Origin and chemical makeup of Saturn’s Moon Titan’s dunes

Astronomers exposed acetylene ice — a chemical that is used on Earth in welding torches and exists at Titan’s equatorial regions — at low temperatures to proxies of high-energy galactic cosmic rays. Read More

Croissant making inspires renewable energy solution

The art of croissant making has inspired researchers to find a solution to a sustainable energy problem. Read More

‘Flamenco dancing’ molecule could lead to better-protecting sunscreen

A molecule that protects plants from overexposure to harmful sunlight thanks to its flamenco-style twist could form the basis for a new longer-lasting sunscreen, chemists have found. Read More

Energy flow in the nano range

It is crucial for photovoltaics and other technical applications, how efficiently energy spreads in a small volume. With new methods, the path of energy in the nanometer range can now be followed precisely. Read More

Big data technique reveals previously unknown capabilities of common materials

Researchers have found a new way to optimize nickel by unlocking properties that could enable numerous applications, from biosensors to quantum computing. Read More

Scientists recalculate the optimum binding energy for heterogeneous catalysis

In a discovery that could lead to the development of novel catalysts that do not rely on expensive rare metals, scientists have shown that the optimal binding energy can deviate from traditional calculations, which are based on equilibrium thermodynamics, at high reaction rates. This means that reconsidering the design of…

Easy-to-use technique to measure the hydrophobicity of micro- and nanoparticle

The technique may have a far-reaching implication for many scientific and industrial applications and disciplines that involve particulate matter. Read More

A simpler way to make some medicines

Organic chemists have figured out how to synthesize the most common molecule arrangement in medicine, a scientific discovery that could change the way a number of drugs — including one most commonly used to treat ovarian cancer — are produced. Their discovery, published today in the journal Chem, gives drug…

Stranded whales detected from space

A new technique for analysing satellite images may help scientists detect and count stranded whales from space. Researchers tested a new detection method using Very High Resolution (VHR) satellite images of the biggest mass stranding of baleen whales yet recorded. It is hoped that in the future the technique will…

Blanket of light may give better quantum computers

Researchers describe how — by simple means — they have created a ‘carpet’ of thousands of quantum-mechanically entangled light pulses. The discovery has the potential to pave the way for more powerful quantum computers. Read More