- Cheap and abundant chemical outperforms precious metals as a catalyst
- Structurally reinforced hydrogel material developed using electrostatic repulsive force between nanosheets
- Artificially intelligent robot scientist 'Eve' could boost search for new drugs
- Worms lead way to test nanoparticle toxicity
- Holes in valence bands of nanodiamonds discovered: Potential catalysts for splitting water
Posted: 04 Feb 2015 10:41 AM PST
Chemists have discovered that a cheap, safe, and abundant potassium compound can be used instead of rare precious metals as a catalyst in the production of chemicals important for drug discovery, agricultural science, medical imaging, and the creation of new materials.
Posted: 04 Feb 2015 06:01 AM PST
A newly created material withstands vertical loads applied in the direction perpendicular to its layers while distorting in the horizontal direction. It is promising as a vibration-damping material.
Posted: 03 Feb 2015 05:44 PM PST
Eve, an artificially intelligent 'robot scientist' could make drug discovery faster and much cheaper, say researchers writing in the Royal Society journal Interface. The team has demonstrated the success of the approach as Eve discovered that a compound shown to have anti-cancer properties might also be used in the fight against malaria.
Posted: 02 Feb 2015 11:48 AM PST
Scientists use roundworm populations in low-cost, high-throughput toxicity tests for a range of nanoparticles. The tests could cut the cost of determining which nanoparticles should be studied further for applications and for their effects on the environment.
Posted: 28 Jan 2015 09:54 AM PST
Nanodiamonds are tiny crystals only a few nanometers in size. While they possess the crystalline structure of diamonds, their properties diverge considerably from those of their big brothers, because their surfaces play a dominant role in comparison to their extremely small volumes. Suspended in aqueous solutions, they could function as taxis for active substances in biomedical applications, for example, or be used as catalysts for splitting water.
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