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Lactate test made easy

Using a miniaturized measuring system, performance and leisure athletes will in future be able to monitor their lactate readings themselves - including during training.

Posted: May 6th, 2009

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UK House of Lord hears evidence on food nanotechnology

In a hearing held yesterday in the U.K. House of Lords, Professor Ken Donaldson from the University of Edinburgh and Dr Qasim Chaudhry from the Food and Environment Research Agency presented evidence to the Select Committee on Nanotechnologies in Food.

Posted: May 6th, 2009

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Photovoltaic systems growing faster than other renewable sources

Photovoltaic power generation grew by 73 percent between 2007-08, making it the fastest growing source of alternative energy, Monica Oliphant, president of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), said upon her arrival in Delaware from Australia to attend the 2009 Karl Boer Solar Energy Medal of Merit ceremony at the University of Delaware on Thursday, May 7.

Posted: May 5th, 2009

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Electrospun nanofibers could be used for protective clothing, wearable power and more

In his office, MIT Professor of Chemical Engineering Gregory Rutledge keeps a small piece of fabric that at first glance resembles a Kleenex. This tissue-like material, softer than silk, is composed of fibers that are a thousand times thinner than a human hair and holds promise for a wide range of applications including protective clothing, drug delivery and tissue engineering.

Posted: May 5th, 2009

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'Food mill' for proteins - new method improves protein analysis considerably

Until now, extracting as many proteins as possible from biological samples has required a combination of several methods. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry have now developed a new universally employable sample preparation method that combines the advantages of the usual methods and allows an unprecedented depth of proteome coverage.

Posted: May 5th, 2009

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