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A singular, molecular focus yields more effective catalysts
Advances in oil refining, drug and chemical production and environmental protection, says Israel E. Wachs, depend on understanding the relationship between a material’s molecular structures and its catalytic properties.

Unconventional cooling for overheated laptops
Consumers expect regular improvements in information technology, says Slava V. Rotkin, but these advances often come with a cost.

Switch back in time
Rick Vinci and his colleagues have made a gold-based nanocomposite that could replace semiconductor switches in cell phones, computer wireless devices and other radio frequency (RF) applications.