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December 6th, 2010

Science journals round-up

Abstract:
Science journals unleash tip sheets on reporters weekly, describing potentially newsworthy results from their upcoming studies.

Here's a look back at some of the week's past tip sheet items -- ones that some prominent journals liked -- with the results described in their own words.

NATURE (quoted from abstracts)

From a nanoscience review by Philip Shapira of the University of Manchester and Jue Wang of the Florida International University: "Nanotechnology has had a decade of growth. Flat public spending and competition from other emerging technologies suggest that nanotechnology funding, in the United States and Europe at least, is unlikely to rise at the same pace in the next few years. So how should stakeholders continue to increase the quality and industrial applications of nanotechnology research? One way would be to foster more high-quality international collaborations, perhaps by opening funding competitions to international researchers and by offering travel and mobility awards for domestic researchers to increase alliances with colleagues in other countries."

SCIENCE

In Extreme Temperatures, Still Sticky and Stretchy: Working with carbon nanotubes, researchers have developed a material with the slow-flowing behavior of a thick liquid, like honey, but also the recoverable stretchiness of elastic—and they say it works over an exceptionally wide temperature range. Such a material is said to be "viscoelastic," and Ming Xu and colleagues report that their new viscoelastic material maintains its unique properties from -196 to 1,000 degrees Celsius.

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