Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Darwin of the Blogging World?

Now I know how Darwin must have felt...

far out in territories new.

Science Week Ireland has been good for learning new blogging skills.
Link back to their competition topic, I'm told.

What's a "Link Back"?

I now have enough new links in


to set the World on fire.

Functionalized Nanoporous Thin Films,

or FNTF, as they are known to scientists, may be the most helpful
materials for the next ten years.
In 2007, R&D Magazine awarded Shane Addlema, Glen Fryxell, Richard Skaggs and
Xiaohong Shari Li for their work with water testing technology.

Speed is of the essence when it comes to pollution testing.
Sending samples to a lab causes time lapses in which much
damage can be caused to a fragile ecosystem.
Discs coated with Functionalized Nanoporous Thin Films
offer a highly sensitive test. It is claimed that these
nanofilms are about 1000 times more sensitive than any
test previously available.

They may well
make living in areas subject to heavy metal contamination safer.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Half Hardy Annuals Flower On

Lobelia, usually a half-hardy plant in Dublin,
is flowering still in containers here.