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by Jeff Hopkins, on 5/31/19 9:00 AM

The Open Source Fusor Research Consortium has confirmed that Jackson Oswalt of Memphis, TN has become the youngest person in history to achieve nuclear fusion. In what used to be …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 5/30/19 9:00 AM

If the analyzer in your analytical sampling system requires gas, but the sample is liquid, the only option is to convert the liquid to gas. This process is called vaporization …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 5/29/19 8:45 AM

With so many configuration options, it's worth getting familiar with the catalog "When it comes to flow restriction, the ball valve reigns supreme in the valve world for lowest pressure …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 5/28/19 9:00 AM

Add North American flying squirrels to your list of animals that fluoresce under UV light. Faculty at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, made this accidental discovery and have been working …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 5/27/19 9:00 AM

Scientists at the University of Plymouth blended an entire smartphone to dust and then conducted chemical analysis of the dissolved results. Their results put a spotlight on the quantities of …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 5/24/19 9:00 AM

A team of American scientists has made a giant leap in the effort to achieve superconductivity at room temperature. This achievement, the “holy grail” of superconductivity, could revolutionize the way …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 5/23/19 9:00 AM

Stainless steel tubing on oil and gas platforms is used in process instrumentation and sensing. It is also used in chemical inhibition, hydraulic lines, impulse lines and utility applications over …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 5/22/19 8:45 AM

They offer the lowest pressure drop, and can handle flow in both directions "When it comes to flow restriction, the ball valve reigns supreme in the valve world for lowest …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 5/21/19 9:00 AM

Invented in 1919 by a World War I veteran for the mining industry, hard hats were initially used by only a few, progressive employers who wanted to protect their workers …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 5/20/19 9:00 AM

A growing number of decommissioned oil platforms worldwide have found new purpose as human-made reefs, and have become home to millions of individual plants and animals. Researchers at UC Santa …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 5/17/19 9:00 AM

TbInO3, a metal oxide with a crystal structure that is made from the rare-Earth element terbium, has surprised scientists by exhibiting a quantum spin liquid state. This is a highly …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 5/16/19 9:00 AM

When designing your sampling system, deciding where on the pipeline to place the nozzle for sample delivery is of crucial importance. There are several factors to consider in order to …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 5/15/19 8:45 AM

Two-stage reduction does the trick, and can be done in two different ways "For lower flow applications an alternative method of regulating supply pressure effect is to use two-stage pressure …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 5/14/19 9:00 AM

Smudged fingerprints that are difficult to use for pattern analysis can now yield other information thanks to new methods. Scientists can now work with samples containing as little as 500 …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 5/13/19 9:00 AM

Brown University researchers have gained an insight with implications for nano-engineering: miniscule differences in the roughness of surfaces can have surprising and important effects on how they stick together. The …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 5/10/19 9:00 AM

A new periodic table design vividly illustrates the amount of each element believed to exist on earth. It especially highlights how many of the elements needed for mobile phones may …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 5/9/19 9:00 AM

Just about every metal corrodes under certain conditions, yet some materials resist corrosion better than others. Yet while managing corrosion may begin with materials, it is vital to ensure that …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 5/8/19 8:45 AM

The right regulator can hold the line as pressure from a supply cylinder drops "For many applications, especially high-flow applications, a common method for reducing Supply Pressure Effect is to …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 5/7/19 9:00 AM

For the first time, an experiment has directly imaged electron orbits in a high-magnetic field. The electrons, when kept at very low temperatures to allow their quantum behaviors to emerge, …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 5/6/19 9:00 AM

Despite having been discovered over 70 years ago, shape-memory alloys (SMA) are vastly underused in commercial applications. Worldwide there are over 20,000 patents but few products for these materials known …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 5/3/19 9:00 AM

A graphene-like material can switch from an insulator to a conductor, seemingly defying the laws of physics. When subjected to extremely high pressure, the planes of the crystal structure of …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 5/2/19 9:00 AM

A regulator’s main purpose is to maintain steady pressure in a fluid system application across the full range of anticipated flow rates. To help confirm that your regulator is sized …

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by Jeff Hopkins, on 5/1/19 8:45 AM

API Standard 682 has plenty of plans, and Swagelok can help you navigate them "Swagelok seal support system designs avoid pipe threads and limit the number of connections wherever possible" …

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