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Researchers glimpse distortions in atomic structure of materials

Researchers are using a technique they developed to observe minute distortions in the atomic structure of complex materials, shedding light on what causes these distortions and opening the door to studies on how such atomic-scale variations can influence a material's properties.

Posted: Feb 13th, 2015

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Toxicity mitigation of nanomaterials used in inks and pigments using novel surface modification strategies (webinar)

Since 2012, the NanoMICEX project has been investigating ways to mitigate the risk and control workers' exposure to nanomaterials used in the inks and pigments industry. The project is nearing completion, and it is keen to share its knowledge with industrial stakeholders, scientists and policy-makers on how it has mitigated risks commonly faced in the sector.

Posted: Feb 13th, 2015

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Seeing through sparklers

Scientists used a SuperSTEM electron microscope to study why brown colour occurs in diamonds and what happens to heat-treated stones.

Posted: Feb 13th, 2015

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Nanotechnology in dentistry - applications, hazards, benefits

Interest in the use of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) as either nanomedicines or dental materials/devices in clinical dentistry is growing. This new review paper details the ultrafine structure, chemical composition, and reactivity of dental tissues in the context of interactions with ENMs, including the saliva, pellicle layer, and oral biofilm; then describes the applications of ENMs in dentistry in context with beneficial clinical outcomes versus potential risks.

Posted: Feb 13th, 2015

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Exotic states materialize with supercomputers

Scientists used supercomputers to find a new class of materials that possess an exotic state of matter known as the quantum spin Hall effect. The researchers propose a new type of transistor made from these materials.

Posted: Feb 12th, 2015

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Data-storage for eternity

How can we preserve our knowledge today for the next millennia? Researchers have found a way to store information in the form of DNA, preserving it for nearly an eternity.

Posted: Feb 12th, 2015

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Getting in shape - how to create non-spherical particles

New research looks at how to create various non-spherical particles by releasing droplets of molten wax into a cool liquid bath. The physics behind this research shows how a range of non-spherical shapes can be produced and replicated with many possible industrial applications.

Posted: Feb 12th, 2015

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