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Scientists create new nanotechnology building blocks

In the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University (ASU), researchers are using DNA to make intricate, nano-sized objects. Working at this scale holds great potential for advancing medical and electronic applications.

Posted: Jun 3rd, 2008

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DFG establishes eight new Collaborative Research Centers

The themes of the newly approved Collaborative Research Centres include the development of innovative spaceship drive systems, overcoming treatment resistance in tumours and tackling anxiety disorders affecting humans. Further topics include studies in the field of hadron physics and research into molecular components at the nano-level.

Posted: Jun 3rd, 2008

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Helicopters with fuel cells

In future, an unmanned helicopter will search for people trapped in fallen buildings or investigate contaminated terrain. The mini-helicopter will be powered by a very light fuel cell that weighs only 30 grams and has an output of 12 watts.

Posted: Jun 3rd, 2008

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Shell creates nanofiltration water purification system for rural areas

Many Shell operations in rural areas have no safe drinking water sources nearby. So Shell sought a water purification unit that would provide safe water, be vandalism proof and be essentially maintenance-free, with low-skilled operators able to carry out the limited maintenance tasks necessary.

Posted: Jun 2nd, 2008

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N-type junction solar cell efficiency raises to 23.2%

Physicist Bram Hoex and colleagues at Eindhoven University of Technology, together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg, Germany, have improved the efficiency of an important type of solar cell (n-type with front junction) from 21.9 to 23.2 per cent.

Posted: Jun 2nd, 2008

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