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Nature of Water News
December 8, 2019

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The answer lies in a film of water that is generated by friction, one that is far thinner than expected and much more viscous than usual water, reminiscent of the 'snow ... read more
A new type of micromotor -- powered by ultrasound and steered by magnets -- can move around individual cells and microscopic particles in crowded environments without ... read more

Defrosting Surfaces in Seconds

Researchers have developed a way to remove ice and frost from surfaces extremely efficiently, using less than 1% of the energy and less than 0.01% of the time needed for traditional defrosting ... read more

Cleaning Pollutants from Water With Pollen and Spores -- Without the 'Achoo!'

In addition to their role in plant fertilization and reproduction, pollens and spores have another, hidden talent: With a simple treatment, these ... read more
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Industrial Bread Dough Kneaders Could Use Physics-Based Redesign

When making bread, it's important not to overknead the dough, because this leads to a dense and tight dough due to a reduced water absorption capacity that impairs its ability to rise. But ... read more

Researchers Design an Improved Pathway to Carbon-Neutral Plastics

Researchers have designed a new and improved system for efficiently converting CO2, water, and renewable energy into ethylene -- the precursor to a wide range of plastic products -- under neutral ... read more

Icebergs as a Source of Nutrients

The importance of icebergs as an important source of nutrients in the polar regions has long been discussed. An international research team has investigated ice samples worldwide. A key result is ... read more

New Water-Based Optical Device Revolutionizes the Field of Optics Research

Using the optical properties of a material to manipulate light signals is called light modulation, a method widely used in optical communication. In a groundbreaking study, a group of scientists has ... read more

Study on Surface Damage to Vehicles Traveling at Hypersonic Speeds

Vehicles moving at hypersonic speeds are bombarded with ice crystals and dust particles in the surrounding atmosphere, making the surface material vulnerable to damage such as erosion and sputtering ... read more

Pollution from Athabasca Oil Sands Affects Weather Processes

Scientists have been looking at pollution affecting the air, land and water around the Athabaska Oil Sands for some time. After looking at contaminants in snow taken from up-to 25 km away from the ... read more

New, Slippery Toilet Coating Provides Cleaner Flushing, Saves Water

Researchers have developed a method that dramatically reduces the amount of water needed to flush a conventional toilet, which usually requires 6 ... read more

Scientists Design Built-in Controls for Mini-Chemical Labs on a Chip

In a miniaturized laboratory, microfluidic systems can conduct chemical experiments on a chip through a series of small connected tubes the size of a ... read more

Micro-Rubber in the Environment

The tread on the tire is worn out, new tires are needed. Everyday life for many drivers. But where do these lost centimeters of tire tread 'disappear' to? As micro-rubbers, they mainly end ... read more

Researchers Create and Stabilize Pure Polymeric Nitrogen Using Plasma

Researchers have reported the production of the first pure polymeric nitrogen compound at near-ambient conditions. The substance, which has existed only in theory for the last three decades, is ... read more

Half of Piedmont Drinking Wells May Exceed NC's Hexavalent Chromium Standards

A new study which combines measurements from nearly 1,400 drinking water wells across North Carolina estimates that more than half of the wells in the state's Piedmont region contain levels of ... read more

Study Reveals Breach of 'Dancing' Barrier Governs Crystal Growth

Researchers used computer-based simulations to analyze how atoms and molecules move in a solution and identified a general mechanism governing crystal growth that scientists can manipulate when ... read more

Carbon Nanotubes Show a Love/hate Relationship With Water

New research reveals that carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as a coating can both repel and hold water in place, a useful property for applications like printing, spectroscopy, water transport, or harvesting ... read more

New Exploration Method for Geothermal Energy

Where to drill? This is the basic question in the exploration of underground energy resources, such as geothermal energy. A research team presents a new method for locating potential drilling sites ... read more

Gold Mining Critically Impairs Water Quality in Rivers Across Peruvian Biodiversity Hotspot

A new study finds that artisanal-scale gold mining is altering water clarity and dynamics in the Madre de Dios River watershed in Peru, a tropical biodiversity hotspot. Higher levels of suspended ... read more

Turbulence Creates Ice in Clouds

Vertical air motions increase ice formation in mixed-phase clouds. This correlation was predicted theoretically for a long time, but could now be observed for the first time in nature. Using laser ... read more

New Photonic Liquid Crystals Could Lead to Next-Generation Displays

A new technique to change the structure of liquid crystals could lead to the development of fast-responding liquid crystals suitable for next generation displays -- 3D, augmented and virtual reality ... read more

Ion Transfer Principles of Salinity Gradient Power Generation Technology

A mathematical analysis model that can identify the ion transfer principle of salinity gradient power ... read more

Spiders and Ants Inspire a Metallic Structure That Refuses to Sink

Researchers have created a metallic structure that is so hydrophobic, it refuses to sink - no matter how often it is forced into water or how much it is damaged or punctured. Possible applications ... read more

Physics of Windshield-Cracking Raindrops Could Demolish Kidney Stones

A plane has to be going pretty fast for a mere raindrop to crack its windshield, but it can happen. While scientists knew surface waves were behind the phenomenon, the details have long remained ... read more

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