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Escape from frustration - when the bonds between atoms suddenly alter

Researchers from RIKEN's Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science in Wako, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Hyogo and Kyoto University, have uncovered an intriguing interplay between the arrangement of atomic spins and atomic interactions in the metallic compound Mo3Sb7.

Posted: Jan 23rd, 2009

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New portable device detects Salmonella in under an hour

IIK4 Technological Alliance has designed a low-cost, rapid diagnostic device for detecting the presence of Salmonella spp. and other bacteria in less than one hour, a much shorter time than current systems. Unlike others, this project used clinical samples directly, without prior treatment in a laboratory.

Posted: Jan 22nd, 2009

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Semi-conducting nanotubes produced in quantity

After announcing last April a method for growing exceptionally long, straight, numerous and well-aligned carbon cylinders only a few atoms thick, a Duke University-led team of chemists has now modified that process to create exclusively semiconducting versions of these single-walled carbon nanotubes.

Posted: Jan 21st, 2009

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