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Scientists discover a new class of semiconducting materials

Semiconductors are important materials in numerous functional applications such as digital and analog electronics, solar cells, LEDs, and lasers. Semiconducting alloys are particularly useful for...

New fabric could help keep you cool in the summer, even without air conditioning

Air conditioning feels great on a hot summer day, but cooling homes and buildings uses considerable electricity. Now, scientists have developed a cool new...

Scientists unlock genetic secrets of wine growers’ worst enemy

Following a decade-long effort, scientists have mapped out the genome of an aphid-like pest capable of decimating vineyards. In so doing, they have discovered how...

New way to produce streams of liquid metal at room temperature

Researchers from North Carolina State University have demonstrated a technique that allows them to produce streams of liquid metal at room temperature. By applying a...

‘Blinking’ crystals may convert carbon dioxide into fuels

Imagine tiny crystals that "blink" like fireflies and can convert carbon dioxide, a key cause of climate change, into fuels. A team funded by the...

Why line-dried laundry smells so good

Floral, fruity, citrusy — clothes just smell better when they are dried in the sun rather than in a drier or hung indoors. But what...

Artificial chemist could make best quantum dots in minutes

In proof-of-concept experiments, research shows that technology called “Artificial Chemist” can identify and produce the best possible quantum dots for any color in 15...

New way to turn waste carbon dioxide into useful material

Making catalysts to convert waste carbon dioxide into useful industrial products has been expensive and complicated – until now. It’s as easy as playing...

Scientists find the major producers of lithium in our galaxy

Scientists, led by astrophysicist Professor Sumner Starrfield, have determined that a class of stellar explosions, called classical novae, are responsible for most of the...

Aluminum may affect lead levels in drinking water

It is not uncommon to find aluminum in municipal water systems. It is part of some water treatment processes. Recently, however, aluminum has been discovered in...

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