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CU Boulder Professor Wins Prestigious NSF Quantum Program

The CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science is leading a new multi-university and multi-disciplinary project from the National Science Foundation aimed at...
nanothreads

New NSF-Funded Center to Explore Chemistry of ‘Nanothreads’

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $1.8 million to a team of scientists led by John Badding, professor of chemistry, physics, and...
cancer cells

NSF Backs Strategy to Reconstruct Cancer Cells’ Evolution

The National Science Foundation has awarded two grants for a combined $1.5 million to Rice University computational biologist Luay Nakhleh to expand big data...
topological insulator

A Physics Treasure Hidden in a Wallpaper Pattern

“The beauty of topology is that one can apply symmetry principles to find and categorize materials,” said B. Andrei Bernevig, a professor of physics at Princeton. The research,...
data storage network

NSF Supports Development of New Nationwide Data Storage Network

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing a $1.8 million grant for the initial development of a data storage network over the next two years. A...
Antarctic glacier

US and UK Join Forces to Understand How Quickly a Massive...

The collapse of the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica could significantly affect global sea levels. As part of a new $25 million research collaboration,...
dispersants

Sunlight Reduces Effectiveness of Dispersants Used to Clean up Oil Spills

A new study shows that sunlight transforms oil spills on the ocean surface more quickly and significantly than previously thought, limiting the effectiveness of...
Brain Categorization

How Does the Brain Learn Categorization for Sounds? the Same Way...

Categorization, or the recognition that individual objects share similarities and can be grouped together, is fundamental to how we make sense of the world....
Rock Moisture

Hidden “Rock Moisture” Possible Key to Forest Response to Drought

A little-studied, underground layer of rock may provide a vital reservoir for trees, especially in times of drought, report scientists funded by the National...
cloud seeding

Cloud Seeding for Snow: Does It Work? Scientists Report First Quantifiable...

For the first time, scientists have obtained direct, quantifiable observations of cloud seeding for increased snowfall -- from the growth of ice crystals, through...
Winter road salt

Winter Road Salt, Fertilizers Turning North American Waterways Increasingly Saltier

Across North America, streams and rivers are becoming saltier, thanks to road deicers, fertilizers and other salty compounds that humans indirectly release into waterways....
Metallic Nanocrystals

Project Will Provide Reaction Kinetics Data for Deterministic Synthesis of Metallic...

In the solution-based process, precursor chemicals adsorb to nanocrystal seeds before being reduced to atoms that fuel growth of the nanocrystals. The kinetics data...
microelectronics

Researchers Steer the Flow of Electrical Current with Spinning Light

Light can generate an electrical current in semiconductor materials. This is how solar cells generate electricity from sunlight and how smart phone cameras can...
drug therapy

Study: Garlic and Fluorine Combination Shows Promise as Drug Therapy

There’s a lot more to garlic than its distinctive odor and strong, pungent taste. For centuries, the allium root vegetable has been used as a...
Antarctic Ice

Massive East Antarctic Ice Sheet Has History of Instability

The East Antarctic Ice Sheet locks away enough water to raise sea level an estimated 53 meters (174 feet), more than any other ice...
insulator

Rules for Superconductivity Mirrored in ‘Excitonic Insulator’

Rice University physicists dedicated to creating the working components of a fault-tolerant quantum computer have succeeded in creating a previously unseen state of matter. The...
snowstorms

Shape of Lake Ontario Generates White-Out Blizzards, Study Shows

A 6-foot-wide snow blower mounted on a tractor makes a lot of sense when you live on the Tug Hill Plateau. Tug Hill, in...
graphene

Wrinkles give Heat a Jolt in Pillared Graphene

Pillared graphene would transfer heat better if the theoretical material had a few asymmetric junctions that caused wrinkles, according to Rice University engineers. Rice materials...
tsunami

Developing ‘Breakaway’ Tsunami Resistant Buildings

The best designs can also be the most surprising. A promising new concept for tsunami resistant buildings features breakaway walls and floors on lower...
data storage

UC Researcher Tackles Global Problem of Data Storage

With the rise of the Cloud, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (the foreseeable future in which not just computers but all of...