Archive: 10/12/2006

Chemists reinvent the science and industry of making plastics

Chemists at the University of Pennsylvania have created a new process for free radical polymerization, the chemical reaction responsible for creating an enormous array of everyday plastic products, from Styrofoam cups to ...

Oct 12, 2006
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How can we make nanoscale capacitors even smaller?

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have discovered what limits our ability to reduce the size of capacitors, often the largest components in integrated circuits, down to the nanoscale. They have answered a 45-year old question: ...

Oct 12, 2006
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New motor first to be powered by living bacteria

A new motor designed by scientists from Japan offers the best of both worlds: the living and the non-living. The group built a hybrid micromachine that is powered by gliding bacteria which travels on an inorganic ...

Oct 12, 2006 feature
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Flies in a spider's web: Galaxy caught in the making

In nature spiders earn our respect by constructing fascinating, well-organised webs in all shapes and sizes. But the beauty masks a cruel, fatal trap. Analogously, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has found ...

Oct 12, 2006
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