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Could humans be infected by computer viruses?

Dr Mark Gasson, from the School of Systems Engineering, contaminated a computer chip which had been inserted into his hand as part of research into human enhancement and the potential risks of implantable devices.

Posted: May 26th, 2010

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Electron spin in silicon will lead to revolutionary quantum chips

A silicon-based nanoscale system which aims to harness the spin of electrons to boost the processing power of future computer systems is being developed by researchers at the University of Southampton, jointly with the University of Cambridge, the NTT Basic Research Laboratories and the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory.

Posted: May 26th, 2010

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Microrobots showcase their skills at competition

Make room, Bender, Rosie and R2D2! Your newest mechanical colleagues are a few steps closer to reality, thanks to lessons learned during robotics events at the recent IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Anchorage, Alaska.

Posted: May 26th, 2010

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Scientists gain new 'core' understanding of nanoparticles

While attempting to solve one mystery about iron oxide-based nanoparticles, a research team working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) stumbled upon another one. But once its implications are understood, their discovery may give nanotechnologists a new and useful tool.

Posted: May 26th, 2010

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Pressure testing tiny cell samples

A collaboration of French and Canadian researchers have found that sucking a portion of a spherical globule of cells into a tiny pipette provides information about the adhesion between cells and the elastic properties of the tissue. The method is a novel approach for the study of the structural properties of tissues, and should offer insights into processes such as embryonic development, tissue growth and cancer.

Posted: May 25th, 2010

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Scanning electron microscope reveals 'The Scream' in oil shale

This week, during a SEM training session for an existing energy-related customer, JEOL specialists Dr. Natasha Erdman and Tony Laudate were examining the sample of oil shale in the microscope when they came upon this startling image that resembles a skeletal face and looked somewhat familiar to them.

Posted: May 25th, 2010

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Cheaper solar energy due to silicon nanosponges?

Scientists of the research center Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf found a way to replace the amorphous or nanocrystalline silicon in thin film solar cells, which have a low efficiency, by a nanosponge made of silicon. It promises to be a good light absorber while improving the electrical yield of the solar cells.

Posted: May 25th, 2010

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