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  • Car roof and battery made with byproducts of paper production
    Swedish researchers have produced the world's first model car with a roof and battery made from wood-based carbon fiber -- a lightweight and renewable alternative to metals and other composites.

  • Engineers develop hybrid technology to create biorenewable nylon
    Engineers are combining the tools of biology and chemistry to create new biorenewable products.

  • Why not recycled concrete?
    From paper towels to cups to plastic bottles, products made from recycled materials permeate our lives. One notable exception is building materials. Why can’t we recycle concrete from our deteriorating infrastructure for use as material in new buildings and bridges? It’s a question that a team of researchers is examining.

  • Nature's mirror: The code for chirality
    How information is transferred from biological molecules to crystalline surfaces could pave the way for the development of new drugs and other synthetic materials.

  • A deep look into a single molecule
    The interaction of thermal energy from the environment with motional degrees of freedom is well known and often referred to as Brownian motion (also thermal motion). But in the case of polar molecules, the internal degrees of freedom -- in particular the rotational quantum state -- are also influenced by the thermal radiation. So far, the detection of the rotational state was only possible by destroying the molecule. Now, report scientists, the quantum state of a molecular ion has been measured live and in a non-destructive fashion for the first time.

  • Graphene decharging and molecular shielding
    A new study sheds light on unique property of 2-D materials -- ability to shield chemical interactions at the molecular level. Discovery of shielding effect allows scientists to control reactivity of molecules, tune activity of catalysts, and construct new generation of carbon materials.

  • Clean energy from water
    Fuel cells generate electrical energy through a chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen. To obtain clean energy, the splitting of water into its components of hydrogen and oxygen is critical. Researchers are now studying how sunlight can be used for this purpose.

  • From allergens to anodes: Pollen derived battery electrodes
    Pollens, the bane of allergy sufferers, could represent a boon for battery makers: Recent research has suggested their potential use as anodes in lithium-ion batteries.

  • SI Superheroes return with another weighty adventure
    'Mass Uncertainty' is the third and latest adventure from the League of SI Superheroes, the animated online series from NIST. The episode touches upon a topic -- how to redefine the basic unit of mass known as the kilogram -- that represents a cutting-edge undertaking for researchers working to modernize the worldwide metric measurement system known as the International System of Units (SI).

  • Lithium battery catalyst found to harm key soil microorganism
    The material at the heart of the lithium ion batteries that power electric vehicles, laptop computers and smartphones has been shown to impair a key soil bacterium. The study is an early signal that the growing use of the new nanoscale materials used in the rechargeable batteries that power portable electronics and electric and hybrid vehicles may have untold environmental consequences.