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New division for Australia's materials industry

Materials World magazine
Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has launched a Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE) division to help the country’s manufacturing industry become globally competitive. The division combines most of CSIRO materials chemistry, materials physics and materials engineering research into one body.
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Environmental debate on biopolymers and biodegradable plastics

Materials World magazine
A seminar on Biopolymers and Biodegradable Plastics, in London, UK, on 3 October 2007, discussed the momentum for bioplastics and the reality of their environmental credentials.
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Scholarship initiative for science undergraduates

Materials World magazine
Queen's University Belfast, UK, has launched a scholarship scheme that will make a one-off payment of £1,000 to all new undergraduates who receive straight As in their ‘A' levels and enrol on science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)-related degree programmes in 2008. The initiative is intended to attract more high quality graduates, amid concerns about the national decline in numbers enrolling on STEM courses.

Spectroscopy influences nanoscale electronics design

Materials World magazine
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) USA, in conjunction with IBM and MIT are using a spectroscopic technique to characterise magnetic structures of nanoscale thin films. These results could influence the design of nanoscale electronics.

Gene therapy with biodegradable polymers

Materials World magazine
Researchers at MIT, USA, are manufacturing biodegradable and non-viral polymers that bind to and condense DNA into nanoparticles that are ready to be injected into the body for use in gene therapy.

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