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December 09, 2014

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4:04 PM | Daily Pump Trap: 12/9/14 edition
A few of the postings from this week's C&EN Jobs:Baton Rouge, LA: Albemarle is looking for an entry-level Ph.D. NMR spectroscopist. Not every day that you see that.Rolla, MO: Brewer Science, searching for a B.S.-level senior research associate.San Francisco Bay area: I think this Bolt Threads engineering job sounds pretty interesting. Why it is at C&EN Jobs is beyond me, though.More engineering positions: Myriant is located in Lake Providence, Louisiana. Looks like they're hiring […]
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3:35 PM | Academic job posting open thread
I got a request for a "academic job hunt" thread recently, so I thought I would give it a try.So, if you're giving a talk somewhere and feel like telling other people how it went and for people to keep track of who has received an offer, etc., feel free to use this post's comments.I strongly suggest to those who want to do such a thing to be very careful about providing too much detail. I also suggest that if you decide that you want to mention the fact that you gave a talk at a moderately […]
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3:22 PM | Nanorobots can play nanosoccer and a whole lot more
In the excitement of the FIFA World Cup last summer, I found myself asking, “does soccer relate to nanotechnology in any way?” After doing some research, my honest answer is, not really. However, while doing my research, I did discover that researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology are playing “nano soccer games” to […]
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3:21 PM | Ivory Filter Flask: 12/9/14 edition
A variety of the academically-related posts on C&EN Jobs:Athens, TN: Tennessee Wesleyan College is looking for an assistant/associate professor of chemistry. Chance to develop a forensic chemistry course, looks like.Brooklyn, NY: Long Island University - Brooklyn is searching for an assistant professor of inorganic or analytical chemistry.Hong Kong, China: The Chinese University of Hong Kong is searching for a Ph.D. theoretical chemist to be an assistant professor. "A working knowledge […]
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2:39 PM | Moving toward a cheaper, better catalyst for hydrogen production
Researchers have long viewed molybdenum sulfide (MoS2) as a promising, much cheaper alternative to platinum. The drawback is that MoS2's catalytic performance is far worse than platinum?s. To get around that problem, researchers have been trying to find ways to improve MoS2's catalytic performance. And now they may be on to something.
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2:29 PM | Thermotherapy for pain management with a smart thermal patch
Advanced health monitoring systems and healthcare devices will become an integral part of the Internet of Things. As a harbinger of things to come, nanotechnology researchers have now demonstrated a smart thermal patch which can be used for thermotherapy for pain management in a user interactive way. To fabricate the device, the researchers used CMOS technology to devise a silicon based smart thermal patch which is flexible and stretchable.
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2:21 PM | Nanoplasmonic technique could harvest more of the sun's energy
The photovoltaic cells now used to turn sunlight into electricity can only absorb and use a small fraction of that light, and that means a significant amount of solar energy goes untapped. A new technology represents a first step toward harnessing that lost energy.
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2:04 PM | Turning biological cells to stone improves cancer and stem cell research
'Zombie' method also hardens biostructures for mass production.
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1:10 PM | Automotive Lithium-Ion Batteries
Recently lithium-ion batteries have started to be used in a number of automotive passenger car applications. This paper will review these applications and compare the requirements of the applications with the capabilities of the lithium-ion chemistries that are actually being used. The gaps between these requirements and capabilities will be highlighted and future developments that may be able to fill these gaps will be discussed. It is concluded that while improvements to the lithium-ion cell […]
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12:30 PM | Typo may have led to radioactive material leak
On Feb. 14, radioactive material leaked from the Waste […]Related Posts:Reactive material release in nuclear waste facility possiblyFree chemical health and safety journal articlesA caution on procedures in organic synthesis journalsBeware drying nitrate-containing protic ionic liquidsFriday chemical safety round-up
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11:56 AM | Nanocomposite materials can be designed in a supercomputer virtual lab
The 'virtual lab' developed using supercomputer simulations greatly improves scientists' understanding of how composite materials are built on a molecular level.
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11:27 AM | How many atoms does it take to predict the thermal expansion of liquid metals?
The objective of this paper is to explore the relationship between atomic structure and thermal expansion, to study if the thermal expansion coefficient can be predicted in atomic scale and to find how many atoms are sufficient to perform this prediction.
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8:47 AM | Weight-Loss Surgery Cures Diabetes
Diabetes is a very difficult condition to live with, it constricts your lifestyle, eating choices and almost every thought you have is about your blood sugar levels. An additional problem is if you’re diabetic and overweight. It’s recommended to keep your weight in the healthy weight range as recommended by the NHS, however this is not the case with certain diabetes patients. Bariatric surgery (weight-loss surgery) is an operation that is recommended for diabetic patients […]
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8:01 AM | Simulationen im Quantenlabor
Die Möglichkeiten des Nachstellens hochkomplexer Vorgänge auf der atomaren Ebene mithilfe von genau kontrollierbaren Quantensystemen erforscht eine internationale Forschungsgruppe unter Beteiligung der Freien Universität Berlin.
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7:49 AM | Nanotechnology against malaria parasites
Researchers have developed so-called nanomimics of host cell membranes that trick the parasites. This could lead to novel treatment and vaccination strategies in the fight against malaria and other infectious diseases.

