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Renewable bioplastics made from squid proteins

December 18, 2014 2:33 pm | News | Comments

At Penn State, a group led by Melik Demirel, professor of engineering science and mechanics, is designing a biodegradable plastic from structural proteins that could help clean up the world's oceans and solve an interesting set of other problems along the way.

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Sensor could improve one of nano research’s most useful microscopes

December 17, 2014 3:31 pm | by Chad Boutin, NIST | News | Comments

Spotting molecule-sized features may become both easier and more accurate with a sensor developed at NIST. With their new design, NIST scientists may have found a way to sidestep some of the problems in calibrating atomic force microscopes (AFMs). The AFM is one of the main scientific workhorses of the nano age.

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Switching to spintronics

December 17, 2014 3:18 pm | by Lynn Yarris, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

In a development that holds promise for future magnetic memory and logic devices, researchers have successfully used an electric field to reverse the magnetization direction in a multiferroic spintronic device at room temperature. This demonstration, which runs counter to conventional scientific wisdom, points a new way towards spintronics and smaller, faster and cheaper ways of storing and processing data.

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Lens-free microscope can detect cancer at the cellular level

December 17, 2014 3:07 pm | by Bill Kisliuk, Univ. of California, Los Angeles | News | Comments

Univ. of California, Los Angeles researchers have developed a lens-free microscope that can be used to detect the presence of cancer or other cell-level abnormalities with the same accuracy as larger and more expensive optical microscopes. The invention could lead to less expensive and more portable technology for performing common examinations of tissue, blood and other biomedical specimens.

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New conversion process turns biomass “waste” into lucrative chemical products

December 17, 2014 2:58 pm | by Elizabeth K. Gardner, Purdue Univ. | Videos | Comments

A new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel. A team of researchers from Purdue Univ.'s Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels, or C3Bio, has developed a process that uses a chemical catalyst and heat to spur reactions that convert lignin into valuable chemical commodities.

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Microscopy pencils patterns in polymers at the nanoscale

December 17, 2014 2:50 pm | by Morgan McCorkle, Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists have used advanced microscopy to carve out nanoscale designs on the surface of a new class of ionic polymer materials for the first time. The study provides new evidence that atomic force microscopy, or AFM, could be used to precisely fabricate materials needed for increasingly smaller devices.

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Study shows how breast cancer cells break free to spread in the body

December 17, 2014 2:41 pm | by Brett Israel, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

More than 90% of cancer-related deaths are caused by the spread of cancer cells from their primary tumor site to other areas of the body. A new study has identified how one important gene helps cancer cells break free from the primary tumor.

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Mistletoe could fight obesity-related liver disease

December 17, 2014 1:27 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Mistletoe hanging in doorways announces that the holidays are just around the corner. For some people, however, the symbolic plant might one day represent more than a kiss at Christmas time: It may mean better liver health. Researchers have found that a compound produced by a particular variety of the plant can help fight obesity-related liver disease in mice.

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December 2014 Issue of R&D Magazine

December 17, 2014 1:20 pm | by R&D Magazine | Digital Editions | Comments

In this month's issue of R&D Magazine we announce and profile the winners of our annual Scientist of the Year and Innovator of the Year awards. We also feature our industry research executive roundtable which shows how changes in the R&D environment are driving research managers to look at different ways to support and grow their organizations. This issue also features articles on energy-efficient labs, modular labs, sensors and dataloggers.

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Chemical Fume Hood

December 17, 2014 11:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Flow Sciences Inc. has introduced the Saf T Flow chemical fume hood series. The hoods are designed to reduce energy costs by 60%. Most fume hoods normally run with a face velocity of 100 fpm. Flow Sciences has reinvented the fume hood by developing a technology that can safely and efficiently remove fumes and protect personnel while operating at a face velocity of 60 fpm.

Advanced Video Extensometer

December 17, 2014 11:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Instron has introduced an advanced video extensometer, the AVE 2, that conforms to the most rigorous testing standards, such as ISO 527, ASTM D3039 and ASTM D638. The second-generation advanced video extensometer utilizes patented measurement technology in the fastest, most accurate non-contacting strain measurement device commercially available.

Accessory for Heating Biological/Chemical Laboratory Samples

December 17, 2014 11:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Techne, a Bibby Scientific brand, has launched its latest offering to assist biological laboratories tasked with heating biological or chemical laboratory samples. The Flexi-block accessory can heat most samples from ambient temperature up to 200 C, including those stored in 0.2-mL, 0.5-mL, 2.0-mL and 5.0-mL microtubes and any diameter test-tube, vial, cuvette or microplate.

Wireless Datalogger

December 17, 2014 11:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering’s OM-CP-RFPRHTEMP2000A Series of wireless dataloggers features wireless two-way communication, real-time data, five year battery life, battery life indicator, audible and LED alarm indicators and cumulative alarm delay.

Software for Administration of FT-NIR Spectrometer Networks

December 17, 2014 11:06 am | Bruker Optics | Product Releases | Comments

Bruker Optics has introduced the new networking software ONET. The software is a server application accessed via a browser-based Web interface (WebUI), allowing users to set up, administrate and control a network of FT-NIR instruments from a central remote location anywhere.

Thermal Camera for Surveillance, Diagnostics

December 17, 2014 10:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sierra-Olympic Technologies has introduced the Viento 640 camera family. The new Viento thermal imager features a 640 x 480 x 17 um uncooled vanadium oxide FPA in either a 30-Hz version, or a 9-Hz version for easier export. Viento 640 delivers high-quality thermal imagery in a rugged package with industry-standard connectors.

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