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January 16, 2009
Short Items: Viral NMR, Alarming Rings, Cheap Reading, Etc.
From PNAS, here’s an ingenious method that’s allowed NMR-based imaging of particles as small as viruses. I didn’t even think that this was possible – so now that it is, look for all kinds of variations on it over the next few years, as is the way of NMR techniques. Single-cell MRI? As the authors (from IBM) point out, this is a sudden 100-million-fold improvement in volume resolution compared to conventional NMR. It always makes me smile to see that things like this can happen.
This one should go into my “Things I Won’t Work With” folder immediately. Courtesy of Pat Dussault, whose lab has been turning out alarming stuff like this for some years now, we have six-membered rings made up of two carbons and four oxygens. There is no way to do that without putting on protective gear, needless to say – the only question is which stylish ensemble to wear.
James Tour unveils the off-road version of the nanocar.
And finally, I wanted to pass along this scientific reading suggestion to everyone. If you’re into magnetic resonance properties of silicon isotopes, you can read the book. After all, the list price is only $8539.00 (and don't forget, it's eligible for Free Super Saver Shipping!) But the rest of us can enjoy the Amazon reviews, which range from very satisfied customers (“My only question was whether one copy would be enough”) to very unsatisfied indeed. . .
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