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Microscopic defects make lithium-ion batteries better
Microscopic defects make lithium-ion batteries better
High-performance electrodes for lithium-ion batteries can be improved by paying closer attention to their defects - and capitalizing on them, according to Rice University scientists.
What makes a harsh environment a harsh environment?
What makes a harsh environment a harsh environment?
What makes a harsh environment? Like many questions in life the answer is, "It depends." For humans, a harsh environment includes extremes of temperature or elevated altitudes. For electronic equipment, it includes temperature, of course, but also enco...
Industry fears overreach from gas pipeline safety advisory
Industry fears overreach from gas pipeline safety advisory
Natural gas industry groups are still decoding a federal agency's advice for identifying threats to safe pipeline operations and say they are concerned that it may overreach.
Damaged Rio Olympics medals soil athletes' memories of 2016
Damaged Rio Olympics medals soil athletes' memories of 2016
Organizers of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games were forced to address the fact that more than 130 Olympic medals handed out in 2016 were defective in some way and had been returned for repairs. Some now had visible rust, black spots, or some other corr...
Flake-like nanoparticles offer reliable rust protection
Flake-like nanoparticles offer reliable rust protection
Research scientists at Leibniz Institute for New Materials (INM) have developed a special type of flake-like zinc-phosphate nanoparticles. These nanoparticles are ten times as long as they are thick. As a result of this anisotropy, the penetration of g...
Designing the 1st HDD rigs
Designing the 1st HDD rigs
Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) rigs are widely used on transmission pipeline projects efficiently and economically to complete river and road crossings, and traverse environmentally sensitive areas with the lowest impact. But how did the technol...