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Spray-on solar panels

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), researchers are creating solar cells that are light, flexible, efficient and - often the biggest obstacle - affordable.

Posted: Feb 14th, 2011

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New implantable sensor finds telltale signs of heart attack

During about 30 percent of all heart attacks, the patient experiences no symptoms. However, unmistakable signs of the attack remain in the bloodstream for days. MIT researchers, working with Massachusetts General Hospital's Cardiovascular Research Center, have now designed a tiny implant that can detect those signs, which could help doctors more rapidly determine whether a patient has had a heart attack.

Posted: Feb 14th, 2011

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Nanotechnology could pave the way for hydrogen fuels

EADS Innovation Works, the Group's corporate research arm, is working with university researchers to find a new solid state storage system for hydrogen. This technology would make it possible to use hydrogen as a clean alternative to traditional hydrocarbon-based fuels in aeroplane and car engines.

Posted: Feb 14th, 2011

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New nanomaterials are good news for next-generation electronic devices

In a new study, researchers from UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and from the materials division of Australia's University of Queensland show the promise of surface-conduction channels in topological insulator nanoribbons made of bismuth telluride and demonstrate that surface states in these nanoribbons are "tunable" - able to be turned on and off depending on the position of the Fermi level.

Posted: Feb 13th, 2011

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Researchers discover a new class of magic atomic clusters called superhalogens

An international team of researchers has discovered a new class of magnetic superhalogens - a class of atomic clusters able to exhibit unusual stability at a specific size and composition, which may be used to advance materials science by allowing scientists to create a new class of salts with magnetic and super-oxidizing properties not previously found.

Posted: Feb 11th, 2011

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NanoArt 2011 call to artists

The worldwide competition NanoArt 2011 is open to all artists 18 years and older. The online exhibition will open for public in April, 2011. Winners will be notified and published online on May 31, 2011.

Posted: Feb 11th, 2011

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Gold nanoparticles may enhance circulating tumor cell detection in blood

The detection of circulating tumor cells is an emerging technique that can allow oncologists to monitor patients with cancer for metastasis or to evaluate the progress of their treatment. The gold particles, which are embedded with dyes allowing their detection by laser spectroscopy, could enhance this technique's specificity by reducing the number of false positives.

Posted: Feb 11th, 2011

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Study of volcanoes in the outer solar system produces unexpected bonus for nanotechnology

Mysterious expanding ice crystals in the moons of Saturn and Neptune may be of interest to future developers of microelectronics. Neutron scattering has discovered that methanol crystals that may be found in outer solar system 'ice lavas' have unusual expansion properties. The unexpected finding by a British planetary geologist will interest developers of nano-switches - single atom thick valves used in nanoelectronics.

Posted: Feb 10th, 2011

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New nanoarrays allow unique fingerprinting of threat agents at trace levels

While there are many methods currently being used that can detect these threats, none allow for the unique fingerprinting of threat agents at trace levels. A research team at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Electronic Science and Technology Division, has overcome this limitation with surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) using optically stimulated plasmon oscillations in nanostructured substrates.

Posted: Feb 10th, 2011

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New OECD brochure highlights work on environment

A new brochure "OECD Work on Environment" (pdf) highlights the OECD work on Environment for 2011-2012, covering green growth, climate change, biodiversity, water, eco-innovation, chemical and bio-safety, resource efficiency.

Posted: Feb 10th, 2011

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