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Biology rides to computers' aid

Photonic crystals could usher in an age of low-power optical computing, but they're hard to manufacture. Maybe adding a little DNA would help.

Posted: Oct 19th, 2010

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Protein highways keep tissues organized

Precise regulation of tissue architecture is critical for organ function. Single cells build up a tissue by communicating with their environment and with other cells, thereby receiving instructions on whether to divide, change shape or migrate. An interdisciplinary group of researchers from several Max Planck Institutes have now identified a mechanism by which skin cells organize their interior architecture as a response to signals from their surroundings.

Posted: Oct 19th, 2010

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Structural investigations and processing of electronically and protonically conducting polymers

Different conducting polymers form a special class of materials with the potential for many applications in organic electronics and functional materials. These polymers can be electronically conducting or semiconducting due to a conjugated polymer backbone, or alternatively possess conductivity due to mobile protons or other ions. A new thesis discusses such conducting polymers and shows ways how they can be processed by printing and how the nanostructure allows controlling their electrical properties.

Posted: Oct 19th, 2010

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National Cancer Institute funds preclinical theranostic study

Researchers from Rice University's Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP), the radiology department at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center are preparing to test a combined approach for diagnosing and treating pancreatic cancer with a specially engineered nanoparticle.

Posted: Oct 18th, 2010

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International anerkannt: die Quantentechnologie des AIT

Vor genau zwei Jahre praesentierte das AIT Austrian Institute of Technology am 20. Oktober 2008 weltweit zum ersten Mal ein quantenkryptographisches Netzwerk, resultierend aus einer Kooperation mit den fuehrenden europaeischen Gruppen, darunter auch der Uni Wien. In den Tagen zwischen 18. und 20.Oktober 2010 erfolgt eine neuerliche Live-Praesentation.

Posted: Oct 18th, 2010

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Australia introduces notification and assessment process for new industrial nanomaterials

The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) is introducing new administrative processes for the notification and assessment of industrial nanomaterials that are considered to be New Chemicals under Part 3 (Notification and Assessment of Industrial Chemicals) of the Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Act 1989 (the Act).

Posted: Oct 16th, 2010

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