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September 10, 2014

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2:00 PM | How skin falls apart: Nanorobotic investigation reveals pathology of autoimmune skin disease
Researchers studying a rare, blistering disease have discovered new details of how autoantibodies destroy healthy cells in skin.
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1:32 PM | Poster Sessions - Hey, My Eyes Are Over Here
Today and tomorrow are my companies annual internal poster session, so lab work will be down to zero as I will be presenting for both days. It is quite an exhausting experience, especially for a natural introvert like myself. But if you see me at the show, you would never guess I'm like that.My attitude towards poster sessions has changed over the decades. At first I was trying to put as much information and words and data and graphs as possible on the paper, although I did know enough to […]
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12:30 PM | Unintended consequences: Exploding pianos
From Periodic Videos, an old story about pianos, theatr […]Related Posts:Reacting chromium trioxide with ethanolWhat is the most dangerous chemical you’ve handled?Lessons learned videos from Cornell on PPE and transporting…My favorite toxic chemical is: Osmium (and its tetroxide)Safety videos, courtesy of a department contest
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10:51 AM | Bill Gates' Chem Secret
*Update - I see CJ beat me to it!Buried deep within a recent NY Times Magazine article, a humbling reminder that not all knowledge comes easily to billionaire tech scions:source: Microsoft"Without prompting, [Bill Gates] recounted getting a bad grade in an eighth-grade geography course (“They paired me up with a moron, and I realized these people thought I was stupid, and it really pissed me off!”) and the only C-plus he ever received, in organic chemistry, at Harvard […]
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10:12 AM | 2014 LEGO2NANO launches
LEGO2NANO returns with a new challenge for young scientists from China and the UK.
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10:04 AM | Waveguide-integrated graphene photodetector simultaneously exhibits high responsivity, high speed and broad spectral bandwidth
Using a metal-doped graphene junction coupled evanescently to the waveguide, the detector achieves a photoresponsivity exceeding 0.1 A/W together with a nearly uniform response between 1,450 nm and 1,590 nm.
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9:32 AM | Combining antibodies, iron nanoparticles and magnets steers stem cells to injured organs
Researchers infused antibody-studded iron nanoparticles into the bloodstream to treat heart attack damage. The combined nanoparticle enabled precise localization of the body's own stem cells to the injured heart muscle.
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8:26 AM | New method to detect prize particle for future quantum computing
Scientists uncover a new method to detect Majorana particles, a key element for a next-generation quantum computing platform.
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7:52 AM | A review about resistless nanofabrication by stencil lithography
This review on stencil lithography focuses on the particular interest and challenges when applying it to the scalable fabrication of nanoscale devices.
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7:45 AM | Zyvex And OCSiAl Terminate Acquisition Plan
Zyvex Technologies and OCSiAl today announced that a previously reported acquisition has been terminated.
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7:31 AM | NSF grant supports high-yield synthesis of nanorods
Ounce for ounce, gold nanorods that are commercially available cost about 7,000 times more than bulk gold, but that may change, thanks to an award-winning research program in the laboratory of Rice University chemist Eugene Zubarev.
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7:23 AM | Nanomedicine inventor awarded $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize
MIT's Sangeeta Bhatia combines clinical and engineering perspectives to tackle complex health challenges.
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7:17 AM | Industrial waste converted in nanocomposite coating for aircraft turbines
Engineers have developed nanostructured coatings capable of withstanding temperatures exceeding 1000 degrees Celsius, which are used in aviation turbine components.
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5:41 AM | Molecular self-assembly controls graphene-edge configuration
Scientists have discovered a new bottom-up fabrication method that produces defect-free graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) with periodic zigzag-edge regions. This method, which controls GNR growth direction and length distribution, is a stepping stone towards future graphene-device fabrication by self-assembly.
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5:27 AM | Electroluminescence from a single polymer chain
Researchers have succeeded in detection and spectral characterization of electroluminescence (EL) emission from single polyfluorene chains. This first report on detection of EL from one chain of a conjugated polymer was made possible by isolating individual polyfluorene chains in vertical cylinders of a phase-separated block copolymer.
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5:22 AM | Microfluidics - Mixing through oscillations
A tiny device produces oscillatory flows that enhance the mixing of viscous fluids for chemical reactions.
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5:18 AM | Lab on a breathing chip
Human nasal epithelial cells, cultured on a microchip, react to air pollutants just like they would in the upper airway.
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5:15 AM | Self-cleaning surfaces - The importance of a single groove (w/video)
An innovative algorithm exposes the energy pathways that cause super-repellent surfaces to stop working.
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5:10 AM | Graphene gets a cousin in the shape of germanene
A team of European researchers has become one of the first groups to successfully synthesize the 2D material germanene.

