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September 18, 2014

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3:20 PM | Nanomaterials for Environmental Protection
This book is divided into four main sections thoroughly analyzing the use of nanomaterials for water, air and soil solutions, and emphasizing environmental risks.
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3:05 PM | Nanolane And Innopsys Partner to Provide Complete Tool for Nanopattern Imprint And Analysis
Nanolane announces a commercial partnership with Innopsys concerning the marketing of a combined and complete solution for precise nano-pattern printing and characterization with the InnoStamp 40 microcontact printing and Sarfus Mapping equipments.
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12:53 PM | Sorting water molecules
Not all water is equal - at least not at the molecular level. There are two versions of the water molecule, para and ortho water, in which the spin states of the hydrogen nuclei are different. Researchers have now reported the successful separation of the two forms.
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10:37 AM | The Chemistry of Champagne: The Secret of the Bubbles
For something usually associated with the freedom of celebrations, producing Champagne is actually a highly regulated endeavor. It’s not enough that it needs to come from Champagne in France, but it also needs to follow a strict set of rules and regulations from the planting of the vines to labelling and packaging the final product, not to [...]
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9:52 AM | Deutsche Nanoforschung im Dornröschenschlaf
Von 0 auf 100 und wieder zurück - so lässt sich der Hype um die Nanotechnologie in Deutschland beschreiben. Während die neuen Materialien in asiatischen Ländern nach wie vor intensiv beforscht werden, lässt die Nano-Euphorie in Deutschland nach
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8:37 AM | Did you fake your password?
It’s an evergreen news story in the tech world: the top 25 idiotic passwords we use. Every tech magazine reports it and trumpets our global stupidity in the face of hackers. The articles usually beseech us to think about security, to batten down our virtual hatches, to make sure we use a good strong password […]Did you fake your password? is a post from the science blog of science journalist, photographer and musician David Bradley Subscribe to our Email Newsletter
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8:06 AM | Graphene accelerates the electro-optic response in ferroelectric liquid crystal displays
Ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) display technology holds the promise of fast switching times, a large viewing angle, and high resolution. FLCs have a spontaneous polarization whose direction is perpendicular to the layer. This spontaneous polarization plays an imperative role in the electro-optic switching of FLCs. Researchers have now developed a technique to amplify the spontaneous polarization by doping graphene into FLCs.
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7:48 AM | Point-of-care Tubercolosis test combining nanophotonics and novel selective antibodies
The European Pocket Project will develop a low-cost and accurate point-of-care test to diagnose Tuberculosis.

