Better red than dread: Barrier keeps batteries safe

(Rice University) A layer of red phosphorus in rechargeable lithium metal batteries can signal when damaging dendrites threaten to create a short circuit. The strategy, which does not require a third electrode, could help bring more powerful lithium me…

Heart research gets $4.1 million boost on Valentine’s Day

(Clemson University) Will Richardson and Naren Vyavahare said Thursday that they have each received grants from the National Institutes of Health for new research related to the heart. The two grants combined represent $4.1 million in new research fund…

Tracking pollen with quantum dots

(Stellenbosch University) Most plant species on earth are reliant on insects for pollination, including more than 30% of the food crops we eat. With insects facing rapid global decline, it is crucial that scientists understand which insects are importa…

What happens to magnetic nanoparticles once in cells?

(CNRS) Although magnetic nanoparticles are being used more and more in cell imaging and tissue bioengineering, what happens to them within stem cells in the long term remained undocumented. Researchers have shown substantial degradation of these nanopa…

A trailblazer

(University of California – Santa Barbara) Sometimes what we really need is someone who can show us how it’s done. For 30 years and for countless students, UC Santa Barbara physics professor Elisabeth Gwinn has been that person.