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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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Nanoplasmonic biosensors compatible with artificial cell membranes

Chalmers researcher Andreas Dahlin has developed a biosensor with an artificial membrane, which means that membrane-bound proteins can retain their natural structure and function. The method facilitates the study of the function of the proteins, which could be of major significance in the search for new drugs.

Posted: Dec 9th, 2008

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Russia gets tough on nano 'thieves'

In a sign the government might be taking nanomania a bit too seriously, Nanotechnology Corporation chief Anatoly Chubais rolled out plans last week for a war on nanothieves - companies who inaccurately use the 'nano' prefix to hawk wares ranging from breast implants to concrete.

Posted: Dec 9th, 2008

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