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Molekulare Wasserstoff-Systeme in Echtzeit

Prof. Thomas Elsaesser vom Max-Born-Institut fuer Nichtlineare Optik und Kurzzeitspektroskopie in Berlin erhaelt vom Europaeischen Forschungsrat (ERC) einen 'Advanced Grant' in Hoehe von 2,49 Millionen Euro. Ziel des ausgezeichneten Forschungsprojekts ist die Aufklaerung extrem schneller Prozesse, die die Eigenschaften von Wasserstoffbruecken in molekularen Systemen bestimmen.

Posted: Jan 5th, 2010

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Quantum age edges closer

Superfast quantum computing is closer than ever following recent breakthroughs by an international team led by researchers from the University of New South Wales.

Posted: Jan 5th, 2010

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No-sweat pressure sensors

Microelectronic chips used to take pressure readings are very delicate. A new technology has been developed that makes pressure sensors more robust, enabling them to continue operating normally at temperatures up to 250 degrees Celsius.

Posted: Jan 5th, 2010

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Sniffing out terrorists

A new intelligent system has been developed to help identify terrorists carrying explosives. Sensitive electronic noses capture the smell of the explosives; the system processes the acquired data, correlates it with individuals' movements - and ultimately tracks down the suspects.

Posted: Jan 5th, 2010

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Minor faults in catalyst impose an obstacle to the chemical industry

One of the most important catalysts in the modern chemical industry is a troublemaker. The building blocks of zeolite ZSM-5 crystals, which are a sort of Swiss cheese with molecular size holes, are not joined together perfectly. The materials that have to pass through the crystals therefore often get stuck and don't react well. A researcher has discovered the deviations in the miniscule but indispensable particles.

Posted: Jan 4th, 2010

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Carbon nanotubes show promise for high-speed genetic sequencing

n the current issue of Science, Stuart Lindsay, director of Arizona State University's Center for Single Molecule Biophysics at the Biodesign Institute, along with his colleagues, demonstrates the potential of a method in which a single-stranded ribbon of DNA is threaded through a carbon nanotube, producing voltage spikes that provide information about the passage of DNA bases as they pass through the tube - a process known as translocation.

Posted: Dec 31st, 2009

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Neue Nachwuchsgruppe am IFW Dresden

Am Leibniz-Institut fuer Festkoerper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden (IFW) wird ab 1.1.2010 eine von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) gefoerderte Emmy Noether-Nachwuchsgruppe eingerichtet. Mit dem auf 5 Jahre angelegten Projekt sollen die Wechselwirkungen der Elektronen erforscht und simuliert werden, die bei physikalischen Phaenomenen wie Supraleitung oder Magnetismus eine wichtige Rolle spielen.

Posted: Dec 29th, 2009

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New research could advance research field critical to personalized medicine

It's the ultimate goal in the treatment of cancer: tailoring a person's therapy based on his or her genetic makeup. While a lofty goal, scientists are steadily moving forward, rapidly exploiting new technologies. Researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center report a significant advance in this field of research using a new chip that looks for hundreds of mutations in dozen of genes.

Posted: Dec 29th, 2009

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