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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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Researchers find that polarization changes at the nanoscale

How small is too small to be useful? Researchers at North Carolina State University have done nanoscale analysis on ferroelectric thin films - materials that are used in electronic devices from computer memories to iPhones and polarize when exposed to an electric charge - and found that when it comes to polarization, both size and location matter.

Posted: Sep 8th, 2008

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Watchdog group slams FDA for continued delay and inaction

The Food and Drug Administration came under heavy fire today at a meeting it held to once again solicit comments regarding the agency?s oversight of nanomaterials. A coalition of nonprofit consumer and environmental groups accused the agency of being derelict in its duty to protect Americans from harmful products.

Posted: Sep 8th, 2008

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