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New CD_ROM database contains 21,000 evaluated phase diagrams of ceramic systems

The American Ceramic Society and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have just released ACerS-NIST Phase Equilibria Diagrams CD-ROM Database (Version 3.2). The new version contains more than 21,000 evaluated phase diagrams of ceramic systems such as oxides, salts, carbides, nitrides, boride, compound semiconductors and chalcogenides, and features over 1,000 new diagrams.

Posted: Dec 10th, 2008

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U.S. panel blasts federal nanotechnology risk research strategy

A National Research Council (NRC) committee today issued a highly critical report describing serious shortfalls in the Bush administration's strategy to better understand the environment, health and safety (EHS) risks of nanotechnology and to effectively manage those potential risks.

Posted: Dec 10th, 2008

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Tiny delivery system with a big impact on cancer cells

Researchers at Penn State University are reporting for the first time that nanoparticles encapsulating an experimental anticancer agent, kill human melanoma and drug-resistant breast cancer cells growing in laboratory cultures.

Posted: Dec 10th, 2008

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Achieving a 'holg grail' of experimental nuclear physics

With help from newly developed equipment designed and built at Michigan State University, MSU researchers have been able to make first-of-its-kind measurements of several rare nuclei, one of which has been termed a 'holy grail' of experimental nuclear physics.

Posted: Dec 9th, 2008

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Carbon nanofibers cut flammability of upholstered furniture

Carbon, the active ingredient in charcoal, is normally not considered a fire retardant, but researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have determined that adding a small amount of carbon nanofibers to the polyurethane foams used in some upholstered furniture can reduce flammability by about 35 percent when compared to foam infused with conventional fire retardants.

Posted: Dec 9th, 2008

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NSF early career award for nanotechnology projects

Southern Methodist University chemist Brent Sumerlin has earned a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award, given to junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars in American colleges and universities.

Posted: Dec 9th, 2008

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