Chemistry

Tampons provide a Way to Detect Sewage Leaks

Tampons provide a Way to Detect Sewage Leaks

Researchers have devised a new way to detect sewage leaks. They placed tampons in 16 surface water sewers and retrieved them after 3 days. After this, they tested them under UV light. The research team successfully detected grey water contamination. They also determined a positive and negative result for clean water.

The researchers explained that the natural, untreated cotton in tampons readily absorbs chemical commonly used in toilet paper, laundry detergents and shampoos. Known as optical brighteners, these chemicals enhance whites and brighten colors.

Defective Graphene structure could improve Fuel Cells

Defective Graphene structure could improve Fuel Cells

A new research conducted by researchers from Northwestern University has found that introducing flaws into graphene used in fuel cells could improve the cells and even make them more efficient.

According to the researchers, the research project has solved the problem which usually occurs in fuel cell technology. In the currently used fuel cell technology, the problem occurs while separating protons from hydrogen. While conducting the research, the researchers used a single layer graphene and water, which allowed protons to move from one side to the other.

Man arrested for leaving Backpack Meth Lab inside Wal-Mart Bathroom

Man arrested for leaving Backpack Meth Lab inside Wal-Mart Bathroom

On Monday night, the Pendleton District Meth Suppression team arrested a man suspected of leaving a backpack meth lab inside a Muncie Wal-Mart last week. According to reports, the backpack was left inside the Walmart bathroom.

The man, Tyler Armstrong, was arrested by the squad at the Taco Bell on South Madison Street in Muncie. As per police, the 25-year-old man tried to resist the officers, but was arrested and taken into custody for further investigation. The man has also been charged for resisting law enforcement, the police further stated.

It’s Possible to control Edge Properties of Graphene Nanoribbons

It’s Possible to control Edge Properties of Graphene Nanoribbons

Researchers have revealed through a new study that it is possible to control the edge properties of graphene nanoribbons by gaining control over the conditions under which the nanoribbons are pulled apart. The study was aimed at understanding how graphene nanoribbons can be fractured to get the edges they require for applications.

Doomsday Clock moved to Three Minutes to Midnight

Doomsday Clock moved to Three Minutes to Midnight

A nontechnical online magazine, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, has moved the hands of its Doomsday Clock to three minutes to midnight. It could mean that the world is closer to the end. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists informs people about issues related to the dangers posed by nuclear, climate change, emerging technologies and diseases.

Graphene is Stronger than Steel or Kevlar: Research

Graphene is Stronger than Steel or Kevlar: Research

A research by scientists from Rice University and the University of Massachusetts shows that the impact of a bullet could be resisted better by bulletproof vests made out of graphene than those made from steel or Kevlar. The research has been published in the journal Science.

3 Researchers share Nobel Prize in Chemistry

3 Researchers share Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Two Americans and a German scientist won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for contributing to the development of super-resolution microscopy. The chemistry prize was awarded to US researchers Eric Betzig, William Moerner and German scientist Stefan Hell. 

Their contribution will allow the scientists to see tiny features of cells and molecules that lie outside the physical limits of regular light microscopes.

Researchers Study Behavior of Cerium Dioxide Nanoparticles

Researchers Study Behavior of Cerium Dioxide Nanoparticles

Researchers used X-rays beams of the European Synchrotron ESRF to find out the nature of nanoparticles in a solution of water and ethanol. The team of researchers noticed that the electrons released by the nanoparticles of cerium dioxide did not combine together to form a single atom.

On analyzing their behavior, researchers declared that nanoparticles change their behavior under vacuum. It has also been observed by the researchers that the electrons move like clouds and distribute themselves across the whole of nanoparticle.

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