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August 28, 2014

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3:10 PM | Playing twenty questions with molecules at plasmonic junctions
Toward engineering ultrasensitive probes of nanoscale physical and chemical processes.
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3:03 PM | A new, tunable device for spintronics
An international team of scientists realizes a tunable spin-charge converter made of GaAs.
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2:59 PM | Nanoscale assembly line for biological molecules
Researchers have realised a long-held dream: inspired by an industrial assembly line, they have developed a nanoscale production line for the assembly of biological molecules.
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1:31 PM | Academic lab safety: One chemist’s observations
Contributed by Brenna Arlyce Brown, who received her Ph […]Related Posts:Myths of the #SheriSangji casePreliminary hearing for Patrick Harran in #SheriSangji case:More details on the University of Minnesota explosion and…Preliminary hearing for Patrick Harran in #SheriSangji case:Dow and Minnesota team up on safety
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11:34 AM | Synthetic virus to deliver a new generation of medicines
Researchers have developed a synthetic virus. This can be used in the future to 'package' new generations of medicines consisting of large biomolecules and to deliver them into diseased cells, by a natural process.
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9:51 AM | Nanotechnology used to create next-generation holograms for information storage
Holograms made of tiny particles of silver could double the amount of information that can be stored in digital optical devices, such as sensors, displays and medical imaging devices.
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8:19 AM | New filter technology - Uses inert gas to bore holes in high-quality steel
A new high-tech membrane is made of high-quality steel and is more stable and more flexible than conventional filters, also more environmentally-compatible because only inert gas and electrical power are needed for its manufacture.
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8:13 AM | Basic properties of widely used piezoelectrics successfully measured
60-year-old problem solved, opening the way to develop new lead-free piezoelectrics.
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8:06 AM | Materials other than silicon for next generation electronic devices
Silicon has been the most successful material of the 20th century, with major global industries and even a valley named after it. But silicon may be running out of steam for high performance/low power electronics. As silicon strains against the physical limits of performance, could a material like InGaAs provide enough of an improvement over silicon that it would be worth the expense in new equipment lines and training to make the switch worthwhile?
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8:00 AM | World-first demonstration of pilot-scale boron nitride nanotube production
With this major advance, Canada now has the largest boron nitride nanotube production capacity in the world, and a production rate 100 times faster than any earlier technologies.

