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Two catalysts better than one

US researchers have cracked a long standing problem in chemical synthesis - the catalytic alpha-alkylation of aldehydes - by combining two catalysts in one pot.

Posted: Sep 4th, 2008

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How to effectively manage innovation like nanotechnology

How does one predict and direct something that is by nature unpredictable and, by necessity, often undirected? According to David Guston, who is co-director of ASU?s Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes and a professor of political science, it is by strengthening society?s ability to nurture and guide innovation within socially acceptable frameworks.

Posted: Sep 4th, 2008

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Azaya licenses University of Texas nanotechnology to develop cancer treatment

A drug delivery system the size of a millionth of a centimeter could hold the key to more effective treatments of cancerous tumors. San Antonio researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center and homegrown biotech firm Azaya Therapeutics Inc. have teamed up to test the new technology in humans and to bring it to the market.

Posted: Sep 4th, 2008

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New $18.5 m projects seeks to develop biodegradable metal implant devices

The devices will be designed to adapt to physical changes in a patient's body and dissolve once they have healed, reducing the follow-up surgeries and potential complications of major orthopedic, craniofacial, and cardiovascular procedures and sparing millions of patients worldwide added pain and medical expenses.

Posted: Sep 4th, 2008

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Do 68 molecules hold the key to understanding disease?

Why is it that the origins of many serious diseases remain a mystery? In considering that question, a scientist at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has come up with a unified molecular view of the indivisible unit of life, the cell, which may provide an answer.

Posted: Sep 4th, 2008

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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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