Periodic table: scientists propose new way of ordering the elements

New research suggests ordering the elements by atomic radius and ability to attract electrons.

Nick Norman, Professor of Chemistry, University of Bristol • conversation
today ~7 min

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3 Questions: Using fabric to “listen” to space dust

Fabric samples are headed to the International Space Station for resiliency testing; possible applications include cosmic dust detectors or spacesuit smart skins.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
yesterday ~11 min

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Chemists discover the structure of a key coronavirus protein

The protein, which acts as an ion channel, could be a target for new drugs against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 12, 2020 ~5 min

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Power-free system harnesses evaporation to keep items cool

Inspired by camel fur, a new two-layered material could provide extended cooling to preserve the freshness of perishable goods.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 11, 2020 ~6 min

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Method can upcycle plastic into useful molecules

Plastic is cheaper and easier to produce and throw away than it is to recycle. A new method can upcycle it into valuable molecules.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Oct. 26, 2020 ~9 min

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Yogesh Surendranath wants to decarbonize our energy systems

By developing novel electrochemical reactions, he hopes to find new ways to generate energy and reduce greenhouse gases.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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A tiny circular racetrack for light can rapidly detect single molecules

An optical sensor that can detect individual molecules promises early detection of diseases and environmental contamination.

Judith Su, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Optical Sciences, University of Arizona • conversation
Oct. 22, 2020 ~5 min

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Designing batteries for easier recycling could avert a looming e-waste crisis

Batteries power much of modern life, from electric and hybrid cars to computers, medical devices and cellphones. But unless they're made easier and cheaper to recycle, a battery waste crisis looms.

Darren H. S. Tan, PhD Candidate in Chemical Engineering, University of California San Diego • conversation
Oct. 22, 2020 ~10 min

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Technique recovers lost single-cell RNA-sequencing information

Boosting the efficiency of single-cell RNA-sequencing helps reveal subtle differences between healthy and dysfunctional cells.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 13, 2020 ~7 min

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New virtual reality software allows scientists to ‘walk’ inside cells

Virtual reality software which allows researchers to ‘walk’ inside and analyse individual cells could be used to understand fundamental problems in biology and

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 12, 2020 ~4 min

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