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Quantum gas in free fall

A sensitive measuring device must not be dropped - because this usually destroys the precision of the instrument. A team of researchers including scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics has done exactly this, however. And the researchers want to use this experience to make the measuring instrument even more sensitive.

Posted: Jun 22nd, 2010

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BC5 material shows superhard, superconducting potential

What could be better than diamond when it comes to a superhard material for electronics under extreme thermal and pressure conditions? Quite possibly BC5, a diamond-like material with an extremely high boron content that offers exceptional hardness and resistance to fracture, but unlike diamond, it is a superconductor rather than an insulator.

Posted: Jun 22nd, 2010

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Researchers create self-assembling nanodevices that move and change shape on demand

By emulating nature's design principles, a team of researchers has created nanodevices made of DNA that self-assemble and can be programmed to move and change shape on demand. In contrast to existing nanotechnologies, these programmable nanodevices are highly suitable for medical applications because DNA is both biocompatible and biodegradable.

Posted: Jun 22nd, 2010

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Thailand builds capabilities in nanotechnology research

Thailand's National Nanotechnology Center (NANOTEC), National Institute of Metrology (NIMT) and Ministry of Science and Technology have announced that they would form the country's first research collaboration to build Thailand's capabilities in providing quality infrastructure in areas related to nano-scale measurement, calibration, and nanometrology.

Posted: Jun 22nd, 2010

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20th anniversary of Freiburg Materials Research Centre

The Freiburg Materials Research Centre (FMF), which is part of the University of Freiburg, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary in the Freiburg Concert Hall. As a central institution of the University of Freiburg, the FMF has been focusing on interdisciplinary basic research and contract research in the field of new materials and materials-related technologies since 1990.

Posted: Jun 22nd, 2010

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