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Researchers apply computing power to crack egg shell problem

Researchers at the University of Warwick and the University of Sheffield have applied computing power to crack a problem in egg shell formation. The work may also give a partial answer to the age old question 'what came first the chicken or the egg'?

Posted: Jul 12th, 2010

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Prediction markets to facilitate real-time science?

Kaggle, a web platform for data prediction competitions, has just issued a press release that touts the usefulness of open prediction technology for data-heavy scientific problems. The platform allows researchers and organizations to post their problem and have it scrutinized by the world's best statisticians to predict the future (produce the best forecasts) or predict the past (find the best insights hiding in data).

Posted: Jul 12th, 2010

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Thai labs build capabilities in agricultural nanotechnology

Thailand's National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), and Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives have signed a research collaborative MoU to identify and initiate agricultural research activities. The initial phase of the collaboration will focus on nanotechnology particularly in the area of food packaging and encapsulation technology for control release of fertilizers.

Posted: Jul 12th, 2010

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Reducing lithography nanopatterns to 6 nanometers in size

NanoNed researcher Vadim Sidorkin is the first in the world to succeed in patterning a substrate with markings only 6 nanometres in size and only 14 nanometres apart. A spacing of 14 nanometres, would increase in the capacity of the memory chips of, for example, new generation mobile phones tenfold.

Posted: Jul 10th, 2010

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DNA through graphene nanopores

A team of researchers from Delft University of Technology announces a new type of nanopore devices that may significantly impact the way we screen DNA molecules, for example to read off their sequence.

Posted: Jul 10th, 2010

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Explained: Phonons

When trying to control the way heat moves through solids, it is often useful to think of it as a flow of particles.

Posted: Jul 10th, 2010

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Nanogenerator for mechanical energy harvesting

The journal, Nano Letters, recently published an article highlighting the fascinating nanogenerators developed by Dr. Yong Shi, a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Posted: Jul 9th, 2010

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Researchers use nanoparticles to shrink tumors in mice

Researchers at UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute and Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center demonstrate that mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs), tiny particles with thousands of pores, can store and deliver chemotherapeutic drugs in vivo and effectively suppress tumors in mice.

Posted: Jul 9th, 2010

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A new ultrabright source of entangled photon pairs

A new source of entangled photons twenty times brighter than all existing systems has been developed by a team from the Laboratoire de Photonique et de Nano-structures (LPN) of CNRS. This novel device is capable of considerably boosting the rate of quantum communications and constitutes a key component in future quantum logic processes.

Posted: Jul 9th, 2010

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