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Last weeks's top headlines:

New Lithium Battery Solves Key Issues
14th September 2020 - Listed in:
The limitations and challenges of current lithium-ion battery designs are well-documented, which is why researchers have been seeking myriad ways to improve these widely used energy-storage devices. One of the latest of these is from Texas A&M University, which has...
Researchers at the University of California (UC) San Diego have discovered a new anode material that allows lithium-ion batteries to be safely recharged within minutes for thousands of cycles. Known as a disordered rocksalt, the new anode material is made...
Chip could detect presence of Covid-19 antibodies
15th September 2020 - Listed in:
Scientists in Japan have developed a low-cost antibody test, which uses a portable chip, that could be used to detect coronavirus. The device, developed by researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), uses portable lab-on-a-chip...
A new herbicide-carrying hydrogel’s droplets can land on leaves and stay there without bouncing off or breaking up (ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c03396). Such hydrogels could help reduce agrochemical losses when they are sprayed, potentially cutting the amount needed...
Enzyme doesn’t need oxygen to make ethylene
11th September 2020 - Listed in:
The chemical industry makes about 25 million metric tons of ethylene a year and uses the compound to manufacture plastics, polymers, and longer-chain carbon compounds. Scientists want to engineer bacteria to make this vital chemical feedstock to avoid using fossil...
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