Monthly Archives: November 2014

World’s most abundant mineral finally gets a name

A new study has concluded over five decades of work to find, identify, and classify the mineral that makes up 38 percent of the Earth.

The International Mineralogical Association states that minerals can only be named and classified once they’ve been analysed in their natural state. The problem with this and the mineral that

Graphene could be used to filter fuel out of thin air

Scientists in the UK have found that graphene isn’t just incredibly strong and light – it also allows protons, or positively charged hydrogen atoms, to pass through it.

This means that in the future it could be used to build fuel cells that generate electricity from nothing but the hydrogen in the atmosphere.

“We are very excited about this result because it opens a whole new area of promising applications for graphene in clean energy harvesting and hydrogen-based technologies,” the co-author of the study, Marcelo Lozada-Hidalgo of Manchester University, told Reuters.

The team was led by Andre Geim – the scientist who was involved in first isolating graphene back in 2004 – and their discovery is just one of many revolutionary property displayed by the material.

First of all, graphene is just one-carbon-atom thick, making it one of the thinnest

Scientists pinpoint chemical link between sleep and memory formation

A great many processes occur in our brains, and only while we’re asleep. Researchers have just discovered a new one, describing how the brain produces special chemicals while we’re asleep to not only form memories, but also to relive past events our subconscious is interested in remembering.

Reporting at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience meeting earlier this month in the US, sleep researcher from the University of Pennsylvania, Jennifer Choi Tudor, presented to her peers a new study involving the sleep-induced brain chemical, 4EBP2.

According to Jon Hamilton at NPR, previous research has shown that