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October 22, 2014

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3:19 PM | Month-long 'NANOvember' series of outreach and educational events
The month-long NANOvember celebration will showcase New York State's pioneering nanotechnology-based ecosystem with exciting events in Albany, Utica, and Rochester.
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3:04 PM | Synchronizing mitochondrial metabolism
Mitochondria are fidgeters. That’s what researchers discovered in a recent study. The organelles undergo waves in ATP production. Furthermore, the mitochondria, like synchronized dancers, work in a coordinated fashion. A team at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research report in a paper just out in the journal Cell Reports that mitochondria in the […]
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2:37 PM | Keep Magic Beans in Fairy Tales
In what can only be a stunning upset to the diet and nutrition world, Dr. Oz’s green bean coffee extract was found to maybe, possibly, perhaps not work so well. And by that, I mean the only bit of research supporting his beans is being withdrawn by two of the authors. What’s more is the […]
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2:20 PM | Fogs of War: the Chemical Weapons Podcast
Chemical weapons have played a chilling role in human history ever since they were first used in World War I.  As reports of more recent use continue to cycle through the news, we decided to take a deeper look.  We wanted to understand why chemical weapons were created in the first place, the ethical dilemmas inherent in their use, and the complicated process of getting rid of them. The story begins in Belgium, where reporter Helena de Groot visits a farm in Flanders Fields—the […]
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2:20 PM | Fogs of War: the Chemical Weapons Podcast
Chemical weapons have played a chilling role in human history ever since they were first used in World War I.  As reports of more recent use continue to cycle through the news, we decided to take a deeper look.  We wanted to understand why chemical weapons were created in the first place, the ethical dilemmas inherent in their use, and the complicated process of getting rid of them. The story begins in Belgium, where reporter Helena de Groot visits a farm in Flanders Fields—the […]
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1:09 PM | A Star Wars laser bullet - this is what it really looks like
Tests of a new compact high-power laser have given researchers the opportunity to film the passage of an ultrashort laser pulse through the air. The film shows the journey of a light projectile at an extremely slow rate, similar to that watched on cinema screens by science-fiction aficionados.
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1:00 PM | Skin patch could replace the syringe for disease diagnosis
Drawing blood and testing it is standard practice for many medical diagnostics. As a less painful alternative, scientists are developing skin patches that could one day replace the syringe.
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12:55 PM | Cooling to almost absolute zerowith molecules
An international team of scientists have become the first ever researchers to successfully reach temperatures below minus 272.15 degrees Celsius - only just above absolute zero - using magnetic molecules.
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12:50 PM | Nanoparticle technology triples the production of biogas
Researchers have developed the new BiogasPlus, a technology which allows increasing the production of biogas by 200% with a controlled introduction of iron oxide nanoparticles to the process of organic waste treatment.
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12:40 PM | A new imaging approach for monitoring cell metabolism
Scientists have used a new imaging technique to monitor how glucose, our main energy source, is used in the body. Their findings may have great implications for diseases like diabetes.
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12:34 PM | Sopping up proteins with thermosponge nanoparticle platform
Researchers develop novel nanoparticle platform that proves effective in delivering protein-based drugs.
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11:20 AM | Autumn leaves
Autumn is upon us. The rain is coming, the temperature is dropping and the trees are changing from their summery greens into their autumnal reds and golds.I saw Compound Chem had made a wonderful infographic about the chemicals that produce the brilliant coloured leaves this time of the year and so I sent the link to my Dad, an avid gardener. He then replied to me with a poem, another of his hobbies, that he'd written a few years ago describing the changes to the leaves with a chemical […]
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10:58 AM | Fragments of graphene can speed up the rate of chemical reactions
The new findings suggest that graphene might have potential applications in catalysing chemical reactions of industrial importance.
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10:18 AM | Beneq and DSM Partner to Introduce a Novel Aerosol Deposition Technology For Solar Applications
The two companies are working together developing and commercializing a completely new and superior aerosol deposition technology for AR coatings for solar glass applications.
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8:12 AM | Miniature two-color barcodes have the potential to combat forgery and track cancerous cells
Tiny rod-like single crystals that act as miniature dual-color barcodes have been synthesized by researchers who then demonstrated the potential of these barcodes for two very different applications: anti-counterfeiting measures and cell tracking.
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8:07 AM | Quantum effects bridge the gap between eletronics and plasmonics
Quantum effects in nanometer-scale metallic structures provide a platform for combining molecular electronics and plasmonics.

