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Green gasoline from sugar

Following independent paths of investigation, two research teams are announcing this month that they have successfully converted sugar-potentially derived from agricultural waste and non-food plants-into gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and a range of other valuable chemicals.

Posted: Sep 18th, 2008

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Scientists produce first high-density gas of ultracold molecules

Scientists at JILA, a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)and the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder), have applied their expertise in ultracold atoms and lasers to produce the first high-density gas of ultracold molecules - two different atoms bonded together - that are both stable and capable of strong interactions.

Posted: Sep 18th, 2008

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Colloids twist like DNA

French scientists have used magnetic colloids to make self-assembling, helical structures reminiscent of DNA.

Posted: Sep 18th, 2008

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Better auto design by unlocking secret of sea shells

A two-year grant is allowing researchers at UCR?s Bourns College of Engineering to unlock the secrets behind the enormous strength of the inner pearly layer (nacre) of the abalone shell so it can be replicated in man-made materials.

Posted: Sep 17th, 2008

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New method to rapidly and inexpensively copy biological surface structures

Someday, your car might have the metallic finish of some insects or the deep black of a butterfly's wing, and the reflectors might be patterned on the nanostructure of a fly's eyes, according to Penn State researchers who have developed a method to rapidly and inexpensively copy biological surface structures.

Posted: Sep 17th, 2008

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Light and electrons cooperate in single nanostructure

Light hitting a surface creates very different kinds of disturbances depending on whether it's a metal or a semiconductor. But combining these two materials in a single nanostructure could lead to devices that benefit from the best properties of each.

Posted: Sep 17th, 2008

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