September 17, 2014

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7:53 PM | NanoMech Raises $12 Million to Fuel Growth And Nanomanufacturing Innovations
Building on continued momentum, NanoMech will use the financing to expand its global reach, invest in additional sales and marketing resources, and increase investment in its nanotechnology platforms, nGlide, TuffTek, and nGuard.
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7:09 PM | Two interesting tidbits from a Vanity Fair article on Ebola
This long article in Vanity Fair about the Ebola outbreak that started in Guinea was quite good. I noticed two interesting factlets that I did not know: M.S.F. also needed to get blood samples to a lab capable of testing for Ebola and other exotic pathogens. To that end, a charter plane was dispatched from Conakry to an airstrip outside Guéckédou. Blood samples with suspected Ebola virus are categorized for transport by a special code, UN 2814, indicating […]
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4:58 PM | Physicists heat freestanding graphene to control curvature of ripples
The finding provides fundamental insight into understanding the influence temperature exerts on the dynamics of freestanding graphene. This may drive future applications of the flexible circuits of consumer devices such as cell phones and digital cameras.
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4:20 PM | Your NSFW typo of the day
Thanks to @fxcoudert, who notes that there is more than one way to spell Hartree-Fock.
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4:19 PM | Warning Letter of the Week: bare hands!
I have a sense that FDA is stepping up its monitoring of pharmacies after the Massachusetts debacle. Here's a recent warning letter that's a bit disturbing: In addition, the investigators observed serious deficiencies in your practices for producing sterile drug products, which put patients at risk.  For example, our inspection found your facility was not physically designed and environmentally controlled to minimize airborne contamination, and the ISO 5 hood was located in an […]
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3:52 PM | Oxides discovered by nanotechnology researchers could advance memory devices
The quest for the ultimate memory device for computing may have just taken an encouraging step forward: Researchers have discovered new complex oxides that exhibit both magnetic and ferroelectric properties.
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1:58 PM | Artificial 'beaks' that collect water from fog: A drought solution?
From the most parched areas of Saudi Arabia to water-scarce areas of the western US, the idea of harvesting fog for water is catching on. Now, a novel approach to this process could help meet affected communities' needs for the life-essential resource.
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1:54 PM | Toward making lithium-sulfur batteries a commercial reality for a bigger energy punch
A fevered search for the next great high-energy, rechargeable battery technology is on. Scientists are now reporting they have overcome key obstacles toward making lithium-sulfur batteries, which have the potential to leave today's lithium-ion technology in the dust.
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1:50 PM | Nanotechnology makes your wine better
Researchers have developed a nanosensor that can mimic what happens in your mouth when you drink wine.
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12:52 PM | Guess I won't apply for this job
I am not looking for a job but that doesn't mean that I don't receive an endless stream of emails from recruiters on LinkedIn [*]. A recent one came with this beautiful snippet:"An Edisonian approach of trial & error, will not work for this role... this opportunity requires the ability to use theoretical modeling skills, fundamental / first principles knowledge, and deep understanding of polymer chemistry, in order to provide innovative solutions."This is scary. That an employer would have […]
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12:30 PM | Denver student hit in chest with jet of flaming methanol
New incident, same message: Don’t pour alcohol anywhere […]Related Posts:Tornado simulation results in methanol fire, children burnedCSB warns against using methanol in classroom or lab demosPerforming the ‘rainbow’ flame test demo safelyLab safety is critical in high school, tooReport released on New York high school fire
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11:37 AM | Nanoparticle photocatalysts help turn raw materials into ingredients for every day life
QUT scientist Dr Sarina Sarina, who achieved outstanding progress in driving this energy intensive chemical production process at ambient temperature using light instead of fossil fuels, has won the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt fellowship at the famous Max Planck Institute in Berlin.
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11:07 AM | What is Hydrogen Peroxide?
Two men walk into a bar and both ask for a glass of water. Strangely, the second man dies after consuming his beverage! How to solve this apparently impossible conundrum? It’s not so strange if you know that, as the second man asked for H2O too, he was actually drinking quite a dangerous chemical: hydrogen [...]
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9:59 AM | Using liquid inks to create better solar cells
Solar cell film made from kesterite or perovskite absorbs energy more efficiently and is cheaper to manufacture.
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9:54 AM | Twisted graphene chills out
When two sheets of graphene are stacked in a special way, it is possible to cool down the graphene with a laser instead of heating it up, researchers have shown.
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9:06 AM | Toward optical chips with MoS2 light emitters
A promising light source for optoelectronic chips can be tuned to different frequencies.
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9:00 AM | Recruiting bacteria to be technology innovation partners
For most people biofilms conjure up images of slippery stones in a streambed and dirty drains. While there are plenty of 'bad' biofilms around, researchers see biofilms as a robust new platform for designer nanomaterials that could clean up polluted rivers, manufacture pharmaceutical products, fabricate new textiles, and more.
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8:52 AM | Scientists determine factors that give tubes their chiral angles
Researchers have come up with the seed of a simple formula that describes why nanotubes have chirality.
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5:33 AM | New process allows fully additive roll-to-roll printing of flexible electrochromic devices
Electrochromic devices are some of the most attractive candidates for paper-like displays, so called electronic paper, which will be the next generation display. Researchers have now demonstrated solid state flexible polymer based electrochromic devices are fabricated continuously by stacking layers in one direction. This novel bottom-up approach with no need for a lamination step enables fully printed and 2D patterned organic electrochromics.
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5:18 AM | 'Smart material' chin strap harvests energy from chewing
It is hoped that the device can generate electricity from eating, chewing and talking, and power a number of small-scale implantable or wearable electronic devices, such as hearing aids, cochlear implants, electronic hearing protectors and communication devices.
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2:56 AM | Happy Birthday to the man who found life slipping away from his fingers
“In my quest for the secret of life I started my research in histology. Unsatisfied by the information that cellular morphology could give me about life, I turned to physiology. Finding physiology too complex, I took up pharmacology. Still finding the situation too complicated, I turned to bacteriology. But bacteria were even too complex, so I descended to the molecular level, studying chemistry and physical chemistry. After twenty years' work, I was led to conclude that to understand […]

September 16, 2014

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6:32 PM | Oooops: NPR's non-research jobs link is dead
What I got when I clicked on NPR's link for Ph.D. workin "other fields."NPR's Richard Harris is doing a pretty great series on the difficulties of biomedical researchers. (The second link features an assistant professor-turned-grocer - yikes!) In today's segment, he goes over the travails of biomedical postdoctoral fellows, talking to 3 postdocs, all of which are trying to find tenure-track positions unsuccessfully. And then there's this little paragraph:There actually are jobs – in […]
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