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Making Nanostructured Carbon from Waste

October 24, 2014 | News | Comments

Chemists have found a new way to make nanostructured carbon using the waste product sawdust. By cooking sawdust with a thin coating of iron at 700 degrees centigrade, the researchers have discovered that they can create carbon with a structure made up of many tiny tubes. These tubes are one thousand times smaller than an average human hair.

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Permeation Tubes

October 24, 2014 11:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

VICI Metronics’ Dynacal Permeation Tubes are small, inert capsules containing a pure chemical compound in a two phase equilibrium between its gas phase and its liquid or solid phase.

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Dirty Silicon May Lead to Cheaper Solar Cells

October 23, 2014 11:27 am | News | Comments

The processing technique can make solar cells from silicon that is 1000 times less pure, and thus less expensive, than the current industry standard. The researchers' solar cells are composed of silicon fibers coated in glass. The process of heating and stretching makes the fiber up to 100 times thinner.

Understanding Bipolar Disorder through Nanotechnology

October 23, 2014 10:30 am | by Erin White, Northwestern University | News | Comments

A nano-sized discovery by Northwestern Medicine scientists helps explain how bipolar disorder affects the brain and could one day lead to new drug therapies to treat the mental illness. Scientists used a new super-resolution imaging method to peer deep into brain tissue from mice with bipolar-like behaviors.

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Snooping on Self-Organizing Molecules

October 23, 2014 10:11 am | News | Comments

A few short years ago, the idea of a practical manufacturing process based on getting molecules to organize themselves in useful nanoscale shapes seemed … well, cool, sure, but also a little fantastic. Now the day isn’t far off when your cell phone may depend on it. 

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FDA Recalls Peppers Over Salmonella Concerns

October 23, 2014 12:00 am | News | Comments

Bailey Farms Inc. of Oxford, N.C. is voluntarily recalling 6,215 pounds of Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The product was distributed to several supermarket chains across the U.S. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, and can sicken healthy people.

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Nanofluid Improves Heat Conductivity

October 23, 2014 12:00 am | News | Comments

Researchers at the Universitat Jaume I in Spain have developed and patented a nanofluid improving thermal conductivity at temperatures up to 400°C without assuming an increase in costs or a remodeling of the infrastructure. This progress has important applications in sectors such as chemical, petrochemical, and energy.

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Oil Measurement Meter

October 22, 2014 11:02 am | E+E Elektronik Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

The Oilport 30 hand-held meter from E+E Elektronik accurately measures the water activity and temperature and calculates the absolute water content of industrial oils.

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‘Designer’ Nanodevice Could Improve Treatment for Cancer Victims

October 22, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

Cancer diagnostics and treatment options could be drastically improved with the creation of a ‘designer’ nanodevice being developed by a team of international researchers. The diagnostic ‘nanodecoder’, which will consist of self-assembled DNA and protein nanostructures, will greatly advance biomarker detection and provide accurate molecular characterization enabling more detailed evaluation of how diseased tissues respond to therapies.

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Special Microscope Captures Nanotubes Defects

October 22, 2014 10:04 am | News | Comments

Chemists have provided a detailed view of traps that disrupt energy flow, possibly pointing toward improved charge-carrying devices. Carbon nanotubes have been touted as exceptional materials with unique properties that allow for extremely efficient charge and energy transport, with the potential to open the way for new, more efficient types of electronic and photovoltaic devices.

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Building Better Hi-Energy Lithium Batteries

October 22, 2014 9:48 am | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered exceptional properties in a garnet material that could enable development of higher-energy battery designs. The ORNL-led team used scanning transmission electron microscopy to take an atomic-level look at a cubic garnet material called LLZO. The researchers found the material to be highly stable in a range of aqueous environments, making the compound a promising component in new battery configurations.

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IBM Spending $1.5B to Unload Semiconductor Line

October 22, 2014 12:00 am | News | Comments

IBM has announced plans to pay Globalfoundries $1.5 billion to take over IBM's global commercial semiconductor technology business, including intellectual property, world-class technologists, and technologies related to IBM Microelectronics. Globalfoundries will also become IBM's exclusive server processor semiconductor technology provider for 22 nanometer, 14nm, and 10nm semiconductors for the next 10 years.

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Creating the Coldest Cubic Meter in the Universe

October 22, 2014 12:00 am | by Jim Shelton, Yale University | News | Comments

The drive to create the coldest cubic meter in the universe may be centered in Italy, but the measurements in this space will depend on instruments developed at Yale University. The international collaboration is based in the cleanroom of the underground Gran Sasso National Laboratory of the Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare.

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See-through Graphene Sensors Open Window to the Brain

October 21, 2014 10:29 am | by Renee Meiller, University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

See-through sensors made of graphene should help neural researchers better view brain activity. Graphene was chosen because of its versatility and biocompatibility, and because it can make the sensors incredibly flexible and transparent because the electronic circuit elements are only 4 atoms thick—an astounding thinness made possible by graphene’s excellent conductive properties.

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Nanotechnology Helps Detect Cancer Earlier

October 21, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

A new medical imaging method being developed at Rutgers University could help physicians detect cancer and other diseases earlier than before, speeding treatment and reducing the need for invasive, time-consuming biopsies. The potentially lifesaving technique uses nanotechnology to reveal small cancerous tumors and cardiovascular lesions deep inside the body.

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Resolving a Major Biological Controversy

October 21, 2014 12:00 am | by Janet Lathrop, UMass Amherst | News | Comments

The claim by microbiologist Derek Lovley and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that the microbe Geobacter produces tiny electrical wires, called microbial nanowires, has been mired in controversy for a decade, but the researchers say a new collaborative study provides stronger evidence than ever to support their claims.

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