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Ball lightning - a cloud of nanobatteries

According to a new model, the processes of electrochemical oxidation within separate aerosol particles are the basis for the phenomenon of ball lightning, which is a cloud of composite nano or submicron particles, where each particle is a spontaneously formed nanobattery which is short-circuited by the surface discharge because it is of such a small size.

Sep 8th, 2007

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Balzan Prize 2007 for nanoscience awarded

One of the four International Balzan Prizes 2007, which have a prize fund of CHF 1 million ($1.2 million), is to be awarded for research in the area of nanoscience to Sumio Iijima, Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan.

Sep 5th, 2007

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