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July 24, 2014

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7:24 PM | Novel combination of microscopy and data processing reveals new characteristics of complex oxide surfaces
A novel combination of microscopy and data processing has given researchers an unprecedented look at the surface of a material known for its unusual physical and electrochemical properties.
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6:23 PM | New nanoscale imaging agent provides better picture of the gut
Scientists have developed a new nanoscale agent for imaging the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This safe, noninvasive method for assessing the function and properties of the GI tract in real time could lead to better diagnosis and treatment of gut diseases.
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6:17 PM | Self-assembly - New approach to form non-equilibrium structures
By injecting energy through oscillations, Northwestern University researchers can force particles to self assemble under non-equilibrium conditions.
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3:22 PM | Journal cover art that will brighten your day
Guest post from Tom Branson After browsing the recent chemical literature, I have finally found enlightenment. I have quite simply been left in a trance after witnessing a recent cover from Chemical Society Reviews. A colour explosion There’s so much colour in this image I just don’t know where to begin. So let’s start by [...]
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3:00 PM | Meet our guest bloggers – Tom Branson
I recently completed my PhD at The University of Leeds where I was investigating protein-carbohydrate interactions and protein assembly. I’m a synthetic biologist now working on biomolecular interactions, based in The Netherlands. I also blog about science communication issues and chemistry trivia over at Chemically Cultured. Here at Chemistry World, I will be writing a [...]
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1:55 PM | A new approach to creating organic zeolites
Traditionally, zeolites have been derived from inorganic material like silicon or aluminum. Now, researchers have devised a way to synthesize large-pore crystalline polyimide covalent organic frameworks.
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1:17 PM | Silicene Labs Announces the Launch of 2D Materials Briefing Book and 2D Materials Road-Heat Map
Silicene Labs, LLC, a pioneer in business-related research on nanomaterials, has created the definitive guide on two-dimensional (2D) materials for business, technology, and investment professionals - the 2D Materials Briefing Book.
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1:12 PM | Cost-effective, solvothermal synthesis of heteroatom (S or N)-doped graphene
Researchers have developed cost-effective technology to synthesize sulfur-doped and nitrogen-doped graphenes which can be applied as high performance electrodes for secondary batteries and fuel cells.
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12:28 PM | Graphene and related materials promise cheap, flexible printed cameras
Dr Felice Torrisi, University Lecturer in Graphene Technology, has been awarded a Young International Researchers' Fellowship from the National Science Foundation of China to look at how graphene and two-dimensional materials could enable printed and flexible eyes.
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12:22 PM | Unleashing the power of quantum dot triplets
Another step towards faster computers relies on three coherently coupled quantum dots used as quantum information units.
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12:11 PM | Nano Utica Initiative announces major development step
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a Section 404 permit for the Marcy Nanocenter site, enabling the next phase of the Nano Utica initiative. This includes the construction of a 450 MM enabled wafer fabrication campus.
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9:45 AM | Lithium-doped graphene approaches the limits of transparency and conductivity
Transparent conductive coatings pervade modern technology. They are a critical component of optoelectronic devices such as smartphone and tablet displays as well as solar cells. The search for novel transparent electrode materials with good stability, high transparency and excellent conductivity is driven by the required trade-off between transparency and conductivity. In new work, researchers now have simultaneously increased the conductivity and transparency of ultra thin graphite by lithium […]
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9:32 AM | Quenching the world's water and energy crises, one tiny droplet at a time
In pursuit of beetle biomimicry, nano engineers develop new, textured materials to trap and channel small amounts of liquid.

