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November 19, 2014

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4:37 PM | Cat Craze
Do cats make you crazy? This was the question posed at last week’s Science on Tap, a monthly science café held at the Philadelphia bar National Mechanics. By the end of the talk, the answer was clear. “Probably not, but you should still be careful.” The world’s felines have something in common, a trait shared by both domestic housecats and lions in the African savannah: they carry the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, a highly infectious protozoan that can […]
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1:39 PM | Researchers convert agricultural waste to high-value silicon carbide
Scientists are aware that these agricultural wastes have significantly high silica content in a molecular state, similar to hydrocarbons. Armed with that knowledge, researchers have discovered that these agricultural waste products can be economically transformed into silicon carbide consisting of nanostructures and nanorods in various polytypes.
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1:33 PM | Researchers advance understanding of atomically thin crystal growth
The scientists focused on the role of epilayer-substrate interactions in determining orientational relations in van der Waals epitaxy.
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12:55 PM | Oppenheimer’s Folly: On black holes, fundamental laws and pure and applied science
Einstein and Oppenheimer: Both men in their later years dismissed black holes as anomalies, unaware that they contained some of the deepest mysteries of physics (Image: Alfred Eisenstaedt, LIFE magazine)On September 1, 1939, the same day that Germany attacked Poland and started World War 2, a remarkable paper appeared in the pages of the journal Physical Review. In it J. Robert Oppenheimer and his student Hartland Snyder laid out the essential characteristics of what we today […]
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11:50 AM | Injectable treatment to prevent blood loss from serious internal injuries
Internal bleeding is a leading cause of death on the battlefield, but a new, injectable material could buy wounded soldiers the time they need to survive by preventing blood loss from serious internal injuries.
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10:22 AM | The Cathodoluminescence Revolution Goes 3D
New AttoMap software brings 3D mapping of spectroscopic features on nanoscale objects.
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10:18 AM | FibeRio Launches The Fiber Engine FX Series Systems with 10X Increase in Output
FibeRio Technology Corporation announces today the launch of its new generation of Forcespinning equipment specifically designed to meet the production needs of fine fiber media producers and converters.
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8:12 AM | Protein-engineered cages aid studies of cell functions
Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have engineered protein cages for delivering an important signalling molecule, carbon monoxide, into cells.
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8:04 AM | Scientists get to the heart of fool's gold as a solar material
Theoretically, iron pyrite could do the job, but when it works at all, the conversion efficiency remains frustratingly low. Now, a research team explains why that is, in a discovery that suggests how improvements in this promising material could lead to inexpensive yet efficient solar cells.
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7:56 AM | Study suggests light may be skewing lab tests on nanoparticles' health effects
It turns out that previous tests indicating that some nanoparticles can damage our DNA may have been skewed by inadvertent light exposure in the lab.
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7:39 AM | Lighting up tumors with fluorescent nanoprobes
A fluorescent nanoprobe could become a universal, noninvasive method to identify and monitor tumors.
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7:34 AM | A hollow promise for better batteries
Flat, diamond-shaped plates of lithium iron phosphate improve discharge voltages.

