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Latest gecko-like adhesive cleans itself without need for water or chemicals

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, are continuing their march toward creating a synthetic, gecko-like adhesive, one sticky step at a time. Their latest milestone is the first adhesive that cleans itself after each use without the need for water or chemicals, much like the remarkable hairs found on the gecko lizard's toes.

Posted: Sep 10th, 2008

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Scientists find new mechanism for hydrogen bonds

Bernd Winter and colleagues, from BESSY, Max-Born-Institut, Uppsala University, and MPI fuer Dynamik und Selbstorganisation, report how water solvates its intrinsic hydroxide (OH-) anion. Unraveling this behavior is important to advance the understanding of aqueous chemistry and biology.

Posted: Sep 9th, 2008

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Widespread use of nanosilver challenges regulatory agencies

Widespread use of nanoscale silver will challenge regulatory agencies to balance important potential benefits against the possibility of significant environmental risk, highlighting the need to identify research priorities concerning this emerging technology, according to a new report.

Posted: Sep 9th, 2008

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