July 19, 2016

“Jumping film” harnesses the power of humidity

Humidity-sensitive film

Scientists have developed a film that curls up and straightens out autonomously when exposed to tiny, barely measurable changes in ambient humidity.

July 11, 2016

Learning from the mussel, scientists create a biologically active titanium surface

Learning from mussels, scientists have successfully attached a biologically active molecule to a titanium surface, paving the way for implants that can be more biologically beneficial.

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July 20, 2016

Cesium 137 and strontium 90 can be transmuted into more easily managed isotopes


Scientists are studying a variety of reactions using the RIBF facility in Japan to find the most efficient ways to transmute problematic long-lived fission products into other nuclei.

July 19, 2016

Researchers gain access to microorganisms from ancient tumuli

Wall mural

Researchers now have access to a collection of 730 strains of bacteria, molds (filamentous fungi), and yeasts that were isolated from two 1,300-year-old Japanese tumuli.

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Friction-like effect observed in quantum system

Electrons moving across liquid helium exhibit spasmodic motion similar to that of rough surfaces being dragged across each other

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