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August 15, 2014

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2:30 PM | The Jones Group Gets Serious
Apply for your own armored tactical vehicle here. 
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1:47 PM | What is Acetone?
With the systematic names propanone or dimethyl ketone, acetone is a colourless and volatile liquid with many different applications, mostly as a solvent or a “building block” in organic chemistry. In chemical terms, it’s the simplest ketone with the molecular formula (CH3)2CO (sometimes written as C3H6O). It has a fruity odour and a sweetish taste, [...]
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1:12 PM | Model to explain cellular sensor organization
    Cell-surface receptors are like radiowave antennae: They pick up signals to send them forward to the appropriate cellular equipment that process the information in the signals. But how do cells know where to best position receptors to cleanly and efficiently pick up the numerous signals coming at them? In a paper recently published […]
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12:49 PM | Nanotechnology law and guidelines in Europe
The book is a concise guideline to different issues of nanotechnology in the European legislation.
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12:28 PM | Laser makes atomic force microscopes way cooler
Cooling a nanowire probe with a laser could lead to substantial improvements in the sensitivity of atomic force probe microscopes.
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12:23 PM | Combined nanoscopy technique for studying cellular structures
Scientists develop a combined technique for studying cellular structures via high-resolution imaging.
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9:07 AM | FDA warns of fraudulent Ebola drug claims
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers to be aware of products sold online claiming to prevent or treat the Ebola virus.
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8:56 AM | Complex photonic nanostructures of an ultra-white beetle
The physical properties of the ultra-white scales on certain species of beetle could be used to make whiter paper, plastics and paints, while using far less material than is used in current manufacturing methods.
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8:18 AM | Direct and label-free discrimination of cytosine and its modifications utilizing silver ions in nanopores
Cytosine (C) modifications such as 5-methylcytosine (mC) and 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (hmC) are important epigenetic markers associated with gene expression and tumorigenesis. However, bisulfite conversion, the gold standard methodology for mC mapping, can not distinguish mC and hmC bases. Recent studies have demonstrated hmC detection via peptide recognizing, enzymes, fluorescence and hmC-specific antibodies - nevertheless, a method for directly discriminating C, mC and hmC bases without […]
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7:05 AM | Five Fact Friday
Toluene will azeotropically remove most solvents, except toluene. A good hivac pump is gold. Potassium t-butoxide can be purified by …Continue reading →
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6:38 AM | Thin films reveal hidden potential
Thin films of oxide materials reveal topological electronic properties hidden in the three-dimensional form.
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6:33 AM | Molecular engineers record an electron's quantum mechanical behavior
Researchers have developed a technique to record the quantum mechanical behavior of an individual electron contained within a nanoscale defect in diamond. Their technique uses ultrafast pulses of laser light, both to control the defect?s entire quantum state and observe how that single electron state changes over time.
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12:16 AM | Publication of the week, number 38, 15th August 2014
This week’s ASAP is a one pot synthesis of two complex halogenated meroterpenoid natural products with significant antibacterial activities; Merochlorins A & B. The synthesis was conceived by a group led by Bradley Moore from the Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine Scripps Institution of Oceanography University of California San Diego with the collaboration of Baran at the Department of […]