September 09, 2014

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8:00 PM | Hidden evolution: How the mammoth kept its cool
Last weekend I went to see an exhibition on mammoths in the Natural History Museum in London (unfortunately now closed). The descriptions and posters did a very good job of explaining our current knowledge of mammoths and how that knowledge … Continue reading →
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7:38 PM | Silicene research challenges the limitations of nanotechnology
Exploring the next generation of computing materials.
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6:51 PM | Two-dimensional electron liquids
Using an overlying bath of ionic liquid, a piece of superconductor - divided by an insulating strip - supports narrow tunnels which permit currents to flow between.
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5:55 PM | Macro funds for nanomaterials
Akron researcher reaches $10 million mark in research funding.
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5:13 PM | Applications for the RUSNANOPRIZE indications for technological breakthroughs
The Expert Group of the RUSNANOPRIZE International Nanotechnology Prize has started evaluating the 2014 applications. Winners of the Prize will be announced on October 15, 2014 in Moscow.
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5:00 PM | In practice, though, we might not.
I'd love to know what translation error led to this little booboo. I presume it's "as a principle". 
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3:43 PM | 'Solid' light could compute previously unsolvable problems
Researchers have begun crystallizing light as part of an effort to answer fundamental questions about the physics of matter. As part of an effort to develop exotic materials such as room-temperature superconductors, the researchers have locked together photons, the basic element of light, so that they become fixed in place.
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3:40 PM | Professors, retirement and marriages
In this week's C&EN, a worthwhile article by Linda Wang on emeritus professors and their transitions, specifically Ed Vedejs, Al Padwa and Nancy Mills. It contained a very interesting (and unintentional, I suspect) contrast of marriages of the professors:Nancy S. Mills, who will retire next year from Trinity University, a predominantly undergraduate institution in San Antonio, says she’s so busy finishing up her research projects that she hasn’t had time to think about shutting […]
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3:30 PM | Flexible high-performance FinFETs with a bending radius of 0.5 mm
The flexibility required when fabricating flexible electronic components has led to the use of plastic substrates and different transfer techniques to fabricate flexible devices. However, one of the biggest obstacles to mass adoption of flexible electronics has been the incompatibility with industry's state-of-the-art silicon-based CMOS processes. Researchers have now developed a new process that can be used to reduce the thickness of the silicon substrate until the required flexibility is […]
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3:15 PM | This week's C&EN
Lots of interesting articles in this week's C&EN, too: The White House has requested a safety stand-down due to the loose pathogen messes at CDC, NIH and FDA. Surely, National Lab Cleanup Day cannot be far behind -- wouldn't it be awesome for the President to come down, put on some PPE and clean out a cabinet or two? (article by Jyllian Kemsley)This trifluoromethanide structure sounds pretty important (article by Stephen Ritter)Lisa Jarvis covers the financial aspects of the ALS ice […]
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2:47 PM | NanoViricides Reports Further Progress on its Ebola Drug Development Program
The Company has designed novel anti-Ebola broad-spectrum drug candidates that are expected to continue to work in spite of mutations, and has commenced synthesis of the same.
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