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+ - Iron Nanospheres Turn Plants Into Plastics->

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labnet writes: A new type of catalyst made of iron nanoparticles enables the efficient conversion of non-food plant waste into the key components of materials such as plastics, medicines, and paint. The catalyst was developed by chemists at Utrecht University in The Netherlands, together with Dow Chemical's Benelux operation and Delft University of Technology.
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+ - Single ion clock 100 times more accurate than atomic clock->

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labnet writes: From news.com.au :

University of New South Wales School of Physics professor Victor Flambaum has found a method of timekeeping nearly 100 times more accurate than the best atomic clocks. By using the orbit of a neutron around an atomic nucleus he says the system stays accurate to within 1/20th of a second over billions of years. Although perhaps not for daily use, the technology could prove valuable in science experiments where chronological accuracy is paramount, Prof Flambaum said.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/technology/sci-tech/nucelar-clock-100-times-more-accurate-than-atomic-clock/story-fn5fsgyc-1226297068083#ixzz1osFDYtyb
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+ - RFID Patent wars

Submitted by labnet
labnet writes: RFID is starting to gain serious traction since WalMart mandated its use in their back end delivery sytems (RFID at the pallet level). Now a Ronald Bormaster is claiming "a patent application for an inventory-control system using radio frequency identification".. including things like livestock (which in many countries has been used to inventory animals since last century). He is now suing Wal-Mart, Gillette, Michelin, Home Depot, Target and Pfizer.

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