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2010-09-01 21:23:18

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a microminiaturized device that can make complex viscosity measurements"”critical data for a wide variety of fields dealing with things that have to flow"”on sample sizes as small as a few nanoliters. Currently a table-top prototype, the NIST rheometer could be a particularly valuable tool for biotechnologists studying minute quantities of complex materials that must function in confined...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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