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Implementing nanotechnology into the traditional casting industry could yield high-quality aluminum and magnesium nanocomposites

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded a $10.1 million, five-year grant to an interdisciplinary team of researchers led by University of Wisconsin-Madison Mechanical Engineering Professor Xiaochun Li. The researchers are working to implement nanotechnology into the traditional casting industry, which could yield high-quality aluminum and magnesium nanocomposites in the next five years.

Posted: Dec 16th, 2009

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Synthetic platelets halve clotting time of blood

In an effort to enhance the natural process, a team led by Erin Lavik, a new Case Western Reserve University biomedical engineering professor, and her former doctoral student, James P. Bertram, built synthetic platelets that show promise in halting internal and external bleeding.

Posted: Dec 16th, 2009

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Nanoemulsion anti-infection agents reach milestone

GlaxoSmithKline and Ann Arbor-based NanoBio Corporation announced today that they have signed an exclusive over-the-counter licensing agreement for NanoBio's unique nanoemulsion treatment for cold sores in the United States and Canada.

Posted: Dec 16th, 2009

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Scientists use bacteria to power simple machines

Scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern University, Evanston, have discovered that common bacteria can turn microgears when suspended in a solution, providing insights for design of bio-inspired dynamically adaptive materials for energy.

Posted: Dec 16th, 2009

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NIST Technology Program announces 20 research project awards

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced funding for 20 new research projects under its Technology Innovation Program (TIP), including projects ranging from unmanned, hovering aircraft for inspecting bridges to a high-speed sorting system for recycling aerospace metals to nanomaterials for advanced batteries.

Posted: Dec 16th, 2009

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Everlasting quantum wave: Physicists predict new form of soliton in ultracold gases

Solitary waves that run a long distance without losing their shape or dying out are a special class of waves called solitons. These everlasting waves are exotic enough, but theoreticians at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) , a collaboration of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland, and their colleagues in India and the George Mason University, now believe that there may be a new kind of soliton that's even more special.

Posted: Dec 16th, 2009

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Researchers create 'synthetic magnetic fields' for neutral atoms

Achieving an important new capability in ultracold atomic gases, researchers at the Joint Quantum Institute, a collaboration of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland, have created 'synthetic' magnetic fields for ultracold gas atoms, in effect 'tricking' neutral atoms into acting as if they are electrically charged particles subjected to a real magnetic field.

Posted: Dec 16th, 2009

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