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Boron nanotubes could outperform carbon

Carbon may be losing its monopoly over the nanoworld. According to the latest calculations, tubes built out of the element boron could have many of the same properties as carbon nanotubes.

Posted: Jan 4th, 2008

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The problem with pseudosciences

There is an interesting article on the CSI (Committee for Sceptical Inquiry) website about a broad range of assessments from CSICOP panelists of pseudoscience and the paranormal in education, the media, and public perception.

Posted: Jan 4th, 2008

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Harvesting the sun's energy with nanoantennas

Researchers are developing a novel way to collect energy from the sun with a technology that could potentially cost pennies a yard, be imprinted on flexible materials and still draw energy after the sun has set.

Posted: Jan 4th, 2008

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Light from crystals

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors has carried out pioneering work in the development of thin-film LEDs - supported by Fraunhofer researchers from Jena.

Posted: Jan 4th, 2008

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Key plank of theoretical chemistry rescued

Theoretical chemists can breathe a tentative sigh of relief after the publication of a 'beautiful' study which shows that a cornerstone of their discipline seems to be intact - despite earlier evidence to the contrary.

Posted: Jan 3rd, 2008

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A crystal that Nature may have missed

For centuries, human beings have been entranced by the captivating glimmer of the diamond. What accounts for the stunning beauty of this most precious gem? As mathematician Toshikazu Sunada explains in an article appearing today in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society, some secrets of the diamond's beauty can be uncovered by a mathematical analysis of its microscopic crystal structure.

Posted: Jan 3rd, 2008

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US National Nanotechnology Initiative releases new strategic plan

A new strategic plan for the work of the National Nanotechnology Initiative has just been released by the interagency Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on Technology with support from the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office.

Posted: Jan 2nd, 2008

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Artificial viral shells could be useful nano-containers

Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and The Scripps Research Institute in California are designing an artificial viral shell as a valuable nano-container for pinpoint drug delivery, molecular computing components, and a host of other applications.

Posted: Jan 2nd, 2008

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