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Vintage of rare wines authenticated by high energy ion beam

Just like works of art, wine is now being subjected to advanced testing to establish its authenticity: after measuring caesium 137 radioactivity levels to test the age of the wine, the glass in vintage wine bottles is now being tested by particle acceleration.

Posted: Sep 4th, 2008

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EU FP7 call for proposal on nanotechnology use for developing biorefineries

The European Commission has published a number of calls for proposals under the specific programmes Cooperation and Capacities of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). One of them is a 'Biorefinery' joint call (two sections), including energy; environment (including climate change); food, agriculture and fisheries, and biotechnology; and nanosciences, nanotechnology, materials and new production technologies.

Posted: Sep 3rd, 2008

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Novel microscope technology uses helium ions instead of electrons

This new microscope technology uses helium ions to generate the signal used to image extremely small objects, a technique analogous to the scanning electron microscope, which was first introduced commercially in the 1960s. Paradoxically, although helium ions are far larger than electrons, they can provide higher resolution images with higher contrast.

Posted: Sep 3rd, 2008

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Tweaking organic semiconductors to control stacking order

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Seoul National University (SNU) have learned how to tweak a new class of polymer-based semiconductors to better control the location and alignment of the components of the blend.

Posted: Sep 3rd, 2008

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New study tackles potential impact of inhaled nanometals

Three Johns Hopkins University researchers affiliated with the Institute for NanoBioTechnology hope to gain some insight by studying the ability of nanometals to access lung tissues, their potential to trigger pro-inflammatory reactions by cells that line the lung airways, and even the extent to which workers are exposed in a nanomaterials manufacturing setting.

Posted: Sep 3rd, 2008

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