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October 06, 2014

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2:30 PM | 55 applications later...
After countless alterations to my CV and a shameless outpouring of enthusiasm into numerous cover letters, I am finally about to start the next step of my career. In my search for the perfect career move I sent out 55 applications. Many of these were actually for industry positions that I thought, "well I can do that, it would be ok and is kind of my skill set", and so I was not too surprised when I didn't get the job. But I was always optimistic and therefore always disappointed. I really […]
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1:59 PM | New 'how to read a journal article' guide uploaded to Learn Chemistry
The first of a series of ‘how to’ guides for university students was published on Learn Chemistry recently, looking at ‘how to read a journal article’. The guide was written by Katharine Thompson, an Imperial College librarian and was commissioned in response to feedback from lecturers and students that it would be useful to have resources in this area. Why? It's important that students have adequate support when it comes to reading and understanding journals. […]
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1:45 PM | Conference on complex inorganic nanomaterials - call for papers
The aim of ACIN 2015 is to offer an update of recent innovations in both fundamental and applied aspects highlighting new advances and progress in the field of nanomaterials (inorganics, hybrids, molecular and bio-inspired).
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1:39 PM | Nanotechnology process makes heat-resistant dyes
Optical dyes can be used to control color and light in applications ranging from laser welding to production of sunglasses and plasma TVs. The dyes used for this purpose are often expensive; others are cheap but apt to decompose when exposed to heat. A better set of options - optical dyes that are both economical and stable - is about to hit the market.
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1:24 PM | Skin-like patch monitors your health
Researchers have developed a skin-like device that can be worn throughout the day for around-the-clock health monitoring.
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1:14 PM | New technique to make foams could lead to lightweight, sustainable materials
Researchers have developed a new type of foam - called capillary foam - that solves many of the problems faced by traditional foams. The foam could be used to make lightweight, sustainable materials.
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1:10 PM | Novel porous silicon microfabrication technique increases sensing ability
Researchers have developed a novel method for improving silicon-based sensors used to detect biochemicals and other molecules in liquids. The simplified approach produces micro-scale optical detection devices that cost less to make than other designs, and provide a six-fold increase in sensitivity to target molecules.
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10:22 AM | Bottom Lines and Reproducibility
I have a thing about reproducibility. I’m not the only one as this post on In The Pipeline shows.  Nothing annoys me more than someone spending their time and someone else’s money to carry out an experiment then not taking … Continue reading →
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8:55 AM | Nanotechnology compendium for teachers and educators
The European Commission has published a compendium 'Nanotechnologies: Principles, Applications, Implications and Hands-on Activities' that has been specifically developed to provide the educational communities with relevant, accurate and updated materials to inform, motivate and inspire young people to know more about nanosciences and nanotechnologies concepts and applications. This resource has been developed within the context of the European research project Nanoyou, and it has been enriched […]
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8:01 AM | Nanotechnology researchers use green tea benefits to fight cancer
Green tea has long been known for its anti-oxidant, anti-cancer, anti-aging and anti-microbial properties. A group of researchers has taken the health benefits of green tea to the next level by using one of its ingredients to develop a drug delivery system, which kills cancer cells more efficiently.
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7:54 AM | Scrolling nanosheets on demand
Nanoparticles have the potential to revolutionize the medical industry, but they must possess a few critical properties. First, they need to target a specific region, so that they do not scatter throughout the body. They also require some sort of sensing method, so that doctors and researchers can track the particles. Finally, they need to perform their function at the right moment, ideally in response to a stimulus. Scientists are trying to develop new particles with unprecedented properties […]
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7:49 AM | Nanoparticles break the symmetry of light
Nanoparticles can emit light into ultra-thin glass fibres. Physicists have now managed to select the direction of the light using an unusual kind of coupling between spin and the direction of propagation.
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6:56 AM | Organic dominoes
Bicyclo[3.2.1] octanes are an important structural unit that is present in many natural products, as a recent review highlights. Good control of the various stereocenters and the quaternary carbons is of extreme relevance. A new way to achieve this was recently reported by Alexakis et al from the University of Geneva. It is as follows: […]

October 05, 2014

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4:24 PM | Breakthrough allows researchers to watch molecules 'wiggle'
A new crystallographic technique is set to transform scientists' ability to observe how molecules work.
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4:20 PM | On Final Year Projects
After a week of meeting with new project students, and answering many of the same questions several times, I’ve been scouting back through the archives looking for what I’ve said previously on the subject of surviving a final year project. … Continue reading →
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4:19 PM | Novel microscope makes slow-motion movies of tiny nanostructures
Physicists have developed a novel microscope that allows them to record slow-motion movies of tiny nanostructures with groundbreaking time resolution - faster even than a single oscillation cycle of light. With their new microscope they have directly imaged the super-fast motion of electrons.
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11:48 AM | This Week In Chemistry: Cyanide Clouds & Molecular Microphones
 After a positive reception for the first ‘This Week in Chemistry’ post last weekend, here’s a brief overview of what’s been going on in the world of chemistry this week, including cyanide clouds on Saturn’s moon Titan, the world’s smallest microphone, and how caffeine could help the development of drugs to aid Parkinson’s Disease. Links […]

