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Syntactic and Composite Foams III Conference

SCF-III, in this series will provide a continued forum for discussions in this rapidly growing field of syntactic foams and composite foams. Syntactic foams and rigid polymer, metal, and ceramic foams containing a reinforcing and/or functional phase are the intended focus of this conference.

Posted: Dec 14th, 2010

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The role of engineering in the study of infectious disease

Although engineering has long played a key role in developing technology for diagnosing and treating human disease, it has only recently started to have an impact on understanding the cellular and molecular basis of disease. In the past decade or so, engineers have started making major contributions to understanding diseases such as malaria, hereditary blood diseases and cancer, according to Subra Suresh, former dean of MIT's School of Engineering.

Posted: Dec 14th, 2010

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Novel tailor-made nanoferroelectric from building blocks

A research group headed by MANA Scientist Dr. Minoru Osada and Principal Investigator Dr. Takayoshi Sasaki of the International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) successfully developed a novel nanoferroelectric by a solution-based bottom-up nanotechnology.

Posted: Dec 14th, 2010

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Tiny channels carry big information

Researchers with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have been able to fabricate nanochannels that are only two nanometers in size, using standard semiconductor manufacturing processes. Already they've used these nanochannels to discover that fluid mechanics for passages this small are significantly different not only from bulk-sized channels, but even from channels that are merely 10 nanometers in size.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2010

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Taking the temperature of a molecule

You can touch a functioning light bulb and know right away that it's hot. Ouch! But you can't touch a single molecule and get the same feedback. Rice University researchers say they have the next best thing -- a way to determine the temperature of a molecule or flowing electrons by using Raman spectroscopy combined with an optical antenna.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2010

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Gewebe-Matrix aus Nanofasern

Dreidimensionale Gerueste, auf denen Zellen sich ansiedeln und zu Geweben oder Organen heranwachsen koennen, sind in der regenerativen Medizin begehrt. Materialwissenschaftler der Uni Wuerzburg haben dafuer erfolgreich neue Fasern mit ganz besonderen Eigenschaften entwickelt.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2010

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Magnetism relieves electrons of their resistance

Physics is sometimes just like a criminal investigation. Researchers gather one piece of evidence after another in order to solve a mystery - for example, the question as to how unconventional superconductivity is caused, something which is also of particular interest for technical applications. An international team involving scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids has now provided the strongest evidence yet that magnetic interactions can bring about this form of zero-resistance current transport - something that physicists have been gathering evidence for, for some time.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2010

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Alternating stacks of planar cations and dipyrrole-containing anions provides concept for new materials

Pyrroles, which are rings containing one nitrogen and four carbon atoms, are essential components of our red hemoglobin as well as the green chlorophyll in plants. Japanese researchers have now also used this molecular motif in the construction of new nanostructured materials: They combined planar pyrrole-containing negatively charged complexes with similarly planar, positively charged organic ions.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2010

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Singapore-US partnership take lead in establishing design principles for nanowire sensors

The Institute of Microelectronics (IME), an institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) have entered into a research collaboration focussed on identifying and defining the ground rules for the systematic optimisation of nanowire sensor design as well as the techniques for batch fabrication.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2010

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Spontaneously chain-reacting molecule a boost for nano-circuitry

A new paper describes, for the first time, a simple molecule that each time it chemically reacts with a surface prepares a hospitable neighbouring site at which the next incoming molecule reacts. Accordingly, these molecules, when simply dosed (blindly) on the surface, spontaneously grow durable 'molecular-chains'. These molecular chains are the desired prototypes of nano-wires.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2010

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Polymer scientists make imprint on nanolithography

A team of University of Akron scientists discovered a new method for patterning curved surfaces. The technique creates patterns on curved or topographically uneven surfaces with stand-alone nanoparticles, opening new technology opportunities.

Posted: Dec 11th, 2010

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