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Nanotechnology gets wooden planes airborne again

Wired is carrying a story on how researchers in Canada have unveiled plans for a factory that will use nanotechnology to extract cellulose from wood and use it to form composite materials for airplanes.

Posted: Apr 17th, 2009

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Metabolic fingerprinting

Recent advances in DNA sequencing have made it relatively easy to acquire the full genotype of an individual, but it is equally important to match those genes to their functions. One useful step is to build up a 'metabolic phenotype' outlining all the processes operating to sustain the individual?s life.

Posted: Apr 16th, 2009

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Carbon nanotubes catalyst research could lead to cleaner fuels

Among their many other interesting properties, carbon nanotubes have been found to act as catalysts for some important chemical reactions, including some that could be used to make cleaner fuels. Researchers have now pinpointed unique sites where the reactions take place on single-walled nanotubes.

Posted: Apr 16th, 2009

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Combining nanoparticles with a scorpion venom slows brain cancer

By combining nanoparticles with a scorpion venom compound already being investigated for treating brain cancer, University of Washington researchers found they could cut the spread of cancerous cells by 98 percent, compared to 45 percent for the scorpion venom alone.

Posted: Apr 16th, 2009

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