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Nanotechnology in food processing, packaging and safety

Nanotechnology exhibits great potential for the food industry. This broad and practically oriented course has therefore been put forward to meet the needs from industries to gain knowledge and understanding about current research going on in this expansive field. It deals with the current and coming applications of nanotechnology in the food industry.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2011

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Power of Research: a new online game to inspire the scientists of the future

A new strategy browser game - the "Power of research" - is officially launched. Supported by the European Commission, "Power of Research" has been developed to inspire young Europeans to pursue scientific careers and disseminate interesting up-to-date scientific information. Players assume the role of scientists working in a virtual research environment that replicates the situations that scientists have to deal with in the real world.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2011

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Verbindung von Magnetfeld- und Nanotechnologie

Kleinstroboter, die im Koerper praezise medizinische Eingriffe vornehmen: Ein vom Schweizerischen Nationalfonds (SNF) unterstuetztes Forscherteam entwickelt Prototypen, hat aber auch schon eine konkrete Anwendung am Start.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2011

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The quantum singularity

A new experiment would use quantum effects to perform otherwise intractable calculations, but conducting it should be easier than building a quantum computer.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2011

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'Quantum tuning forks' demonstrate directly coupling of vibrating ions

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have for the first time coaxed two atoms in separate locations to take turns jiggling back and forth while swapping the smallest measurable units of energy. The technique directly links the motions of two physically separated atoms and might simplify information processing in future quantum computers and simulations.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2011

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'A little off the top' helps map cells with submicrometer resolution

To determine if a tissue biopsy reveals the presence of cancer, a histologist often screens for cells with an abnormal appearance or a specific visible trait such as a larger-than-usual nucleus. However, by the time a cancer is physically noticeable, the disease may be in its later stages and more difficult to treat. In an effort to identify the earlier-onset, more subtle chemical changes occurring in a cell heading toward malignancy, researchers have developed a technique that slices off the top of a cell and makes the structures accessible to spectroscopic examination of their chemical "signature."

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2011

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Relaxation leads to lower elasticity

Together with the crosslinking molecule fascin, actin filaments build an interconnected network whose elasticity decreases with increasing age. Deploying a wide-ranging combination of experimental techniques, researchers have now managed to cast light on the source of these changes.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2011

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