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New alloys offer alternative to chrome

Researchers have developed a new nickel-tungsten alloy that is not only safer than chrome but also more durable. The new coating, which is now being tested on the bumpers of a truck fleet, could also replace chrome in faucet fixtures and engine parts, among other applications.

May 19th, 2009

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Russian government takes aim at nanotechnology sector

After getting rapped by President Dmitry Medvedev earlier this month, the State Nanotechnology Corporation was once again criticized by a top government official on Tuesday, as Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov accused the company of 'lagging behind' in realizing its goals.

May 19th, 2009

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Metamaterials: Critique and Alternatives

In Metamaterials, Professor Munk, a leading expert on periodic structures, denies the existence of negative refraction and provides convincing alternative explanations involving surface waves to some of the experimental examples of metamaterials in the literature.

May 19th, 2009

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Microorganisms produce eco-friendly plastics

Scientists are looking to microorganisms to pick up the slack and help produce environmentally friendly plastics, according to research presented today at the 109th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

May 19th, 2009

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UK experts drive nanotechnology debate at BIO 2009

At this year's BIO conference in Atlanta, UK scientists and biotech experts will lead debate on how to drive the development of nanotechnology and maximise its potential to speed up drug discovery and create and enhance patient therapies.

May 18th, 2009

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