A Low-Cost Route to Ultrathin Platinum Films that is 1000 times faster than molecular beam epitaxy

A research group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a relatively simple, fast and effective method of depositing uniform, ultrathin layers of platinum atoms on a surface. The new process exploits an unexpected feature of electrodeposition of platinum—if you drive the reaction much more strongly than usual, a new reaction …

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Solar industry responsible for lead emissions in developing countries

A study by Chris Cherry, assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering (University of Tennessee), found that solar power heavily reliant on lead batteries has the potential to release more than 2.4 million tons of lead pollution in China and India. Lead poisoning causes numerous adverse health effects, including damage to the central nervous system, …

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Carnival of Nuclear 67

1. ANS Nuclear Cafe by Meredith Angwin – What do Miss Marple, hard-boiled LAPD detective Harry Bosch, and Richard Hannay of The Thirty-Nine Steps have in common? At ANS Nuclear Cafe, Meredith Angwin wrote about their communication lessons for nuclear. Thrillers in the Dog Days, Lessons for Nuclear Communication. 2. Yes Vermont Yankee – Money …

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An Estimate of the Electron Density in Filaments of Galaxies

“Missing mass” in the universe has many types and forms. New research relates not to dark matter but a new way to detect baryonic matter (i.e. all normal matter) that exists in an unusual form as filaments. Arxiv – Most of the baryons in the Universe are thought to be contained within filaments of galaxies, …

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