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April 02, 2014

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9:31 AM | The only reason zebras have stripes is to ward off flies
Written with Angela White. Zebras’ stripes have baffled biologists since Charles Darwin. Many hypotheses have been proposed regarding their purpose...
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9:31 AM | The only reason zebras have stripes is to ward off flies
Written with Angela White. Zebras’ stripes have baffled biologists since Charles Darwin. Many hypotheses have been proposed regarding their purpose...
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9:25 AM | New synthesis method of materials for organic thin-film solar cells developed
Researchers have developed a new synthesis method of materials for organic thin-film solar cells and succeeded in obtaining high-purity materials in a simple and easy manner.
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9:17 AM | Bio-inspired experimental nanomaterials
A new study sets out to explore the potential of three categories of bio-inspired materials, namely, adhesives, anti-adhesives, and materials designed to offer exceptional characteristics - particularly in terms of their strength-to-weight ratio.
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8:59 AM | Nano - Wie winzige Technik unser Leben verändert
Mit seinem Buch lichtet der Physiker und Wissenschaftsjournalist Christian Meier den Nebel und zeichnet ein aktuelles und realistisches Bild über die Chancen und Gefahren der Nanotechnologien.
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8:39 AM | Smallest DNA origami nanorobot yet has a switchable flap
Not to be confused with the nanorobots of science fiction, for medical nanotechnology researchers a nanorobot, or nanobot, is a popular term for molecules with a unique property that enables them to be programmed to carry out a specific task. In what is the smallest 3D DNA origami box so far, researchers in Italy have now fabricated a nanorobot with a switchable flap that, when instructed with a freely defined molecular message, can perform a specifically programmed duty. Slightly larger […]
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7:31 AM | More energy from biomass with the right (nano)catalyst
Fundamental research shows that the production of hydrogen, derived from for example biomass, can in principle be much more efficient.
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7:26 AM | Win £15,000 to develop your original project raising attainment in science!
Have you got a brilliant idea for teaching science? If so, you could win  up to £15,000 to show that it works.   Let Teachers SHINE is a national competition run by SHINE and TES to find some of the country’s most innovative teachers. They’re looking for truly original ways to raise attainment in literacy, numeracy and science. The submission deadline is 27th April. The competition is free to enter and open to any teacher working in England. Up to 10 winning […]
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7:08 AM | Development of high-performance dielectric devices by assembling nano blocks
Self-organization of oxide nanosheets through the solution process.
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6:57 AM | Simtech collaboration agreements to accelerate the growth and development of the microfluidics industry
The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) has inked three collaboration agreements that will play a part in speeding up the growth and development of the microfluidics industry.
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1:34 AM | The Heliocentric Theory: 3
I started this off by asking how the ancients could prove the Earth goes round the Sun, so I had better come up with an answer. (Rather interestingly, no reader has. Perhaps I have no readers!)   My answer actually follows in part one of the arguments that Galileo used, although he did not quite get it right. First, it has to be possible, so it is necessary to demonstrate the Equivalence Principle, namely that all things fall at the same rate. However, before doing that, you have to get […]