November 18, 2014

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8:16 PM | Trial Drugs for Treatment of the Ebola Virus
The current ebola virus epidemic in West Africa has dominated the news in recent months, and in the past week, several medical organisations have announced their intention to commence trials with possible treatments for the virus in the coming months. Two of these treatments are the anti-viral drugs brincidofovir and favipiravir, chosen due to some promising […]
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6:37 PM | Nanodiamond field-emission plug-and-play solution for microwave electron guns
To simplify the electron emission mechanism involved in microwave electron guns, a team of researchers has created and demonstrated a field-emission plug-and-play solution based on ultrananocrystalline diamond.
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5:15 PM | 8 Facts about Coconut Water
Follow my blog with BloglovinThe increasingly popular drink, coconut water, is getting good reviews for its elixir-like health benefits and its hydrating properties so what is there to know about coconut water…1) Coconut water is rich …in antioxidants and ions such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium and vitamins B6, C, and E, as well as vitamin K, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, and folate.2) Coconut water is rich in […]
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4:45 PM | Researchers develop new acoustic sensor for chemical and biological detection
Testing for ovarian cancer or the presence of a particular chemical could be almost as simple as distinguishing an F sharp from a B flat, thanks to a new microscopic acoustic device that has been dramatically improved.
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4:28 PM | Scientists X-ray nanoscale organelles of bacteria
X-ray laser imaging method successfully tested on nanoscale biological samples.
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4:28 PM | Anyone give the Rheo Thing some help?
He's looking for a new position. Go over there, see if you can help him out. 
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4:25 PM | Daily Pump Trap: 11/18/14 edition
Good morning! A few of the positions posted on the C&EN Jobs website:Wever, IA: I always highlight bench chemistry positions in rather obscure places because it's a fun story. I feel like I should give it a tagline or something. Today's entry is the Iowa Fertilizer Company, who is looking for a lab chemist for its new fertilizer plant:Iowa Fertilizer Company seeks those who are looking for a challenging career with a new company at a large, new facility which is poised to change the face of […]
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4:16 PM | New model clarifies photoexcited thin-film lattice dynamics
No comprehensive study has yet been carried out to characterize the photoexcited lattice dynamics of an opaque thin film on a semi-infinite transparent substrate. As a result, ultrafast X-ray diffraction data for such samples can be challenging to interpret. Now a new study builds a model to help interpret such data.
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4:12 PM | Micro-actuators fabricated with microscopic 3D printing technology
Researchers have developed improved forms of tiny magnetic actuators thanks to new materials and a microscopic 3D printing technology.
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4:04 PM | Ivory Filter Flask: 11/18/14 edition
A few of the academically-related positions on the C&EN Jobs website:Terre Haute, IN: Indiana State University is seeking an assistant professor of organic chemistry. Deadline is January 5, 2015.Charlotte, NC: UNC - Charlotte desires an assistant professor of nanoscale chemistry, which is a new, interesting title.Bay City, MI: Delta College seeks a M.S. chemist for a position as a chemistry instructor; starts at 48k -- not bad.Conway, SC: Coastal Carolina University is looking for an […]
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3:24 PM | Bacteria decides if you’ll be fat or thin
Some people can’t lose weight and some people can’t put it on and I’m one of those people that people hate because I can eat whatever I want without gaining a pound whilst my friends find it extremely difficult to lose weight and all that is because we have different metabolisms to each other. It’s also a well known fact that we get our looks from our parents so it won’t be a surprise if I tell you that we also inherit our weight from our parents too.  The […]
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3:21 PM | Wait, you lost this too?
This appears to be the week to lose things. I lost my job, the only known sample of ε-polypropylene was lost and now the world's smallest 3D-sculptures are lost too. Granted, these sculptures would be pretty easy to lose. Take a look at one:There are additional pictures in the linked article.These sculptures were made with 2-photon absorption photochemistry, although the details are sadly lacking in the report. You start with a volume of photoreactive monomers such as an acrylate. UV […]
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2:00 PM | Using Nano/Micromachines to Help Clean Up Oil Spills
One of the largest oil spills in recent history happened in April 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank, resulting in the blowout of the Macondo well located approximately 66 km off the Louisiana coast. Oil spills, or the accidental release of liquid petroleum into the environment, […]
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1:28 PM | Remotely controlled magnetic nanoparticles stimulate stem cells to regenerate bones
Researchers in bone tissue regeneration believe they have made a significant breakthrough for sufferers of bone trauma, disease or defects such as osteoporosis.
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12:30 PM | More discussion on the U Minnesota azide explosion
We’ve had blog post the first (“Explosion i […]Related Posts:More details on the University of Minnesota explosion and…Explosion injures University of Minnesota graduate studentDow and Minnesota team up on safetyExplosion during phosphine prepThe University of Minnesota shows off its safety culture
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11:44 AM | Video: Deionised Water
Deionised water (or deionized water) is one of the most common raw ingredients in chemical applications. We made a video to explain how we manufacture deionised water and give a clearer insight into the processes it goes through in our ReAgent factory in Cheshire. In the following video I speak about how my company, ReAgent, [...]
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10:24 AM | Novel nanoparticles that can simultaneously perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and fluorescent imaging
MIT chemists have developed new nanoparticles that can simultaneously perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and fluorescent imaging in living animals. Such particles could help scientists to track specific molecules produced in the body, monitor a tumor?s environment, or determine whether drugs have successfully reached their targets.
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10:05 AM | Perpetuus Carbon Group and G24 Power Team Up For Graphene-enabled Industrial Components
Tie-up will produce graphene enabled components for industrial applications in areas such as energy and transport to be showcased at this week?s IDtechEx Graphene Live! event.
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