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September 04, 2014

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1:11 PM | Self-assembling nanoparticles key compound in new malaria vaccine
A novel protein nanoparticle has shown to be effective at getting the immune system to attack the most lethal species of malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, after it enters the body and before it has a chance to hide and aggressively spread.
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10:22 AM | Catching greenhouse gases with advanced nanomembranes
Researchers in Japan have engineered a membrane with advanced features capable of removing harmful greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Their findings may one day contribute to lower greenhouse gas emissions and cleaner skies.
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8:41 AM | Surviving in the Pacific Ocean, bacterial style
Oceans cover 70 percent of the earth’s surface. Given this vast area, how do you thoroughly study how a particular organism survives in it? In a paper just out in Science, researchers analyzed how a type of cyanobacteria ekes out an existence in a 2,500-mile stretch of the Pacific Ocean. The researchers were able to […]
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7:20 AM | Trends in nanoscale mechanics
A collection of the state-of-the-art reviews written by the leading researchers in the areas of nanoscale mechanics, molecular dynamics, nanoscale modeling of nanocomposites and mechanics of carbon nanotubes.
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7:05 AM | Titania nanotubes' role in building ultrafast rechargeable Li-ion batteries
Nanotechnology has the potential to deliver the next generation lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) with improved performance, durability and safety at an acceptable cost. However, several challenging bottlenecks remain to build the ideal nanostructured electrodes for ultrafast rechargeable LIBs. To overcome these challenges, researchers developed a mechanical force-driven method to prepare elongated bending titania-based nanotubes for high-rate LIBs.
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4:51 AM | Bacterial nanowires are really wires, not hairs (w/video)
Videos of morphing bacteria reveal that the strange features of so-called 'electric bacteria' aren't quite what they at first appeared to be.
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2:30 AM | The Harm Men Do Women in the Bronx
This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