December 08, 2014

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9:10 PM | NanoENO proof-of-concept project develops nanoscale imaging agent
A new fluorescence-imaging agent that could significantly increase surgeons' accuracy when removing cancerous tumors.
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7:31 PM | Nanopore technique could revolutionize genomic sequencing of drug-resistant bacteria
New technology (the size of a USB memory stick) could revolutionize genomic sequencing of drug-resistant bacteria. Researchers proved the utility of the new device by successfully mapping multi-drug resistance genes in a Typhoid-causing strain of bacteria - which has recently emerged globally. They say that the technology could enable bacterial identification, diagnosis of infectious diseases and detection of drug-resistance at the point of clinical need.
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7:24 PM | Detecting gases wirelessly and cheaply (w/video)
New sensor can transmit information on hazardous chemicals or food spoilage to a smartphone.
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7:17 PM | Ultrafast complex molecular simulations by 'cutting up molecules'
Scientists have developed an ultrafast quantum chemical method, which allows rapid and accurate simulations of complex molecular systems consisting of thousands of molecules.
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7:14 PM | Injectable 3D nano-vaccines could fight cancer and infectious diseases
New findings show programmable biomaterials can be delivered using needle injection to induce an immune response and fight deadly diseases.
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7:14 PM | Solid-state proteins maximize the intensity of fluorescent-protein-based lasers
The same research team that developed the first laser based on a living cell has shown that use of fluorescent proteins in a solid form rather than in solution greatly increases the intensity of light produced, an accomplishment that takes advantage of natural protein structures surrounding the light-emitting portions of the protein molecules.
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6:43 PM | The Art of Advertising!
The Art of Advertising!: othmeralia: Our library intern discovered several advertisements in the familiar style of Dr. Seuss. Indeed, Theodor Geisel began his career in advertising. From the January and February 1942 issues of Tech Engineering News: The full advertisements [shown below] were created for New Departure,… Our colleagues at Othmeralia also found examples of Dr. Seuss’s advertising days in the Othmer Library at CHF.
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6:43 PM | The Art of Advertising!
The Art of Advertising!: othmeralia: Our library intern discovered several advertisements in the familiar style of Dr. Seuss. Indeed, Theodor Geisel began his career in advertising. From the January and February 1942 issues of Tech Engineering News: The full advertisements [shown below] were created for New Departure,… Our colleagues at Othmeralia also found examples of Dr. Seuss’s advertising days in the Othmer Library at CHF.
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6:42 PM | The latest ACS form 990
You still don't get (much) money for being a board member, I see. The latest ACS form 990. More notable for the lack of top compensation for the editor-in-chief of C&EN.Healthy looking compensation, I see. The particulars of ACS pay. 
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4:41 PM | This week's C&EN
A variety of the many interesting articles in C&EN this week:Lots of personnel shifts at ACS in C&EN this week: The new ACS executive director will be Thomas Connelly, a DuPont executive with a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. No real news as to his strategic direction. Madeleine Jacobs reflects with Rudy Baum about her career at ACS. The new editor-in-chief, Bibiana Campos Seijo, has her first column. No mention of climate change yet. (that's a […]
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3:23 PM | Biomimetic dew harvesters
Understanding how a desert beetle harvests water from dew could improve drinking water collection in dew condensers.
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2:00 PM | How Fancy Labels Fool Us: The Neuroscience Behind Bias
By: Caitlin Millett, 3rd year PhD candidate in the Neuroscience Graduate Program The holiday season is fast approaching, and that means it’s time for gift buying. With each passing season, finding the perfect gift for loved ones seems to become more and more difficult—a phenomenon not unrelated to the seemingly exponential growth in buying options each year. So…
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1:17 PM | Nanoparticle cluster manufacturing technique using DNA binding protein developed
Scientists have used the zinc finger protein to develop a new manufacturing technique for size-controllable magnetic nanoparticle clusters.
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11:02 AM | Landmark discovery in gold nanorod instability
Scientists have discovered an instability in gold nanoparticles that is critical for their application in future technology.
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10:44 AM | OCSiAl Starts Selling Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes and SWCNT-Based Modifiers Online
OCSiAl launches online store for nanoadditives.
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