Hexbyte Glen Cove Using zirconium as an additive in super-strong composite materials thumbnail

Hexbyte Glen Cove Using zirconium as an additive in super-strong composite materials

Scientists at Nagoya University, working in collaboration with NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd., have developed a set of composite materials composed of layers of aluminum oxide (Al2O3) and tungsten carbide (WC) with zirconium atoms in between. These special Al2O3-WC composite materials outperform existing superhard materials at combining hardness with resistance to becoming permanently bent...

Hexbyte Glen Cove Pace of prehistoric human innovation could be revealed by 'linguistic thermometer' thumbnail

Hexbyte Glen Cove Pace of prehistoric human innovation could be revealed by ‘linguistic thermometer’

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Multi-disciplinary researchers at The University of Manchester have helped develop a powerful physics-based tool to map the pace of language development and human innovation over thousands of years—even stretching into pre-history before records were kept. Tobias Galla, a professor in theoretical physics, and Dr. Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero, a specialist in historical...

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Hexbyte Glen Cove Sustainable optical fibers developed from methylcellulose

Schematic illustration of a light coupled optical fibre and photographs of methylcellulose-based optical fibers under ambient light and UV light. Credit: Ville Hynninen and Nonappa Researchers from Tampere University and Aalto University have developed optical fibers from methylcellulose, a commonly used cellulose derivative. The finding opens new avenues to short-distance optical fibers using sustainable...

Hexbyte Glen Cove Genome-editing tool TALEN outperforms CRISPR-Cas9 in tightly packed DNA

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Researchers used single-molecule imaging to compare the genome-editing tools CRISPR-Cas9 and TALEN. Their experiments revealed that TALEN is up to five times more efficient than CRISPR-Cas9 in parts of the genome, called heterochromatin, that are densely packed. Fragile X syndrome, sickle cell anemia, beta-thalassemia and other diseases are the result...

Hexbyte Glen Cove Inequality in medieval Cambridge was ‘recorded on the bones’ of its residents

The remains of an individual buried in the Augustinian friary, taken during the 2016 excavation on the University of Cambridge's New Museums site. Credit: Nick Saffell Social inequality was "recorded on the bones" of Cambridge's medieval residents, according to a new study of hundreds of human remains excavated from three very different burial sites...

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