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Neue Nachwuchsgruppe am IFW Dresden

Am Leibniz-Institut fuer Festkoerper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden (IFW) wird ab 1.1.2010 eine von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) gefoerderte Emmy Noether-Nachwuchsgruppe eingerichtet. Mit dem auf 5 Jahre angelegten Projekt sollen die Wechselwirkungen der Elektronen erforscht und simuliert werden, die bei physikalischen Phaenomenen wie Supraleitung oder Magnetismus eine wichtige Rolle spielen.

Posted: Dec 29th, 2009

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New research could advance research field critical to personalized medicine

It's the ultimate goal in the treatment of cancer: tailoring a person's therapy based on his or her genetic makeup. While a lofty goal, scientists are steadily moving forward, rapidly exploiting new technologies. Researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center report a significant advance in this field of research using a new chip that looks for hundreds of mutations in dozen of genes.

Posted: Dec 29th, 2009

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A 'fountain of youth' for stem cells?

Researchers from the University of Hong Kong and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have published a study in the current issue of Cell Transplantation that explores ways to successfully keep stem cells 'forever young' during implantation by slowing their growth, differentiation and proliferation.

Posted: Dec 28th, 2009

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Microcapsules to combat climate change

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE teamed up with BASF to develop an environmentally-friendly alternative to air-conditioning systems. The team of researchers was nominated for the German Future Prize for their innovation comprising a microencapsulated latent heat storage material for construction materials.

Posted: Dec 26th, 2009

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Splitting fluorescent protein helps image clusters in live cells

Half a protein is better than none, and in this case, it's way better than a whole one. A Rice University lab has discovered that dividing a particular fluorescent protein and using it as a tag is handy for analyzing the workings of live cells, particularly in the way they employ iron-sulfur clusters.

Posted: Dec 25th, 2009

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RUSNANO approves project for bifacial crystalline silicon solar modules

Realization of the project will bring Russian bifacial crystalline silicon solar modules to the world market. The new modules will have efficiency factors that surpass unifacial modules by 10% to 70% - 10% when installation is done without additional construction; 70% when reflectors and tracking systems are built.

Posted: Dec 23rd, 2009

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