July 23, 2014

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11:14 PM | "Cantrill-ing" Hits the NY Times
Apparently, U.S. Senator John Walsh has been accused of plagiarising a final assignment for his Master's degree. And how did the New York Times cover this story? Why, by literally "cantrilling" the paper!Source: NY TimesRemember us all when you're famous, Stu.
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8:15 PM | On the hook: A new pipette to capture single cells
Seeking out individuals from a crowd has become increasingly important for biologists interested in single-cell analyses. Studies on individual cells allow scientists to understand processes that happen within this basic unit of life that often get masked by approaches that analyze groups of cells. But there is “one very basic problem — how can one precisely […]
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6:38 PM | The birth of topological spintronics
The discovery of a new material combination that could lead to a more efficient approach to computer memory and logic is the first promising indication that it may be possible to build a practical technology with a novel material known as a 'topological insulator'. The research team's results show that such a scheme can be 10 times more efficient for controlling magnetic memory or logic than any other combination of materials measured to date.
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6:08 PM | University nanotechnology spinout developing revolutionary battery technology
A UCF spinout company is at the forefront of perfecting specialized nanotechnology designed to extend the longevity of batteries and superconductors. Batteries will be lighter, stay charged longer and need to be replaced less frequently - and that's a win for our smart phones and our environment.
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4:55 PM | National Nanotechnology Coordination Office announces 2014 NNI EHS Progress Review webinar
The NNCO is now accepting questions related to the 'Progress Review on the Coordinated Implementation of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) 2011 Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy'
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3:24 PM | The Computational Chemist said...what?
So I like cruising around Reddit.com's subreddit on chemistry from time to time because it's a generally useful place for seeing others' work, help out aspiring academics, and generally have a place to get extra help on advanced chemistry techniques. The atmosphere around there is full of polite, like-minded individuals all looking to have a good time in their field.But sometimes people get a little too helpful, and step outside their comfort zone.I took this little screen grab from a […]
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3:10 PM | Summer senryu
Busy today, but I thought I would write a few senryu:Summer undergradCan't work the rotovap yetHope they will learn soon Project reports suckI hate doing them so muchMaybe beer will helpManagement cites litPretty sure it doesn't meanWhat you think it doesAnother meetingBlah blah blah blah blah blah blahPlease let's have one more
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2:59 PM | Valentis Nanotech Signs MOU to Integrate Technology in Thermoplastics Production
Valentis's technology combines nanocrystalline cellulose, a biodegradable, transparent material made from plant pulp waste, with additional nanoparticles to produce highly improved polymeric films.
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2:55 PM | Groundbreaking nanosensor detects miniscule concentrations of hazardous materials in the air
Security forces worldwide rely on sophisticated equipment, trained personnel, and detection dogs to safeguard airports and other public areas against terrorist attacks. A revolutionary new electronic chip with nano-sized chemical sensors is about to make their job much easier.
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1:14 PM | A crystal wedding in the nanocosmos
Researchers have succeeded in embedding nearly perfect semiconductor crystals into a silicon nanowire.
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9:28 AM | What is Acetic Acid?
Acetic acid – also known as ethanoic acid – is an organic compound with the formula CH3COOH. Roughly about 4 to 8% by volume in vinegar – giving it its characteristic pungent smell and sour taste – is the most common ingredient in this condiment after water. On the other extreme, when used undiluted (anhydrous) [...]
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8:52 AM | Microfluidics and nanofluidics research address global challenges (w/video)
Studies on fluid flow at the molecular level have uncovered important data about fluid's unique behavior, and has led to the development of new technologies that can potentially solve some of the world's most pressing issues.
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8:47 AM | A*STAR and industry form S$200m Semiconductor R+D Joint Labs
Public-Private Partnership to drive innovative solutions for complex micro chip manufacturing.
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8:34 AM | Breakthrough method for studying catalyst dynamics under actual operating conditions
The process uses a technique called high-resolution electron microscopy to monitor changes in the catalyst structure during the catalytic process. Unlike conventional electron microscopy, which has considerable pressure and temperature limitations, this new technique allows scientists to view these reactions under real-life conditions.
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8:20 AM | Centre for Green Nanotechnology launched in South Africa
The establishment of the University of the Western Cape's Centre for Green Nanotechnology was made a reality through a positive partnership between the University of Missouri (UM) ?and UWC that has spanned approximately 30 years.
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8:11 AM | Researchers succeed in measuring Poisson's Ratio of individual metal nanowires
Breakthrough will have significant impact on development of flexible electronics.
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7:37 AM | Kopplung von Biochips und Neuro-Implantaten
Form und Groesse von 3D-Nanoelektroden beeinflusst Zellkontakt.
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