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Mini sensor traces faint magnetic signature of human heartbeat

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the German national metrology institute have used NIST's miniature atom-based magnetic sensor to successfully track a human heartbeat, confirming the device's potential for biomedical applications.

Posted: Oct 14th, 2010

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Scientists perfect new nanowire technique

Scientists at the University of Leeds have perfected a new technique that allows them to make molecular nanowires out of thin strips of ring-shaped molecules known as discotic liquid crystals (DLCs).

Posted: Oct 14th, 2010

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Nano-Maschinen lassen Zuckersaft fliessen

Als Produzenten von Zucker und Kohlenhydraten spielen Pflanzen eine wichtige Rolle. Auf diesem Gebiet forschen Wissenschaftler der Uni Wuerzburg - mit dem Fernziel, den Zuckerhaushalt landwirtschaftlicher Nutzpflanzen zu beeinflussen.

Posted: Oct 14th, 2010

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Nanomaterial reduces energy consumption in semiconductor chips

Tyndall National Institute, UCC announced today, Wednesday, at the 2010 International Power Supply on Chip Workshop in Cork, the development of a new nano-material that will dramatically reduce the operating temperature of silicon chip components and circuits, thereby enhancing the reliability and lifetime of electronics in products ranging from smart phones to automotive electronics.

Posted: Oct 14th, 2010

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Unsung hero - researchers produce high-res model of Ndc80 in action

Unless you are in a field of study related to cell biology, you most likely have never heard of Ndc80. Yet this protein complex is essential to mitosis, the process by which a living cell separates its chromosomes and distributes them equally between its two daughter cells. Now, through a combination of cryo-electron microscopy and three-dimensional image reconstruction, a team of researchers have produced a subnanometer resolution model of human Ndc80 that reveals how this unsung hero carries out its essential tasks.

Posted: Oct 13th, 2010

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Novel nanotomography method for detailed imaging of fragile bone structures

Scientists working in Germany and Switzerland have developed a novel nano-tomography method, which uses X-rays to allow doctors to produce three-dimensional (3D) detailed imaging of fragile bone structures. This method could lead to the development of better therapeutic approaches to tackle the brittle bone disease osteoporosis, one of the most common disorders among older people.

Posted: Oct 13th, 2010

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Kleine Teilchen - grosse Wirkung?

'NanoMed - Toxikologische Charakterisierung von Nanomaterialien fuer die diagnostische Bildgebung in der Medizin' heisst ein neues Forschungsprojekt, das das Bundesministerium fuer Bildung und Forschung mit fast zwei Millionen Euro Gesamtvolumen finanziert.

Posted: Oct 13th, 2010

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