these effects, bismuth ferrite interests researchers who want to design novel devicesbased on magnetoelectric conversion. The "coupling mechanism" in bismuth ferrite between magnetic order and electrical polarization order is required for this phenomenon to be clearly understood. More

  16-02-2014   -   Chemistry

Sun 16 Feb 2014.Carbon nanotube fibers outperform copper in carrying electrical current. On a kg-per-kg basis, carbon nanotube-based fibers have greater capacity to carry electrical current than copper cables of the same mass, according to new research. While individual nanotubes are capable of transmitting nearly 1,000 times more current than copper, the same tubes coalesced into a fiber using other technologies fail long before reaching that capacity. But a series of recent tests showed the wet-spun carbon nanotube fiber still handily beat copper, carrying up to four times as much current as a copper wire of the same mass. More

  03-02-2014   -   Chemistry

Mon 3 Feb 2014.New instrument to study complex molecules invented. Known as 2DIR for short, the the worlds first fully automated dual-frequency, two-dimensional infrared spectrometer boasts vast research and commercial uses. It gives scientists a powerful new method to study DNA and other complex molecules by measuring distances and angles between molecular substructures, thus unraveling three-dimensional molecular structures while tracking changes at an ultra-fast time scale. The superior sensitivity and ease of operation of the instrument make the 2DIR method accessible for researchers in various areas of science. More

  01-02-2014   -   Energy

Sat 1 Feb 2014.Energy storage in miniaturized capacitors may boost green energy technology. "Supercapacitors" take the energy-storing abilities of capacitors (which store electrical charge that can be quickly dumped to power devices) a step further, storing a far greater charge in a much smaller package. Recently, researchers describe the possibility of fabricating a new class of high heat-tolerant electronics that would employ supercapacitors made from a material called calcium-copper-titanate, or CCTO, which the researchers have identified for the first time as a practical energy-storage material. More

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