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Nanoparticles affect pollutant toxicity

Other organic (carbon-based) chemicals are known to have an effect on the toxicity of pollutants to plant and animal life. But nanoparticles like C60 have unique and altered properties compared to larger particles, and so they may have a very different effect on the toxicity and availability of pollutant molecules. The nanoparticles themselves may also be inherently toxic.

Posted: Mar 7th, 2008

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Researchers engineer new polymers to change their stiffness and strength when exposed to liquids

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the departments of macromolecular science and engineering and biomedical engineering at the Case School of Engineering and the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center has published ground-breaking work on a new type of polymer that displays chemoresponsive mechanic adaptability - meaning the polymer can change from hard to soft plastic and vice versa in seconds when exposed to liquid.

Posted: Mar 6th, 2008

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54th ISA International Instrumentation Symposium

Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries, Test Measurement, and Process Measurement and Control Divisions of ISA, the 54th International Instrumentation Symposium will feature five training courses, innovative paper presentations, and a forum for discussion of instrumentation techniques. The symposium will be held 5-8 May at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front in Pensacola Beach, Florida.

Posted: Mar 6th, 2008

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Nanoscale tool allows scientists to study membrane proteins one at a time

Researchers at Rockefeller University have now created a tiny tool, more than 10,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair, capable of encasing single membrane proteins from living cells. The new system, which resembles a nanoscale sushi roll, will allow investigators to individually stimulate these key proteins with specific molecules and signals in order to precisely define the biological reactions that result.

Posted: Mar 6th, 2008

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Tuberculosis bacterium is double-protected

The first 3-D images that disclosure a double membrane surrounding mycobacteria were recorded by Martinsried scientists, ending a long scientific debate about the mycobacterial outer membrane and opening new pathways to improve the development of chemotherapeutic substances against tuberculosis.

Posted: Mar 6th, 2008

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Japan's goverment to evaluate safety of nanomaterials

Japan's Ministry of Health, Lobour and Welfare held the first meeting of study groups on the safety of nanomaterials such as carbon nanotube and fullerene at a joint government building in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, March 3, 2008.

Posted: Mar 6th, 2008

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