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The world's fastest super-resolution light microscope wins innovation award

The assessment panel awarded the prize to Prof. Christoph Cremer for his revolutionary light microscopy technology Vertico SMI. The patented process developed by this researcher from the University of Heidelberg makes it possible to image and analyze cells in two dimensional resolution as low as of 10 nanometers and with a resolution in the third dimension of 40 nanometers.

Posted: Oct 27th, 2009

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Plasma as a nanoparticle factory

INL scientist Peter Kong is putting plasma to work, using it to produce nanoparticles, synthesize materials to store hydrogen and convert heavy hydrocarbons to transportation fuels.

Posted: Oct 27th, 2009

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Mushrooms, water-repellants more similar than you might think

What do spore-launching mushrooms have in common with highly water-repellant surfaces? According to Duke University engineers, the answer is 'jumping' water droplets. As it turns out, the same phenomenon that occurs when it's time for certain mushrooms to eject spores also occurs when dew droplets skitter across a surface that is highly water repellant, or superhydrophobic.

Posted: Oct 26th, 2009

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Nanobiotechnology researchers unravel the physics of cancer

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology have been awarded a $14.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to launch a research center aimed at unraveling the physical underpinnings that drive the growth and spread of cancer.

Posted: Oct 26th, 2009

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FP6+7 EUROPRACTICE projects lead the way in microchip design

Helped by more than EUR 7 million of Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) and Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) funding, the EUROPRACTICE IC3 and EUROPRACTICE IC4 projects have produced state-of-the-art micromechanical and microelectronic technologies that are being used in universities and industry worldwide to create microchip applications for uses ranging from space technology to medical diagnostics.

Posted: Oct 26th, 2009

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