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December 15, 2009 11:50 PM Subscribe
Nanoparticles often get a bad rap in popular media. From discredited scenarios (grey goo
) to more plausible concerns (cancer
), often the emphasis in reporting is on its risks rather than its potential rewards. But this has been a good week for the tiny science.
The discovery at Harvard of a new technique for making alcohol esters at room temperature with gold nanoparticles may result in much cleaner, greener fabric production
A new method of gel electrophoresis patented by researchers at Bath University creates a molecular sieve
to sort proteins by size and shape, raising the possibility of a blood test for Alzheimers or similar conditions.
And a group at MIT have performed analyses
on a new way to create stable Casimir molecules
that could potentially solve problems that have hindered the creation of complex moving nanostructures.