August 27, 2014

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8:00 PM | Nanodiamonds are forever
A professor's research examines 13,000-year-old nanodiamonds from multiple locations across three continents.
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7:53 PM | Novel 'butterfly' molecule could build new sensors, photoenergy conversion devices
New research has led to a novel molecular system that can take your temperature, emit white light, and convert photon energy directly to mechanical motions.
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7:29 PM | Challenge accepted
That was wet. 
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6:29 PM | New analytical technology reveals nanomechanical surface traits
A new research platform uses a laser to measure the nanomechanical properties of tiny structures undergoing stress and heating, an approach likely to yield insights to improve designs for microelectronics and batteries.
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4:12 PM | Measure Both Elastic and Viscous Properties with AFM
Asylum Research announces the availability of its powerful new nanomechanical imaging technique, AM-FM Viscoelastic Mapping Mode, for its entire line of Cypher and MFP-3D atomic force microscopes. AM-FM Viscoelastic Mapping Mode lets you quickly and gently image viscoelastic properties including storage modulus and loss tangent with nanoscale spatial resolution.
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3:34 PM | OSRAM Boosts LED Chip Productivity With Nanotechnology
By making use of nanotechnology, OSRAM hopes to produce significantly more LED chips with its existing production plant. OSRAM researchers have for the first time succeeded in manufacturing a so-called '3D nano LED' for white light.
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3:22 PM | Plasmonic metasurfaces for a greener way to make colorful plastics
Scientists are developing a more environmentally friendly way to make colored plastics. They are using structure - or the shapes and architectures of materials - rather than dyes, to produce color.
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2:11 PM | A Response to the NY Times: "Choking the Oceans with Plastic"
The New York Times had an editorial on Monday by Captain Charles S. Moore, a long-time, outspoken advocate for raising awareness of plastic pollution in the ocean gyres. The editorial tells of the plastic pollution that he observed during his latest trip in the Pacific. While I do not doubt the veracity of his anecdotes, Moore uses a small subset of his observations to portray a wholly inaccurate image of what the pollution is like in the gyres in the Pacific and other oceans.Throughout the […]
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1:29 PM | How is Potassium Permanganate Used to Treat Koi?
The effects of potassium permanganate (KMnO4) to treat koi’s external parasites have been known for over 200 years, but this product can be very dangerous to the fish if not used correctly. If you google it, you’ll find many accounts of very high doses applied to a pond, consequently killing all the fish. Potassium permanganate can [...]
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12:40 PM | The thunder god vine, assisted by nanotechnology, could shake up future cancer treatment
Targeted therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma using nanotechnology.
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10:54 AM | Graphene reinvents the future
For many scientists, the discovery of one-atom-thick sheets of graphene is hugely significant, something with the potential to affect just about every aspect of human activity and endeavour.
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10:50 AM | New DARPA 'Atoms to Product' program seeks to develop advanced nanotechnology
New program also seeks to develop revolutionary miniaturization and assembly methods that would work at scales 100,000 times smaller than current state-of-the-art technology.
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9:27 AM | Optical microscope technique confirmed as valid 3D nano-measurement tool (w/video)
Recent experiments have confirmed that a technique developed several years ago at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can enable optical microscopes to measure the three-dimensional (3D) shape of objects at nanometer-scale resolution - far below the normal resolution limit for optical microscopy.
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8:11 AM | Researchers film protein quake for the first time
One of nature's mysteries is how plants survive impact by the huge amounts of energy contained in the sun's rays, while using this energy for photosynthesis. The hypothesis is that the light-absorbing proteins in the plant's blades quickly dissipate the energy throughout the entire protein molecule through so-called protein quakes. Researchers have now managed to successfully 'film' this process.
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5:35 AM | I love our members
As the title suggests, I love the members of the Royal Society of Chemistry, our members, our community. I am on my last day in the fair city of Glasgow having done our first careers hub of the autumn. Whilst the focus is on careers consultations and actually getting to the places you live to support you we also have talks and networking, to help you find out more about the local people in your city/area. Last night for our Profiles in Chemistry talk we had David McMullan from Scottish Water. […]
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5:30 AM | Cubic cluster chills out
Gadolinium-based material that can be cooled by varying a magnetic field may be useful for cooling low-temperature sensors.
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5:25 AM | Magnetic memories on the right track
An investigation into switching characteristics provides new criteria for achieving faster switching of magnetic memories.
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2:59 AM | Standard operating procedures exist in our world!
On August 14, 2014, the state of New Hampshire (NH) issued a state of emergency resulting from a series of synthetic cannabinoid-related illnesses. No actual adverse effects were described in Governor Hassan’s press release, but the alleged product was identified as the bubblegum flavor of “Smacked!”. According to reports, starting on August 11, 2014, the product was responsible for adverse effects in at least 41 people across the state of NH. InfectiousChris over at the […]
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August 26, 2014

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7:13 PM | Scientists craft atomically seamless semiconductor junctions only three atoms thick
Researchers have demonstrated that two of these single-layer semiconductor materials can be connected in an atomically seamless fashion known as a heterojunction. This result could be the basis for next-generation flexible and transparent computing, better light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, and solar technologies.
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7:12 PM | PSA for professors and other supervisors with access to social media
Just in case you didn't know, it's not helpful to call out your direct reports on social media, especially platforms that lend themselves to screen shots and anonymous image sharing sites.(Should a professor or other boss-type entities friend their direct reports on social media? No, says CJ.) 
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