August 14, 2014

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9:45 PM | Synthetic Cannabinoid Illnesses in NH - August 2014
New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan has issued a state of emergency after a rash of overdoses on synthetic cannabinoids. On Monday night in Manchester, NH, there were 17-25 reported illnesses. There were 9 reported synthetic cannabinoid-related illnesses on Tuesday night. There have been at least 3 illnesses in Concord, NH in the last 24 hours.Some of these incidents were allegedly associated with a bubblegum flavored herbal incense product named "Smacked!". Two other products named in the […]
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6:08 PM | ZEISS Introduces LSM 880 With Airyscan
New confocal technology enables fast and sensitive superresolution microscopy.
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6:02 PM | Scientists fold RNA origami from a single strand
RNA origami is a new method for organizing molecules on the nanoscale. Using just a single strand of RNA, this technique can produce many complicated shapes.
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3:46 PM | Academic family: Sir William Ramsay
Guest post by Jessica Breen ‘The noblest exercise of the mind within doors, and most befitting a person of quality, is study’ – Ramsay A few years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Jack Dunitz at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Little did I know that he was the academic [...]
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3:24 PM | Meet our guest bloggers – Jessica Breen
I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Process Research and Development (iPRD) at the University of Leeds. My research is on the synthesis of chiral amines relevant to the pharmaceutical industry but I have a general interest in organic chemistry, catalysis and sustainable methodologies. When I am not in the lab, I blog [...]
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3:06 PM | Quote of the day: penicillin frustration
For some reason, I was reading about the scaling-up of penicillin and came across this wonderful quote, via an ACS writeup:Pfizer's John L. Smith captured the complexity and uncertainty facing these companies during the scale-up process: "The mold is as temperamental as an opera singer, the yields are low, the isolation is difficult, the extraction is murder, the purification invites disaster, and the assay is unsatisfactory."You know, that gives me a bit of perspective.  
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2:00 PM | Grant submitted, now what?
  You’ve spent years in training. You’ve spent months developing a project, collecting preliminary data, publishing manuscripts, and training students. You’ve attended all of the grant-writing workshops. Hopefully you’ve followed our advice on a stress-free grant writing experience, and you’ve now spent weeks writing your grant, editing your grant, generating tables, graphs, and other figures […]
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12:40 PM | Oh Brave New World!
I start a new aspect of my polymer chemistry career today - my first attempt at synthesizing an inorganic polymer. Up till now, acrylates, urethanes, ureas, polyesters (with and without styrene) and countless organic biobased substrates have been my playground. Today however, I need to strike out in a new direction, one where silicon and oxygen will now be the atoms of the polymers backbone. Carbon will still be around, but only as a moiety.It's pretty exciting, not just because of the new […]
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12:25 PM | How Not to Stink!
Last week we looked at why we sweat and why it smells, but it doesn’t have to be like that! We saw that sweat can be affected by many factors – including  how many X chromosomes you have (by the way, if genetics is not your strong point, females are XX while males are XY). [...]
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12:23 PM | Novel chip-based platform could simplify measurements of single molecules
A nanopore-gated optofluidic chip combines electrical and optical measurements of single molecules onto a single platform.
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9:12 AM | Atomic switch networks for cognitive technology
A self-organized network of inorganic synapses provides a unique approach toward the development of brain-like computers.
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9:02 AM | Molecular shuttle speeds up hydrogen production
Researchers have achieved a breakthrough in light-driven generation of hydrogen with semiconductor nanocrystals by using a novel molecular shuttle to enhance charge-carrier transport.
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8:51 AM | Nanotechnology invention improves effectiveness of the 'penicillin of cancer'
By combining magnetic nanoparticles with one of the most common and effective chemotherapy drugs, researchers have created a way to deliver anti-cancer drugs directly into the nucleus of cancer cells.
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8:25 AM | Andor iXon 897 Visualizes Simulated Quantum Matter
Max Planck researchers assemble metamaterial crystal formations that obey laws of quantum physics and allow exploration of the exotic nature of the microworld.
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8:00 AM | Upconverting synthetic leaf takes it cues from nature
A large part of low-energy photons, such as in the deep-red and infrared, are lost during conventional photovoltaic or photochemical processes. However, about half of all the solar energy reaching the Earth's surface can be found in these wavelengths. Harvesting this light more efficiently is possible thanks to a process called photon energy upconversion. Researchers now have successfully synthesized a bioinspired upconverting solid-state-like film using nanocellulose.
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6:34 AM | Nanotube-polymer composites give immune cells a cancer-fighting boost
Scientists have developed a novel cancer immunotherapy that rapidly grows and enhances a patient's immune cells outside the body using carbon nanotube-polymer composites; the immune cells can then be injected back into a patient's blood to boost the immune response or fight cancer.
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6:20 AM | To bolster lithium battery life, add a little salt
Cornell chemical engineers have achieved a breakthrough in the race to achieve safer, longer-lasting batteries to power the world?s automobiles, cell phones, computers and autonomous robots.
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