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June 2001

From David Bradley Science Writer and
Advanced Chemistry Development

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A crush on nitrogen  One of the more mundane seeming elements, nitrogen, can, when pressurized, form a semiconductor material. So say researchers at the Carnegie Institution of Washington writing in a short communication in Nature.

Raw deal for smokers  You either love it or hate it, but either way it seems that eating the Japanese favorite, sushi, could cut your risk of lung cancer, especially if you're a smoker.

Down the tubes US researchers are using the principle of molecular self-assembly to build nanoscale structures with specific dimensions and chemical properties. The resulting nanotubes could find applications in molecular wiring and other components for nanometer-sized electronic devices, new smart materials and in novel drug-delivery systems.

Protein for a longer life Forget vitamin supplements and anti-wrinkle creams, Tom Kirkwood's group at Newcastle University have found a way of enhancing nature's genome repair toolkit.
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