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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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Quantenkryptografie bekomm bessere Lichtquelle

Forscher des Paul-Drude-Instituts haben eine Quelle entwickelt, mit der sie einzelne Photonen in hoher Wiederholrate und in geanau definierten zeitlichen Abstaenden versenden koennen. Sie nutzen dazu akustische Oberflaechenwellen.

Posted: Oct 25th, 2009

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UAlbany NanoCollege hosts 300 students for NanoCareer Day

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University at Albany held its NanoCareer Day program on October 22 as part of its continuing effort to prepare students for a growing number of nanotechnology-related career opportunities in the Capital Region and New York State.

Posted: Oct 23rd, 2009

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Roberto Car, Michele Parrinello win Computer Society's Fernbach Award

The pair laid the foundation for a modern approach to the chemistry and physics of materials. Their methodology was revolutionary, increasing the speed of simulations and propelling a major force in science. Such simulations are now used in physics, materials science, chemistry, semiconductors, surface science, catalysis, biological processes, mineralogy, and the new field of nano-sized structures, including industrial applications.

Posted: Oct 23rd, 2009

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