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A new method of growing metal-organic frameworks on fabrics could lead to clothes that protect soldiers and first responders against chemical warfare agents.

Ammonia is an important raw material for a broad range of products, including fertilizers, plastics, fibers, and pharmaceuticals. Now, scientists from Waseda Univ. in Tokyo and Nippon Shokubai Co. have transformed the high-temperature and high-pressure industrial process for making ammonia into an efficient, low-temperature one.

In nature, color can arise either from pigments or from microscopic structures that are small enough to interfere with visible light. These so-called structural colors are often more vivid than pigmented colors because the size of the structures is similar to the size of visible light wavelengths, and their colors can fluctuate depending on the viewing angle. And, unlike pigments, structural colors resist fading.

A new synthetic antibiotic that hobbles bacteria in three different ways could overcome antibiotic resistance.

A new liquefied-gas-based electrolyte enables lithium batteries to operate efficiently at very cold temperatures — opening up the potential for electric cars that travel much farther distances in cold climates than they can with today’s batteries.

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