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April 28/May 5, 2008

Pond scum ethanol

A blue-green algae that's genetically modified to include genes from a cellulose-producing bacteria promises to turn pond scum into an efficient, inexpensive source of feedstock for producing ethanol. [more]

Off-the-shelf nanoparticles

A library of more than 1,200 nanoparticles opens the way for researchers to select particles for delivering drugs, matching particle properties to drug and target disease rather than building a nanoparticle from scratch. [more]

Quartz keeps nanotubes in line

A recipe for growing single-walled carbon nanotubes on quartz surfaces yields relatively dense arrays of long, parallel nanotubes. [more]

More accurate ions

A prototype quantum computer made from a pair of trapped ions achieves a fidelity of 99.3 percent for logic operations involving entangling the two quantum bits. [more]

Opaque ghosts

The technique of taking pictures by pointing a digital camera at the light source shining on an object rather than the object itself, dubbed ghost imaging, extends to opaque objects. [more]

Lighting virtual fog

Virtual heavy metal bands, rejoice! A more efficient version of software that accurately simulates light shining in fog, smoke and clouds means that realistic special effects could be more widely available for use in movies and video games. [more]


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April 25, 2008
Sulfur stinks
The idea of spewing sulfur particles into the stratosphere to counter global warming just seems wrong on the face of it. [more]

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Evolution, the software

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The brain knows

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As Pollock as you wannabe

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