October 21, 2014

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8:21 PM | Special microscope captures defects in nanotubes
Chemists provide a detailed view of traps that disrupt energy flow, possibly pointing toward improved charge-carrying devices.
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8:17 PM | Nanoscale gas chromatography tool detects vapors in environment or a person's breath
A three-year, $400,369 National Science Foundation grant has been awarded to build a handheld device that could analyze a person's breath to reveal whether certain dangerous gasses are present that need more immediate medical attention.
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8:08 PM | National Chemistry Week: The Chemistry of Candy
It’s currently National Chemistry Week in the US (apparently, we only get National Chemistry Week once every two years here in the UK), and the theme for this year is ‘The Sweet Side of Chemistry’. This seemed like as good an opportunity as any to look at some confectionary chemistry! In this graphic, we look at […]
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4:37 PM | Could I squeeze by you?
Scientists model molecular movement within narrow channels of mesoporous nanoparticles.
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3:51 PM | Super stable garnet ceramics may be ideal for high-energy lithium batteries
Researchers have discovered exceptional properties in a garnet material that could enable development of higher-energy battery designs.
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3:46 PM | Researchers patent a nanofluid that improves heat conductivity
Scientists have developed and patented a nanofluid improving thermal conductivity at temperatures up to 400 C without assuming an increase in costs or a remodeling of the infrastructure. This progress has important applications in sectors such as chemical, petrochemical and energy, thus becoming a useful technology in all industrial applications using heat transfer systems such as solar power plants, nuclear power plants, combined-cycle power plants and heating, among other.
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3:41 PM | Rare earth nanocrystals and infrared light can detect cancer early
A new medical imaging method could help physicians detect cancer and other diseases earlier than before, speeding treatment and reducing the need for invasive, time-consuming biopsies.
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3:39 PM | I've never heard of a "chemistry engineer", Mr. President.
Courtesy of Twitter user @cjt217, I see that the White House (or whichever junior deputy vice associate general special assistant to the President who wrote this letter) has invented a new term for "chemical engineers." Ah, well.(Found in the third or fourth page of the October 13 issue of C&EN.)
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3:24 PM | A guest post by Chad Jones: "4 things you probably already know about grad school but really shouldn't ignore."
CJ's note: Chad wrote this for the blog back when he was defending his dissertation -- he is now Dr. Jones and is working in industry. Soon I'll be defending my dissertation and finishing up my PhD. I also have several friends who are just beginning their graduate career. It’s been a very reflective time for me. I've thought about what advice I would give to those friends just starting grad school (I've also been wondering how helpful that advice would be - after all, I read plenty […]
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3:19 PM | "...however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority"
A reader points out the University of Alberta's interesting "Equal Opportunity" statement for its 3 tenure-track positions for assistant/associate professors in chemistry: "All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of […]
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3:03 PM | Daily Pump Trap: 10/21/14 edition
Not too many industrial positions of late (last 1-2 weeks or so) at C&EN Jobs:Lake Charles, LA: Rain Cii is looking for a B.S. chemist with 5 years experience for a "lab superintendent." (What a grand title!) San Francisco, CA: Oh, man, you've heard of "method" products, right? Check out this description for a "green chef director":Reporting to the Sr. Director of Formulation, a Green Chef is part chemist, part engineer, part innovator and part git-r-done. The Green Chef role is to […]
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2:48 PM | Ivory Filter Flask: 10/21/14 edition
A few of the recent academically-related positions posted on C&EN Jobs:New York, NY: NYU is looking for an assistant professor of physical, biophysical, or inorganic chemistry as part of its Laboratory for Molecular Nanoscience. (I find all of these tiny institutes kind of funny -- what are they supposed to accomplish?)Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan College of Pharmacy's Department of Medicinal Chemistry is searching for an associate professor to join its department.Durham, […]
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1:38 PM | Nobel 2014: What makes super-resolution microscopy so super?
The awarding of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Dr.s Betzig, Hell, and Moerner (my former research mentor) is a tremendous event! It is almost as tremendous as their scientific targets are tiny: they were awarded the prize for super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, a technique for using a light microscope to examine objects as small […]
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1:19 PM | Carbon nanotubes for the next generation of electronics and photovoltaics
Researchers have developed a method to separate nanomaterials by size, therefore providing a consistency in properties otherwise not available. Moreover, the solution came straight from the life sciences - biochemistry, in fact.
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