Creasing to cratering: Voltage breaks down plastic

DURHAM, N.C. — A Duke University team has seen for the first time how soft polymers, such as wire insulation, can break down under exposure to electrical current.
Researchers have known for decades that polymers, such those insulating wires, m…

Penn physicists develop scalable method for making graphene

PHILADELPHIA — New research from the University of Pennsylvania demonstrates a more consistent and cost-effective method for making graphene, the atomic-scale material that has promising applications in a variety of fields, and was the subject of…

Green chemistry offers route towards zero-waste production

Novel green chemical technologies will play a key role helping society move towards the elimination of waste while offering a wider range of products from biorefineries, according to a University of York scientist.
Professor James Clark, Director o…

Shining a light on trypanosome reproduction

The research could eventually lead to new approaches for controlling sleeping sickness in humans and wasting diseases in livestock which are caused by trypanosomes carried by the bloodsucking tsetse fly.
Biologists believe that sexual reproducti…

Sleeping Trojan horse to aid imaging of diseased cells

A unique strategy developed by researchers at Cardiff University is opening up new possibilities for improving medical imaging.
Medical imaging often requires getting unnatural materials such as metal ions into cells, a process which is a major ch…