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New insight into the origins of friction

A team of researchers pushing nanometer-sized metal blocks across an ultra-clean graphite surface reports that some of them skate freely, while others resist. The results support a theory that friction arises only when extra atoms get trapped between the surfaces.

Posted: Sep 19th, 2008

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World's thinnest balloon is one atom thick

Using a lump of graphite, a piece of Scotch tape and a silicon wafer, Cornell researchers have created a balloonlike membrane that is just one atom thick - but strong enough to contain gases under several atmospheres of pressure without popping.

Posted: Sep 19th, 2008

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Genetics testing with lab-on-chip device

Using new 'lab on a chip' technology, James Landers hopes to create a hand-held device that may eventually allow physicians, crime scene investigators, pharmacists, even the general public to quickly and inexpensively conduct DNA tests from almost anywhere, without need for a complex and expensive central laboratory.

Posted: Sep 19th, 2008

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Nanotechnology showcase event in London

This is a free dissemination and public dialogue showcase event looking at what is happening in the UK in the area of Nanotechnology research, development and application.

Posted: Sep 19th, 2008

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