Midnight In The Desert — molecules

New molecular design to get hydrogen-powered cars motoring

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New molecular design to get hydrogen-powered cars motoring

A radical new process that allows hydrogen to be efficiently sourced from liquid formic acid could be one step forward in making the dream of hydrogen-powered cars an economic reality. Using formic acid to produce hydrogen has never been considered viable because it requires high temperatures to decompose and also produces waste by-products. But the University of Melbourne's Professor Richard O'Hair has led an international team of scientists in designing a molecular catalyst that forces formic acid to produce only hydrogen and carbon dioxide and at a low temperature of only 70°C. Professor O'Hair, from the University's School of Chemistry...

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Scientists encode, retrieve 10,000 gigabytes stored on DNA molecules

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Scientists encode, retrieve 10,000 gigabytes stored on DNA molecules

Researchers at the University of Washington and Microsoft are developing one of the first complete storage systems to house digital data in DNA. The news comes as the digital universe is expected to hit 44 trillion gigabytes by 2020. “Life has produced this fantastic molecule called DNA that efficiently stores all kinds of information about your genes and how a living system works. It’s very, very compact and very durable,” said co-author Luis Ceze, UW associate professor of computer science and engineering, in a press release. “We’re essentially repurposing it to store digital data, pictures, videos, documents, in a manageable...

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