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August 13, 2020

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AI System for High Precision Recognition of Hand Gestures

Scientists have developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system that recognises hand gestures by combining skin-like electronics with computer ...

Spider Silk Inspires New Class of Functional Synthetic Polymers

Synthetic polymers have changed the world around us. However, It is hard to finely tune some of their properties, such as the ability to transport ions. To overcome this problem, researchers decided ...
In a proof-of-concept study, researchers report that a simple, low-cost technique provided visual proof that face masks are ...

X-Rays Indicate That Water Can Behave Like a Liquid Crystal

Scientists have discovered that water can exhibit a similar behavior like a liquid crystal when illuminated with laser light. This effect originates by the alignment of water molecules, which exhibit ...
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Engaging Undergrads Remotely With an Escape Room Game

Researchers describe an alternative way to engage students: a virtual game, modeled on an escape room, in which teams solve chemistry problems to progress and ...

Internal Differences: A New Method for Seeing Into Cells

The new technology may help answer outstanding questions about the immune system, cancer, Alzheimer's, and ...

Molecular Additives Enhance Mechanical Properties of Organic Solar Cell Material

Computational experiments on semiconducting polymers show that under harsh loading conditions -- stretching and compression -- the addition of small molecules enhances performance and stability. The ...

Nanocrystals from Recycled Wood Waste Make Carbon-Fiber Composites Tougher

Researchers have used a natural plant product, called cellulose nanocrystals, to pin and coat carbon nanotubes uniformly onto the carbon-fiber composites. The researchers said their prescribed method ...

Bouncing, Sticking, Exploding Viruses: Understanding the Surface Chemistry of SARS-CoV-2

Researchers highlight the need to understand the different environmental conditions that affect the surface chemistry of viruses like SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease ...

What Violin Synchronization Can Teach Us About Better Networking in Complex Times

A new study suggests by using a model of violin synchronization in a network of violin players, there are ways to drown out distractions and miscommunications that could be used as a model for human ...

Research Exposes New Vulnerability for SARS-CoV-2

Using nanometer-level simulations, researchers have discovered a positively charged site (known as the polybasic cleavage site) located 10 nanometers from the actual binding site on the spike ...

Recipe for Success -- Interaction Proteomics Become a Household Item

A research team introduces a new optimized and integrated interaction proteomics protocol that combines two state-of-the art methods to allow rapid identification of protein-protein interactions and ...

Long-Term Risks of Joint Implants

Using highly complex analytical techniques, a group of researchers were able to observe in detail how different metals are released from joint implants and accumulate in the surrounding bone tissue. ...

Discovery Transforms Understanding of Hydrogen Depletion at the Seafloor

Results of a new study contradict the assumption that hydrogen depletions at the seafloor are caused by microbiological communities. Researchers found that these shifts in chemistry are driven by ...

A New Way to Fabricate MXene Films That Block Electromagnetic Interference

Chemical and biomolecular engineers have demonstrated a novel approach to MXene fabrication that could lead to methods for at-scale production of MXene freestanding films: drop-casting onto ...

Breaking Molecular Traffic Jams With Finned Nanoporous Materials

Researchers are reporting the invention of a new class of porous catalysts that will speed up reactions, breaking the molecular traffic jam that can slow them down. The discovery has immediate ...

From Nanocellulose to Gold

When nanocellulose is combined with various types of metal nanoparticles, materials are formed with many new and exciting properties. They may be antibacterial, change color under pressure, or ...

Nanocatalysts That Remotely Control Chemical Reactions Inside Living Cells

The enzymes responsible for catalytic reactions in our body's biological reactions are difficult to use for diagnosis or treatment as they react only to certain molecules or have low stability. ...

Advance in Programmable Synthetic Materials

DNA information is stored in a sequence of chemical building blocks; computers store information as sequences of zeros and ones. Researchers want to transfer this concept to artificial molecules. ...

Measuring Electron Emission from Irradiated Biomolecules

Researchers have successfully determined the characteristics of electron emission when high-velocity ions collide with adenine - one of the four key nucleobases of ...

Scientists Use CRISPR to Knock Down Gene Messages Early in Development

Researchers have harnessed the technology to target gene messages (messenger RNA) involved in early vertebrate ...

A Titanate Nanowire Mask That Can Eliminate Pathogens

Researchers are working on a membrane made of titanium oxide nanowires, similar in appearance to filter paper but with antibacterial and antiviral properties. Their material works by using the ...

New Science Behind Algae-Based Flip-Flops

Sustainable flip-flops: A team of researchers has formulated polyurethane foams made from algae oil to meet commercial specifications for midsole shoes and the foot-bed of ...

Why Shaving Dulls Even the Sharpest of Razors

Engineers have studied the simple act of shaving up close, observing how a razor blade can be damaged as it cuts human hair -- a material that is 50 times softer than the blade itself. They found ...

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