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Fat turns into soap in sewers, contributes to overflows

April 21st, 2011
Researchers have discovered how fat, oil and grease can create hardened deposits in sewer lines: it turns into soap! The hardened deposits, which can look like stalactites, contribute to sewer overflows.

Researchers now one step closer to controlled engineering of nanocatalysts

April 20th, 2011
Experts in material science and engineering have demonstrated a rational approach to producing nanocrystals with predictable shapes. The work could one day lead to the ability to rationally produce nanocatalysts with desired crystal surfaces and hence catalytic properties.

Pier review: Comparing ultra high-resolution photographs from the past and the present could hold the key to restoring Hastings’ fire-damaged pier

April 18th, 2011
On Oct. 5, 2010, the historic Hastings Pier in the UK was set on fire, destroying 95 percent of the Grade II listed building, leading to concerns over its future. Now scientists from the UK's National Physical Laboratory are helping to show that the future of the pier is more positive than expected.

Mega wind turbines of 20 MW

April 15th, 2011
The present largest wind turbines have a capacity of 5-6 MW. Scientists have now presented the first design basis for developing mega wind turbines of 20 MW. One single wind turbine of this type in the North Sea would provide electricity for 15,000 to 20,000 dwellings.

Carbon fiber used to reinforce buildings; protect from explosion

April 14th, 2011
Most buildings are not constructed to withstand an unexpected explosion or impact. Now, a researcher is working with the US Army to test a method of retrofitting buildings to protect them in the case of a terrorist attack.

Rainbow-trapping scientist now strives to slow light waves even further

April 12th, 2011
An electrical engineer who previously demonstrated experimentally the "rainbow trapping effect" -- a phenomenon that could boost optical data storage and communications -- is now working to capture all the colors of the rainbow.

A Pilot Survey of Legacy and Current Commercial Fluorinated Chemicals in Human Sera from United States Donors in 2009

April 12th, 2011

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es200167q

New research advances understanding of lead selenide nanowires

April 8th, 2011
Scientists have shown how to control the characteristics of semiconductor nanowires made of a promising material: lead selenide.

Trends in Exposure to Polyfluoroalkyl Chemicals in the U.S. Population: 1999−2008

April 6th, 2011

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es1043613

Atmospheric Degradation of Perfluoro-2-methyl-3-pentanone: Photolysis, Hydrolysis and Hydration

April 5th, 2011

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es104362g
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