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Researchers build atomically thin gas and chemical sensors

03-Mar-2015

The relatively recent discovery of graphene, a two-dimensional layered material with unusual and attractive electronic, optical and thermal properties, led scientists to search for other atomically thin materials with unique properties.Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) has proved to be one of the most ...

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Optical nanoantennas set the stage for a NEMS lab-on-a-chip revolution

26-Feb-2015

Newly developed tiny antennas, likened to spotlights on the nanoscale, offer the potential to measure food safety, identify pollutants in the air and even quickly diagnose and treat cancer, according to the Australian scientists who created them. The new antennas are cubic in shape. They do a ...

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Asphaltene analysis takes a giant step

Rice researchers develop accurate measure of aggregating particles that block oil production lines

26-Feb-2015

Rice University researchers have developed an easy and accurate technique to detect and quantify the amount of asphaltene precipitated from crude oils, which bedevils the oil industry by clogging wells and flow lines.Asphaltene is a complex of hydrocarbon molecules found in crude. As the name ...

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Turning smartphones into personal, real-time pollution monitors

23-Feb-2015

As urban residents know, air quality is a big deal. When local pollution levels go up, the associated health risks also increase, especially for children and seniors. But air pollution varies widely over the course of a day and by location, even within the same city. Now scientists, reporting in ...

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Scientists get first glimpse of a chemical bond being born

A fundamental advance has big implications for making chemistry more efficient

16-Feb-2015

Scientists have used an X-ray laser at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to get the first glimpse of the transition state where two atoms begin to form a weak bond on the way to becoming a molecule. This fundamental advance, reported Feb. 12 in Science Express and ...

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Eurofins acquires BioDiagnostics, Inc.

12-Feb-2015

Eurofins Scientific announces the acquisition of BioDiagnostics Inc. (BDI), seed and plant-tissue testing laboratories serving the agricultural industry in the US.Founded in 1996, BDI employs 120 staff at its laboratory in River Falls, WI. BDI offers genetic, seed quality, as well as analytical ...

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Mutation detection in human in vitro fertilized embryos using whole-genome sequencing

12-Feb-2015

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is used in fertility clinics to detect large chromosomal abnormalities or genetic mutations passed on by parents to their in vitro fertilized (IVF) embryos. However, it is not possible to comprehensively scan the embryo's genome to detect spontaneous ...

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Eurofins acquires of Boston Heart Diagnostics Corporation

04-Feb-2015

Eurofins Scientific announces the successful closing of the transaction to acquire Boston Heart Diagnostics Corp. (Boston Heart) following review and approval from relevant regulatory bodies.Eurofins signed an agreement to acquire Boston Heart for an initial cash amount US$140 million, plus an ...

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Detecting chemical weapons with a color-changing film

02-Feb-2015

In today's world, in which the threat of terrorism looms, there is an urgent need for fast, reliable tools to detect the release of deadly chemical warfare agents (CWAs). In the journal ACS Macro Letters, scientists are reporting new progress toward thin-film materials that could rapidly change ...

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First-ever view of protein structure may lead to better anxiety drugs

02-Feb-2015

When new medicines are invented, the drug may hit the intended target and nullify the symptoms, but nailing a bull's eye - one that produces zero side effects - can be quite elusive. New research conducted at Michigan State University and published in Science has, for the first time, revealed the ...

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