Material 40 times harder than diamond discovered

Scientists from Bar-Ilan University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology say that using nanotechnology, they have discovered a material 40 times harder. Professors Eli Altus, Harold Basch and Shmaryahu Hoz, with doctoral student Lior Itzhaki have published their findings in the Internet edition of the world’s most influential chemistry journal, Angewdte Chemie. The team broke …

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Problems with MIT Technology Review article and unproductive attacks of opposing views

Here is a list of the problems with an article by David Rotman called Fictional Science which attacks supporters and those that work towards living forever or self-replicating nanobots: 1. An example of applying logic to parts of the article. Rotman disparage the opinion of “non-researchers” and claim that they should not be given attention. …

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Targeted self-assembly of molecules

Targeted self-assembly could vastly expand the range of structures that could be created from nano-particles. Torquato and colleagues have published a paper in the Nov. 25 issue of Physical Review Letters, the leading physics journal, outlining a mathematical approach that would enable them to produce desired configurations of nanoparticles by manipulating the manner in which …

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