September 03, 2014

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9:00 PM | Chemical Education Foundation wishes to highlight working chemists
From the inbox, a chance to get famous!: The Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF) (www.chemed.org) is looking for chemists to use in You Be The Chemist Challenge marketing pieces and events for this year’s “careers in chemistry” theme. (The Challenge is an academic competition for grade 5-8 students that focuses on chemistry and its real-world applications.) For example, we might feature a few chemists on a periodic table poster to distribute to schools. We are looking […]
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8:59 PM | A good article that makes me irritated
From the inbox, an interesting article from Nature's news section by Ewan Callaway about a Ph.D. organic chemist from the Schreiber lab who has gone onto finance: [Soroosh] Shambayati was born in Iran, attended school in Sweden, and then won a scholarship to study chemistry and mathematics at a university in Los Angeles. As an undergraduate, he was drawn to science for its pursuit of objective truth and the opportunity for discovery. A PhD was the obvious next step, and he found a perfect […]
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5:00 PM | Scientists shed light on organic photovoltaic characteristics
Scientists have developed a method that allows the prediction of the current density-voltage curve of a photovoltaic device. This new method uses a common measurement technique (impedance spectroscopy) that is affordable, widely available to manufacturers, and relatively easy to perform.
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4:21 PM | Lodestar Festival 2014 Extras
I got rather too many photos from the 2014 Lodestar Festival, the top bunch are in my Flickr gallery and Facebook gallery. This little lot are ones I’ve plucked out from the folders that didn’t jump out at me first time through but are more representative of the festivalgoers than the bands themselves! Post by […]Lodestar Festival 2014 Extras is a post from the science blog of science journalist, photographer and musician David Bradley Subscribe to our Email Newsletter
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4:14 PM | Google and USCB partner to build a quantum computer
The Quantum Artificial Intelligence team at Google is launching a hardware initiative to design and build new quantum information processors based on superconducting electronics.
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3:29 PM | Inhomogeneous surface plasmon polaritons
Scientists have discovered a new way to control light. Light can be guided along the surface of a metal via a surface plasmon polariton phenomenon. When light guided along the surface of one metal encounters a different metal surface, the new type of plasmon called an 'inhomogeneous surface plasmon polariton' results that has controlled confinement properties.
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3:06 PM | AMO Demonstrates Ultrafast Graphene-based Photodetectors With Data Rates up to 50 GBit/s
In cooperation with Alcatel Lucent Bell Labs researcher from AMO realized the worldwide fastest Graphene based photodetectors. By demonstrating a maximum data rate of 50 GBit/s a new record level could be reached, pushing this technology closer to applications.
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3:01 PM | Handheld nanoprobe scanner could make brain tumor removal more complete, reducing recurrence
Cancerous brain tumors are notorious for growing back despite surgical attempts to remove them - and for leading to a dire prognosis for patients. But scientists are developing a new way to try to root out malignant cells during surgery so fewer or none get left behind to form new tumors.
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2:55 PM | Polychiral carbon nanotube mixture absorbs more sunlight
Researchers have created a new type of CNT solar cell that is twice as efficient as its predecessors. It is also the first CNT solar cell to have its performance certified by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
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2:10 PM | Will I poison myself if I reuse this plastic water bottle?
This question was asked at Grist on Monday. You can read their answer if you want (or you can read this synopsis: "yes, you will poison yourself"). Let me offer a different perspective.The question that was actually asked is a little more involved:"Is it OK to reuse the bottles that bottled water comes in? Sometimes when I am at a conference the bottled water they have is in a really sturdy bottle, and it seems like such a waste for it to be single use. But is it safe to refill it from the tap? […]
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11:13 AM | Graphene 3D Lab Files Provisional Patent Application Related to 3D Printable Batteries
Graphene 3D Lab Inc., a company developing advanced materials for 3D printing, has submitted a provisional application for a patent to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The application is related to recent innovations in the materials and methods of 3D printable batteries.
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10:58 AM | Beneq Launches nFOG Wet Coating Technology
Beneq announces the launch of its new atmospheric wet coating technology called nFOG for use in applications such as anti-reflective coatings for large-sized glass. This new technology combines the advantages of the speed of spray coating, the quality of dip coating and the high material yield of roller coating.
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10:52 AM | Ultracold atoms juggle spins with exceptional symmetry
Scientists succeed in revealing a highly symmetric exchange of spins between ytterbium atoms in different electronic orbital states.
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10:03 AM | What is LD50?
Every time you read an MSDS sheet for a compound, you come across its LD50. This is known as median lethal dose and it represents the dose needed to kill half the members in a particular population under testing over a specific duration (product needs to be delivered all at once). Chemists use this value [...]
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9:10 AM | Come and work for us as a Publishing Editor
Great opportunities available now to work for the Royal Society of Chemistry, one of the world's major scientific publishers, as a Publishing Editor. Find more details of how to apply here If you want to find out more about what a Publishing Editor does, take a look at their blog Closing date for applications is 10th September, assessment centre to be held on 24th September. What are you waiting for??Posted by Julie FranklinSep 3, 2014 10:10 am
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7:16 AM | The future Belgian register for nanomaterials: challenges ahead for the nanotechnology community
On 7th February 2014, the Belgian federal government issued a press release declaring that the draft Royal Decree creating a Belgian register for nanomaterials has been approved. The Royal Decree would enter into force on 1st January 2016 for substances manufactured at the nanoscale and on 1st January 2017 for preparations containing a substance or substances manufactured at the nanoscale. We provide here an overview of this future Belgian nano register and some suggestions to be ready for the […]
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5:41 AM | Nanotechnology researchers improve mechanical properties of ceramics
Researchers used nanotechnology to increase fracture toughness of ceramic bodies up to three times.
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5:38 AM | Live from inside a battery
Scientists have managed to peer into the inner workings of a battery without destroying it. In the process, they have resolved the so-called lithium plating mystery.
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3:09 AM | The Man Who Prowls the Abandoned House for Women
This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

September 02, 2014

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5:16 PM | Cool calculations for cold atoms
The first full theory that accounts for interactions at nano-kelivin temperatures - in those situations where 3-atom states can form even while all 2-atom states are unstable.
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5:08 PM | Researchers unveil new nano-sized synthetic scaffolding technique
Oil-and-water approach to spark new line of versatile peptoid nanosheets.
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3:50 PM | New synthesis method may shape future of nanostructures, clean energy
Physicists has published new advances that they say make possible new nanostructures and nanotechnologies with huge potential applications ranging from clean energy and quantum computing advances to new sensor development.
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2:45 PM | Ivory Filter Flask: 9/2/14 edition
Good morning! A few of the academically-related positions posted on C&EN:Cambridge, MA: MIT is searching for a professor of chemistry, preferably at the assistant professor level. Focus for the position: "...the areas of inorganic, organic or physical chemistry, broadly defined."Bellingham, WA: Western Washington University is looking for an assistant professor of inorganic chemistry:Applicants with experimental or theoretical/computational research interests are encouraged to apply, as are […]
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