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Imec sets up R+D activity in Taiwan

Imec Taiwan today signed the co-funding contract with the Taiwanese Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) for its R+D activity Imec Taiwan Innovation Centre (ITIC). ITIC's goal is to expedite applied research projects with industry and academia that will result in electronic designs, components and technology solutions.

Posted: Oct 20th, 2010

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Improved antibiotic coatings

A research group at the University of South Australia is working on techniques to permanently bind antibacterial coatings to medical devices by binding them to a polymer layer.

Posted: Oct 20th, 2010

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Photovoltaic medicine

Micro-scaled photovoltaic devices may one day be used to deliver chemotherapeutic drugs directly to tumors, rendering chemotherapy less toxic to surrounding tissue.

Posted: Oct 20th, 2010

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Batteries smaller than a grain of salt

Research funded by DARPA is pushing the limits of battery technology and trying to create some of the tiniest batteries on Earth, the largest of which would be no bigger than a grain of sand.

Posted: Oct 19th, 2010

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Taking the next step with graphene research

The 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics went to the two scientists who first isolated graphene, one-atom-thick crystals of graphite. Now, a researcher with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering is trying to develop a method to mass-produce this revolutionary material.

Posted: Oct 19th, 2010

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Bacteria gauge cold with molecular measuring stick

Some bacteria react to the cold by subtly changing the chemistry of their outer wall so that it remains pliable as temperatures drop. Scientists identified a key protein in this response mechanism a few years ago, but the question of how bacteria sense cold in the first place remained a mystery. Based on a new study, the answer is: They use a measuring stick.

Posted: Oct 19th, 2010

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Atomic-level manufacturing

The long-held dream of creating atomically precise three-dimensional structures in a manufacturing environment is approaching reality, according to the top scientist at a company making tools aimed at that ambitious goal.

Posted: Oct 19th, 2010

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