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New catalysts remove NOx pollutants at lower temperatures

Bulk ‘defective’ vanadium oxide for NOx removal from industrial exhaust at temperatures lower than 150 degrees Celsius Credit: Tokyo Metropolitan University Tokyo, Japan – Scientists from Tokyo Metropolitan University have developed a low-temperature catalyst for removing NOx gas from industrial exhaust using ammonia. Composed of bulk “defective” vanadium oxide instead of vanadium oxides supported on titanium oxide like in commercial catalysts, the catalyst works at lower temperatures ( Nitrogen monoxide

ASU collects 5 solar awards in latest round of DOE funding

ASU continues to keep solar shining in Phoenix Metro area Credit: Deanna Dent/ASU Now Arizona State University has received five prestigious Department of Energy awards totaling $9.8 million in this year’s Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) awards to advance solar energy research and development. Overall SETO funding for fiscal year 2019 totaled $128 million for 75 projects designed to “lower solar electricity costs while working to boost solar manufacturing, reduce

A better understanding of soft artificial muscles

Research sheds light on the underlying mechanics of soft filaments Credit: (Video courtesy of Nicholas Charles/Harvard SEAS) Artificial muscles will power the soft robots and wearable devices of the future. But more needs to be understood about the underlying mechanics of these powerful structures in order to design and build new devices. Now, researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have uncovered some

How to build a chloroplast

Plants use a single communication route when developing new chloroplasts Credit: Image by PhotoMIX Ltd. No copyright. No credit required. Researchers in Japan and the U.K. have discovered new details of how young leaves build their first chloroplasts, the energy factories of plant cells. The researchers identified a new role for a protein that was first identified 25 years ago, but had defied characterization until now. When a new

Training collaboration launched between Wistar & Leiden University Medical Center

Credit: The Wistar Institute PHILADELPHIA — (Nov. 15, 2019) — The Wistar Institute and Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) formalized a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions to explore a postdoctoral training exchange program in immunology, cancer research and vaccine biology. The Wistar-Schoemaker International Postdoctoral Fellowship would bring recent Ph.D. graduates trained at LUMC to Wistar to advance their research education under the mentorship of cutting-edge biomedical research leaders.

CSU lands $1.2 million in NIH funding to advance work on a new tuberculosis vaccine

Credit: William A. Cotton/CSU Photography A team of researchers in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology at Colorado State University aim to advance what is known about the complex immune response necessary to prevent tuberculosis disease. The university was recently awarded a $1.2 million subcontract from the Infectious Disease Research Institute in Seattle under a contract award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The institute,

NASA gets an eyeful of Typhoon Fengshen

Credit: Credit: NASA Worldview NASA’s Terra satellite captured an image of Typhoon Fengshen after its eye opened as Fengshen had strengthened from a tropical storm to a typhoon and developed an eye. On Nov. 15, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Terra satellite provided a visible image of Fengshen. The MODIS image showed the cyclone was producing a large area of deep convection and

NASA looks at Tropical Depression Kalmaegi’s water vapor concentration

Credit: NASA/NRL When NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over the Philippine Sea, water vapor data provided information about the intensity of Tropical Depression Kalmaegi. NASA’s Aqua satellite passed Kalmaegi on Nov. 15 at 0425 UTC (Nov. 14 at 11:25 p.m. EST) and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument gathered water vapor content and temperature information. The MODIS image showed highest concentrations of water vapor and coldest cloud top temperatures

NASA identifies new eastern pacific tropical storm

Credit: Credit: NASA Worldview NASA’s Terra satellite captured an image of developing Tropical Storm Raymond in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. On Nov. 14, the MODIS or Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Terra satellite provided a visible image of then Tropical Depression 20 (TD20) in the Eastern Pacific. The image showed that the storm was being affected by outside winds, pushing much of the clouds and showers

New US Army software rapidly converts live drone video into 2D and 3D maps

Software-only solution creates maps in a matter of minutes, allowing locally collected video to be processed into immediately usable geospatial products that can be fed into other mapping applications like Google Earth, ArcGIS Credit: Stephen Baack/Army A scientist in Virginia has built software for the Army Corps of Engineers that turns streaming drone footage into 2D and 3D maps. Dr. Richard ‘Ricky’ Massaro, from the Corps’ Geospatial Research Laboratory, designed