Synthetic biology is an extension of the spirit of genetic engineering that focuses on the development of biological systems with new, defined characteristics, assembled according to the principles of engineering.
The international Nanoscience student Conference - INASCON will take place from 20th August through 22nd August 2010 at Baarlo, Netherlands. The conference has been successfully held in Denmark and Switzerland for three consecutive years. The theme of the conference is: 'Nanogeneration, bringing a dream into reality'.
A new magnetic recording medium made up of tiny nanospheres has been devised by European researchers. The technology may lead to hard disks able to store more than a thousand billion bits of information in a square inch.
Researchers have studied graphite oxide for years and have discovered how to assemble these soft sheets like floating water lilies pads. They also used a camera flash to turn them into graphene, and invented a fluorescence quenching technique to make them visible under microscopes.
A fingermark left at a crime scene may now provide investigators with details about a suspect's medications, their diet and even their lifestyle. Thanks to a new technique, the ability to catch a criminal just got a whole lot easier.
NANOYOU offers schools the opportunity to address European citizen's poor understanding of nanotechnologies as shown in recent surveys. It is a great chance for schools and teachers to receive first hand information on nanotechnologies and to discover the opportunities and risks of this discipline for present and future scientific development.
Researchers describe the rational design strategy using side-chain incompatibility of a covalently connected donor-acceptor (D-A) dyad to synthesize organic p/n heterojunctions with molecular-level precision.
By combining theory and experiments, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have now taken a crucial step toward being able to micromanage the performance of the material, down to the level of the atom.
University of Texas Dallas researchers have found that carbon nanotube sheets excel as underwater sound generators and noise-canceling speakers, two highly desirable traits for submarine sonar and stealth capabilities.
For a successful infection, bacteria must outwit the immune system of the host. To this aim, they deliver so-called virulence factors through a transport channel located in the bacterial membrane. In some bacteria this transport channel is formed like a syringe, enabling them to inject virulence factors directly into the host cell. Scientists have now succeeded for the first time in elucidating basic principles of the assembly of this transport channel.
Automated imaging of cells in developing plants is described in a paper published this week in Nature Methods. These methods will permit a more detailed understanding of the cellular behaviors that underlie plant growth and development.