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    Has Cassini found a universal driver for prebiotic chemistry at Titan?

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories An important type of molecule that helps produce complex organic material has been detected within Titan’s hazy upper atmosphere by a UCL-led team as part of the international Cassini-Huygens mission. [...]

    Researchers reveal unusual chemistry of protein with role in neurodegenerative disorders

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories A common feature of neurodegenerative diseases is the formation of permanent tangles of insoluble proteins in cells. The beta-amyloid plaques found in people with Alzheimer’s disease and the inclusion bodies in motor neurons in the brains of people wit… [...]

    Developing quantum algorithms for optimization problems

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Quantum computers of the future hold promise for solving complex problems more quickly than ordinary computers. For example, they can factor large numbers exponentially faster than classical computers, which would allow them to break codes in the most … [...]

    Scientists develop fast chemistry that unlocks a new class of polymers

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories A team of researchers has developed a faster and easier way to make sulfur-containing polymers that will lower the cost of large-scale production. [...]

    Scientists equip chemical sensors with ‘traps’ to detect toxic substances

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University and the University of Chemistry and Technology (Prague, Czech Republic) have created novel chemical sensors for Raman spectrometers, devices that measure the quantitative and qualitative composition of subst… [...]

    New study challenges prevailing theory about how deep-sea vents are colonized

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories An article just published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B describes two remarkably different hydrothermal vent fields discovered in the southern Gulf of California. Despite being relatively close together, these vents host very different anim… [...]

    Laying the foundation for new energy technology

    Original @ MIT News – Energy Theoretical chemist Troy Van Voorhis probes big energy-related questions, scrutinizing electrons and chemical bonds to improve sustainable energy solutions. [...]

    How scientists invent new colours

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories For tens of thousands of years, humans have created colours through simple chemistry. At first we used dyes found in nature such as berries and charcoal. Later, new pigments were synthesised in the lab. [...]

    3-D imaging of surface chemistry in confinement

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories EPFL researchers have developed an optical imaging tool to visualize surface chemistry in real time. They imaged the interfacial chemistry in the microscopically confined geometry of a simple glass micro-capillary. The glass is covered with hydroxyl (-… [...]

    Scientists design promising new cathode for sodium-based batteries

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Scientists have designed a new type of cathode that could make the mass production of sodium batteries more feasible. Batteries based on plentiful and low-cost sodium are of great interest to both scientists and industry as they could facilitate a more… [...]