Monthly Archives: July 2011

Cracking diamonds reveals continental origins

An analysis of the mineral inclusions in diamonds dredged up by eruptions from deep within the Earth has allowed scientists to get a handle on when the process of plate tectonics began. Trapped within the diamonds are tiny inclusions, the …

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A definitive Periodic Table?

My recent Research Highlight on ChemistryViews.org about the nature of the Periodic Table of the Elements attracted a lot of readers and has stimulated an ongoing debate among those arguing as to whether or not there is a definitive format …

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Down to earth with nanotechnology

Emilie Bigorgne of the Université Paul Verlaine – Metz and colleagues suggest that the increasing production of nanomaterials will in turn increase the release of nanosized by-products to the environment. Whether or not these particles will accumulate or be degraded …

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Potato genome sequenced by international team

Potato genome sequenced by international team – An international team has uncovered the full DNA sequence of the potato for the first time, the journal Nature reports. Chemist and writer Robert Slinn gives us his Slinn Pickings from the world …

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Efficient enzyme-free copying of all four nucleobases templated by immobilized RNA

Efficient enzyme-free copying of all four nucleobases templated by immobilized RNA – Efficient enzyme-free copying of all four nucleobases templated by immobilized RNA. Chemist and writer Robert Slinn gives us his Slinn Pickings from the world of chemistry.

Microscopic paper chase

Microscopic paper chase – While countless laboratories around the world are looking to novel composites and sophisticated materials, at least one research team hopes to develop technology based on more seemingly mundane and readily available materials, such as paper. Now, …

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