Under this section you will find links to the original articles and press releases from hand selected science and technology stories from various online sources.  

January  2002


Microbes Turn Mud into Electricity
Will soldiers someday wear vests containing microbes that signal contact with biological weapons? Could un-manned submarines or underwater sensing devices run on microbe-power?
Source: University of Massachusetts.
Method improves inkjet nozzles for printing, manufacturing
Chemical engineers at Purdue University have developed a technique to dramatically reduce the amount of liquid in drops emitted by nozzles such as those used in inkjet printers and for experiments aimed at discovering new drugs.
Source: Purdue University
New method speeds up discovery of materials
A new method promises to change how companies create materials ? using artificial intelligence and a technique that simultaneously tests thousands of formulations ? dramatically speeding up the discovery process.
Source: Purdue University
Mitsui to build carbon nanotube mass-output plant.
Mitsui & Co Ltd, Japan's largest trading house, said that it would build the world's first plant for mass-production of carbon nanotubes, cutting-edge material for use in various industries.
Source: JapanToday
Magnetic refrigerator successfully tested 
Ames Laboratory developments push boundaries of new refrigeration technology.
Instead of ozone-depleting refrigerants and energy-consuming compressors found in conventional vapor-cycle refrigerators, this new style of refrigerator uses gadolinium metal that heats up when exposed to a magnetic field, then cools down when the magnetic field is removed.
Source: Ames Lab

Highlights of the Year
From the first fraction of a second in the universe to brand new materials, physicists have this year peered deeper into nature than ever before. PhysicsWeb selects ten success stories-and a few tragic tales-from 2001
by Katie Pennicott
Source: Physicsweb

Crystal fiber: The fiber of the future?
Danish start-up company Crystal Fibre believes that its technology will revolutionize the telecommunications industry. Nadya Anscombe from Opto & Laser Europe visits the firm to find out about its products and plans for the future.
Source: Opto & Laser Europe

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