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‘Shish kebab’ structure provides improved form of buckypaper

Scientists are reporting development of a new form of buckypaper, which eliminates a major drawback of these sheets of carbon nanotubes, with potential uses ranging from body armor to next-generation batteries.

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Will bubble-powered microrockets zoom through the human stomach?

Scientists have developed a new kind of tiny motor that can propel itself through acidic environments, such as the human stomach, without any external energy source, opening the way to a variety of medical and industrial applications.

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Genome Designs, Inc. Receives Seed Financing and Starts Operation

Founded by veterans of Argonne National Lab, NCBI, Integrated Genomics and Ariadne, the company is taking on the challenge of functional annotation of the next-generation sequencing projects for the life science community.

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Scientists make iron transparent

For the first time, an experiment shows that atomic nuclei can become transparent.

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Electronics – the future is flexible

Flexible electronics, now being printed, is the future of new applications in sensors, displays, power and lighting according to experts gathered at the FlexTech Alliance 2012 Flexible Electronics and Displays Conference and Exhibition.

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Elsevier boycott gathers pace

Elsevier boycott gathers pace

Nature News , 09022012 doi: 10.1038/nature.2012.10010

John Whitfield

Rebel academics ponder how to break free of commercial publishers.

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Early humans implicated in Africa’s deforestation

Early humans implicated in Africa’s deforestation

Nature News , 09022012 doi: 10.1038/nature.2012.10011

Katherine Rowland

Climate change alone cannot explain abrupt loss of rainforest 3,000 years ago, study suggests.

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Finding the true value of US climate science

Finding the true value of US climate science

Nature 482, 133 08022012 doi: 10.1038/482133a

Ryan Meyer

A new strategy for addressing climate change takes a realistic approach to the challenge of making science useful, says Ryan Meyer.

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Seven days: 3–9 February 2012

Seven days: 3–9 February 2012

Nature 482, 136 08022012 doi: 10.1038/482136a

The week in science: hope for drilling breakthrough to Antarctic lake; AstraZeneca’s neuroscience cuts; and how land-grabs threaten Africa’s sustainable development.

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Lab flu may not aid vaccines

Lab flu may not aid vaccines

Nature 482, 142 08022012 doi: 10.1038/482142a

Declan Butler

Game-changing vaccine technologies are needed to strengthen global pandemic defences.

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