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June 16, 2008

Nanotubes Used to Detect Deadly Gas

Using carbon nanotubes, MIT chemical engineers have built the most sensitive electronic detector yet for sensing deadly gases such as the nerve agent sarin. The tiny super-sensitive detectors use very little power. More

September 10, 2008

How long would it take the LHC to defrost a pizza?

From Scientific American, 60-Second Science Blog 9/10/08:

"Forget black holes. Here's the real question about the Large Hadron Collider: How fast could it defrost a pizza?

The forward thinking editors at Scientific American was all over this question in the June 2007 issue. Our staff made an estimate based on the rate and energy of particle collisions when the machine's two beams meet head on. (SA actually considered lead ion beams—which the LHC will begin circulating in a few years—which would impart more energy than colliding protons.) "... (continued)

Complete article: http://www.sciam.com/blog/60-second-science/post.cfm?id=how-long-would-it-take-the-lhc-to-d-2008-09-10

October 20, 2008

Buckypaper - the future for planes and cars?

Researchers at Florida State's High-Performance Materials Institute are taking the discovery of buckypaper to the manufacturing arena. Currently only reproducible in the laboratory, they are on a fast track to develop a less costly means to make the thin carbon nanotube film for use in future manufacturing of planes and automobiles. They anticipate having products on the market within the next 12 months.

Full article:
http://www.physorg.com/news7435.html

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