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Carbon nanotube-infused clothing may protect against chemical weapons

Nerve agents are among the world's most feared chemical weapons, but scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have demonstrated a way to engineer carbon nanotubes to dismantle the molecules of a major class of these chemicals. In principle, they say, the nanotubes could be woven into clothing that destroys the nerve agents on contact before they reach the skin.

Posted: May 7th, 2014

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Organic crystal demonstrates superelasticity

Not only rubber is elastic: There is also another, completely different form of elasticity known as superelasticity. This phenomenon results from a change in crystal structure and was previously only found in alloys and certain inorganic materials. A Japanese scientist has now introduced the first superelastic organic compound.

Posted: May 7th, 2014

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Students build carbon nanostructures in hypergravity

A Spin Your Thesis! experiment has shown that carbon nano materials are built differently under conditions of hypergravity. These results are useful for understanding the synthesis of carbon nano structures and the behaviour of gliding arc discharges.

Posted: May 7th, 2014

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Spotting phase changes triggered by impurities

'What a curious feeling', says Alice in Lewis Carroll's tale, as she shrinks to a fraction of her size, and everything around her suddenly looks totally unfamiliar. Scientists too have to get used to these curious feelings when they examine matter on tiny scales and at low temperatures: all the behavior we are used to seeing around us is turned on its head.

Posted: May 7th, 2014

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Antifungals go nano

Cationic small molecules hold great potential for preventing and treating fungal infections.

Posted: May 7th, 2014

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DNA nanotechnology clamping down on cancer-causing mutations

An international research team has built molecular 'clamps' out of DNA that offer a powerful new tool for identifying individuals with an increased risk of cancer. The clamp is capable of detecting genetic mutations, associated with cancer and other genetic diseases, with better specificity and affinity than more traditional techniques.

Posted: May 6th, 2014

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