October 04, 2014

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5:45 PM | Using a smartphone with O2 in Europe – update
On my recent trip to Greece, I tried out O2’s £1.66 daily European data allowance. I’m pleased to report that it ‘did what it says on the tin’, and I was able to keep using my phone for social media and photo uploading throughout the trip without any problems. I used WiFi when possible (but […]

October 03, 2014

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10:43 PM | Structural variations efficiently orchestrate the gain and loss...
Structural variations efficiently orchestrate the gain and loss of cancer gene cassettes that engage many oncogenic pathways simultaneously and such oncogenic cassettes are favoured during the evolution of a cancer Genetic changes through somatic mutations span from single nucleotide alterations to breakpoints interrupting gene contiguity, segmental copy number changes, and imbalances of entire chromosomes Beginning their review with a description of the basics of cancer, from the genetic […]
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7:07 PM | ICYMS 2: Dr. Ryan Bailey's Structurally-Controllable Scaffolds Influence Stem Cell Differentiation
In this installment of In Case You Missed Seminar, we'll look over the latest research from Dr. Ryan C. Bailey's group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Bailey and his group care about developing new biomaterials to aid in the separation and analysis of heterogeneous tissue samples, meaning samples composed of many different kinds of cells in varying disease states. If successful, the materials developed in his lab could allow clinicians to crank a lot more information out […]
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2:56 PM | Are you gonna get cancer? Me? Probably.
This morning, John checks out the recent report on carcinogens from the Department of Health and Human Services and notes that he's interacted with 11 of the 243 different items.Here's my list of doom: Alcoholic Beverage Consumption, Benzene, 1-Bromopropane, Butylated Hydroxyanisole, Carbon Tetrachloride, Chloroform, Chromium Hexavalent Compounds, 1,2-Dibromoethane, Dimethyl Sulfate, Formaldehyde, Hydrazine, Naphthalene, Phenolphthalein, StyreneThat's 15 items. (Does 32P count for ionizing […]
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2:52 PM | Breakthrough technique offers prospect of silicon detectors for telecommunications
Scientists have demonstrated a breakthrough technique that offers the first possibility of silicon detectors for telecommunications.
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2:50 PM | Want to learn how to preserve food in jars? Today at 5:30 p.m....
Want to learn how to preserve food in jars? Today at 5:30 p.m. CHF will be streaming a canning demonstration with writer and instructor Marisa McClellan. You can watch the presentation live on CHF’s Youtube page, or if you’re in Philadelphia, stop by and see the demonstration in person at tonight’s First Friday festivities. Doors are open until 8. Before the show, brush up on the history of food preservation with an article from our magazine, “Processed: Food Science […]
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2:50 PM | Want to learn how to preserve food in jars? Today at 5:30 p.m....
Want to learn how to preserve food in jars? Today at 5:30 p.m. CHF will be streaming a canning demonstration with writer and instructor Marisa McClellan. You can watch the presentation live on CHF’s Youtube page, or if you’re in Philadelphia, stop by and see the demonstration in person at tonight’s First Friday festivities. Doors are open until 8. Before the show, brush up on the history of food preservation with an article from our magazine, “Processed: Food Science […]
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2:44 PM | Act of Whimsy/Pain: One push-up for every Food Babe false/misleading statement
Thanks to all of those who helped me with my 2014 GeekGirlCon Act of Whimsy for the DIY Science Zone: bluekirby, Anon402p, Anon1158a. With their help, I counted 38 false or misleading statements in 5 videos that I linked.I decided to do one push up for each misleading statement -- here's the video.WARNING: It's a fat guy doing push ups -- do you really want to watch it? (And if you want to donate to the DIY Science Zone, you can still do it.) Also, more donation-related items coming
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2:39 PM | Uhhhhhhh
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2:14 PM | Non-farm payrolls up 249,000 in September, unemployment down to 5.9%
Fresh electrons from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: the national unemployment rate was down 0.2% to 5.9% for the month of September. Non-farm payrolls were up 249,000, which is exciting. The broader U6 unemployment rate was also down 0.2% to 11.8%.The chemical manufacturing subsector was down 900 jobs to 803,800 positions.The unemployment rate of college graduates 25 and older was 2.9%, down 0.3% from August. The unemployment rate of non-high school graduates was 8.4%, down 0.7%.Considering […]
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1:44 PM | Carcinogens I've Worked With
The Department of Health and Human Services issued the 13th edition of their Report on Carcinogens this week. The list is not just chemicals, but includes physical hazards such as gamma radiation, and biological agents (hepatitis B and C for instance). I decided to take a look at the list and see what I've exposed myself to over the years. The list is actually split into two categories - those known to be human carcinogens and those reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens. The former is […]
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1:24 PM | Maryland Congressman asks the NIH to fund more young scientists
Maryland Congressman Andrew HarrisNow here's something that you don't get to see everyday - a politician taking (the right kind of) interest in the NIH's activities and asking the agency to support the most important ideas in basic biomedical research by funding young scientists. Maryland Congressman Andrew Harrison's thesis is that whatever money the NIH might have left after all the funding cuts is being spent on scientists in their 40s and beyond; he is mostly alluding to the depressing fact […]
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1:12 PM | Continuous fabrication platform for highly aligned polymer films
Researchers have demonstrated a novel automated fabrication process consisting of a three-step sol-gel extrusion, structure freezing and drying, and mechanical drawing process which results in production of highly aligned polymer films.
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