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Measurements recast usual view of elusive force

Physicists have demonstrated that the warmer a surface is, the stronger its subtle ability to attract nearby atoms, a finding that could affect the design of devices that rely on small-scale interactions, such as atom chips, nanomachines, and MEMS.

Posted: Feb 7th, 2007

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Why soft matter matters

At the interface between chemistry, physics and biology, a new field of research has established itself during the last three decades or so, which by its followers is simply and lovingly called soft matter.

Posted: Feb 6th, 2007

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Cleaner fuel through nanotechnology

Researchers showed for the first time that not only the size, but also the shape of the particle matters for the catalytic potential in fuel desulphurisation.

Posted: Feb 6th, 2007

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New UN report demands tighter controls on nanotechnology

The report concludes that nanotechnology will bring environmental benefits but it is vital that we adopt appropriate assessment and legislative processes to address the unique challenges presented by nanomaterials and their life cycles.

Posted: Feb 5th, 2007

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