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World's thinnest balloon is one atom thick

Using a lump of graphite, a piece of Scotch tape and a silicon wafer, Cornell researchers have created a balloonlike membrane that is just one atom thick - but strong enough to contain gases under several atmospheres of pressure without popping.

Posted: Sep 19th, 2008

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Genetics testing with lab-on-chip device

Using new 'lab on a chip' technology, James Landers hopes to create a hand-held device that may eventually allow physicians, crime scene investigators, pharmacists, even the general public to quickly and inexpensively conduct DNA tests from almost anywhere, without need for a complex and expensive central laboratory.

Posted: Sep 19th, 2008

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Nanotechnology showcase event in London

This is a free dissemination and public dialogue showcase event looking at what is happening in the UK in the area of Nanotechnology research, development and application.

Posted: Sep 19th, 2008

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European research project turns plant cells into medical factories

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland will coordinate the large EU research project called SmartCell. The four-year project focuses on developing methods for production of valuable pharmaceutical compounds using plant cells as a production host in an effective and controlled manner.

Posted: Sep 19th, 2008

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Scientists discover an exotic relative of the proton

It's not every day that scientists discover a new particle of matter. Florida State University physicists were part of just such a historic event recently while collaborating with researchers from 18 countries at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab).

Posted: Sep 18th, 2008

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Fullerenes high potential to accumulate in living tissue

Research at Purdue University suggests synthetic carbon molecules called fullerenes, or buckyballs, have a high potential of being accumulated in animal tissue, but the molecules also appear to break down in sunlight, perhaps reducing their possible environmental dangers.

Posted: Sep 18th, 2008

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