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Institute for NanoBioTechnology's international research program sends second team of students to Belgium

Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology supports university students to conduct research in an international setting. Their work, travel and housing expenses are funded through INBT with a National Science Foundation's International Research Experience for Students (IRES) program and through a partnership with The Inter-University MircroElectronics Centre (IMEC) in Leuven, Belgium.

Posted: Sep 4th, 2010

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Google logo shows a buckyball today

How cool is that - Google marks the discovery of the fullerene 25 years ago today, September 4, 1985, with a special Google logo on its site that includes a C60 structure.

Posted: Sep 4th, 2010

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Magnetism's subatomic roots

A new conceptual model, which was created to learn more about the quantum quirks of high-temperature superconductors and other high-tech materials, has also proven useful in describing the origins of ferromagnetism -- the everyday 'magnetism' of compass needles and refrigerator magnets.

Posted: Sep 3rd, 2010

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Cheaper, better solar cell Is full of holes

A new low-cost etching technique developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory can put a trillion holes in a silicon wafer the size of a compact disc.

Posted: Sep 3rd, 2010

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Swiss study on nanotechnology in the food sector now available in English

The study 'Nanotechnology in the Food Sector', commissioned by the Swiss Centre for Technology Assessment TA-SWISS, is now available in English. The study provides an overview of nanomaterials already used in the food sector with a focus on the Swiss market and an analysis of the existing legal framework.

Posted: Sep 3rd, 2010

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Mapping state lines

A network of filamentary conducting paths is behind the transition between insulating and conducting states in complex oxides.

Posted: Sep 3rd, 2010

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Electronics from a printer - of electronic radio tags and lighting wallpapers

Glucose meters and the appropriate test strips for diabetics are expensive. This however might change, since scientists at the Institute of Printing Science and Technology (IDD) at TU Darmstadt are working on a sensor making the electronic devices considerably cheaper. The new sensor is not based on silicon as conducting material, but on plastics.

Posted: Sep 3rd, 2010

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Zinc oxide snowflakes

Modelling zinc oxide nanoparticle formation could provide new insights into how snowflakes form as well as aiding nanoscale device research, say Chinese scientists.

Posted: Sep 3rd, 2010

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Ceramic foam for efficient thermal insulation

The Institut for Nonmetallic Inorganic Materials develops ceramic foams intended for use as energy-efficient thermal insulations in blast furnaces, as bone substitutes and for the controlled release of active ingredients in medicine.

Posted: Sep 3rd, 2010

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Chemists use graphene to visualize atomic-scale structures

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have devised a new technique - using a sheet of carbon just one atom thick - to visualize the structure of molecules. The technique, which was used to obtain the first direct images of how water coats surfaces at room temperature, can also be used to image a potentially unlimited number of other molecules, including antibodies and other biomolecules.

Posted: Sep 2nd, 2010

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