April 01, 2014

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9:38 PM | Momentive On The Verge Of Bankruptcy
Momentive Performance Materials is threatening bankruptcy. Moments ago the company filed an NT 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It is what a company files when it can’t file its 10-K annual report on time. The company says  it is in negotiations with creditors and notes that a Chapter 11 filing is a strong […]
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7:40 PM | The benefits of interaction
We interact with people all of the time, both in person and online. It's one of my favourite things, I love talking to people and finding out more about them. Although my preferred method is to interact in person, through consultations or at an event I also like to interact online. Some folks even call it networking (!) What are the benefits? Well, just like interactions face to face, interacting with others online can help you find out more about a person, sharing in common ground, […]
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7:29 PM | Permission to put Jmol in a paper's Supporting information
A random email correspondence (thanks to the author for asking, giving me the chance to blog the answer!):I want readers of a paper I am writing to see several molecules in Jmol. I could instruct them to download Jmol but this cumbersome as Jmol is 54 Mb. Apparently all that is needed is Jmol.jar, which is only 4.5 Mb. Can I get permission to add a zip file to my paper that contains jmol.jar plus a number of .pdb files?My answer:Dear Jmol user,the Open Source license of Jmol defines the […]
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7:22 PM | Space Elevator: A Lasting Dream for a Sky-reaching Tree
Ever since the first human being looked up to the starry night, the dream of chasing the stars and space has never stopped. A long way back, in ancient Northern European mythology, the world tree, Yggdrasil, was a holy tree in the center of the universe, connecting the heavens and the earth. In Jack and […]
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4:12 PM | Good vibrations: Using light-heated water to deliver drugs
Researchers use near-infrared light to warm water-infused polymeric nanoparticles.
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3:16 PM | Network of BioThings: the EU hackathon
Very soon an international hackathon will take place: the Network of BioThings, with events in the USA and in Maastricht, The Netherlands. As I am traveling back from the NanoTox 2014 meeting, I will not be able to join in person, sadly, but will try to join online from Eindhoven.The hackathon includes lunch, pizza, is synchronized between continents, and is aimed at:Hackers and MentorsBiologists, Text Miners and Data WranglersOntologists, Terminologists, and Data LinkersSemantic Web novices […]
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3:15 PM | Le Chemjobber Sans Poisson d'Avril
I don't have anything for April Fool's, but I see there are a variety of interesting headlines:"Everything is catalytic", including gummy candy. That's very exciting news. Welcome to "It's the Rio Thing." (boo puns)Welcome to the Journal of Chemical-Free Chemistry.I'm glad someone has commented on my favorite scene in Good Will Hunting.Enjoy your day! 
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2:13 PM | Job posting: B.S./M.S. medicinal chemist, Baltimore, MD
From the inbox, via the Lieber Institute for Brain Development: The Lieber Institute is currently seeking a BS or MS level medicinal chemist with 5+ years of experience in a pharmaceutical/biotechnology environment. The candidate should be well versed in modern synthetic methodologies, and capable of tackling difficult synthetic problems; a skilled experimentalist in the area of multi-step synthesis, purification, and characterization of organic compounds, and with a strong commitment to […]
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2:00 PM | Printed Electronics Europe 2014 award winners
To recognize and award outstanding achievement to those involved in this rapidly growing business the annual Printed Electronics Awards are held each year. The annual awards were announced at the annual event this week in Berlin, Germany - Europe's leading event on the topic that brings together end users with suppliers.
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1:00 PM | Reproducibility in molecular modeling research
When I was a graduate student, a pet peeve of my advisor and I was the extreme unlikelihood of finding structural 3D coordinates of molecules in papers. A typical paper on conformational analysis would claim to derive a solution conformation for a druglike molecule and present a picture of the conformation, but the lack of 3D coordinates or a SDF or PDB file would make detailed inspection of the structure impossible. Sadly this was more generally in line with a lack of structural information […]
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1:00 PM | A Big Announcement
Enough of this Minnesota stuff. This winter was just too long and too cold, so I've decided to hang it up and go south permanently. Not to Iowa. Not to Texas, but further yet. Not to Mexico, or Venezuela, but further yet. To Brazil, and Rio de Janeiro in particular. And with the move, the name of the blog is changing too. From here on out, "It's the Rheo Thing" will now become "It's the Rio Thing".And that means no more writeups on polymers, rheology, polymer chemistry and anything else […]
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12:29 PM | Tumblr Topic: Alchemy in Art
Follow the ChemHeritage Alchemy in Art board on Pinterest. Our April 2014 Tumblr Topic explores the colorful history of pigments, painters, and the conservators who save this legacy from the ravages of time and accidental chemistry. Participate in our webcast on April 16 and follow us here for more blog posts on the topic. We’d enjoy hearing your thoughts on this topic. Share the theme using this url: http://chemheritage.tumblr.com/tagged/april2014alchemyart
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12:23 PM | CVD Selling up to 300 mm CVD Graphene
CVD Equipment Corporation announces today that its CVD Materials Corporation subsidiary is accepting orders for 300 mm size CVD Graphene grown on Cu foil using its patent pending high quality, low cost CVD graphene process technology.
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12:18 PM | A convenient way to selectively prepare germanium sulfide nanostructures
Researchers have found a convenient way to selectively prepare germanium sulfide nanostructures, including nanosheets and nanowires, that are more active than their bulk counterparts and could open the way to lower cost and safer optoelectronics, solar energy conversion and faster computer circuitry.
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12:06 PM | Electrical transmission at the atomic level
Scientists have developed a new approach to how signals might be transmitted at the atomic level. This could be especially important for realising logic structures with strictly defined functions on the basis of individual atoms, which in turn could find application in transistors or diodes.
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10:47 AM | Next-generation coatings and sensors that can operate in extreme conditions
Tata Steel has formed a strategic partnership with the prominent UK research body, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), to develop a range of innovations that will include graphene-coated steels and next-generation sensors that can operate in extreme environments.
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10:16 AM | Green engineering for waste management
A pilot plant for the anaerobic digestion of organic waste is going to be used for research in the field of biogas production using wastewater, sludge and organic waste from landfills and purification plants.
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10:00 AM | Dolomite Releases Novel Droplet-On-demand Sequencing And Droplet Generation Microfluidic System
Microfluidic products expert Dolomite has launched Mitos Dropix, an ingenious droplet-on-demand system capable of easily generating extremely miniaturised droplet compartments with exceptional control over volume, environment and isolation of contents.
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8:50 AM | The greatest mass extinction may have been the doing of microbes
The worst time to be alive in Earth’s history is unarguably the end-Permian, about 250 million years ago. It is...
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