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New sensor could detect rare earth element in unexpected locations

Scientists have developed a luminescent sensor that can detect and measure the presence of a rare earth element called terbium. The element is used in...

Scientists develop longer lasting lithium sulfur batteries with sugar

Simply by adding sugar, researchers from the Monash Energy Institute have created a longer-lasting, lighter, more sustainable rival to the lithium-ion batteries that are...

Common chemicals in paints and plastics can cause breast tumor growth

In a new study from Okayama University in Japan, researchers found common chemicals in paints and plastics can cause breast tumor growth. Photoinitiators are chemicals...

Scientists find new way to extract lithium from contaminated water

Anyone using a cellphone, laptop or electric vehicle depends on lithium. The element is in tremendous demand. And although the supply of lithium around the world...

This accordion-like device could expand 800% and still store energy

Some electronics can bend, twist and stretch in wearable displays, biomedical applications and soft robots. While these devices’ circuits have become increasingly pliable, the batteries...

We are standing on a quadrillion tons of diamonds

There might be a quadrillion tons of diamonds 100 miles below Earth’s surface. But the farthest we’ve traveled is 7 miles down, so how could...

Sand is the most used mineral in the world, but we are running out...

Houses, roads, glass, electronics. Sand is a main component in large parts of modern civilization. But we are using it faster than nature can produce...

Scientists discover novel thermoelectric material

Researchers participating in a U.S. National Science Foundation-sponsored study have discovered a new material that is effective in fabricating thermoelectric devices that convert heat...

New sensor can detect valuable rare earth element in non-traditional sources

A new luminescent sensor can detect terbium, a valuable rare earth element, from complex environmental samples like acid mine waste. The sensor, developed by researchers...

Scientists find compounds that give coffee distinctive ‘mouthfeel’

Coffee drinkers intuitively recognize the pleasure of swallowing a smooth, rich brew versus a watery one. Aside from added cream or sugar, the coffee itself...