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DARPA project in search for a better artificial nose

A few years ago, with funding from the Office of Naval Research, Eric Paterson, a senior research associate at Penn State?s Applied Research Lab and an associate professor of mechanical engineering, decided to go back to the source, studying the fundamental fluid mechanics and odorant transport of canine olfaction with the object of coming up with a better mechanical equivalent.

Posted: Feb 13th, 2009

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Nanotechnology hamster power

Could hamsters help solve the world's energy crisis? Probably not, but a hamster wearing a power-generating jacket is doing its own small part to provide a new and renewable source of electricity.

Posted: Feb 13th, 2009

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Researchers demonstrate a 'quantum data buffer'

Pushing the envelope of Albert Einstein's 'spooky action at a distance', known as entanglement, researchers at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) of the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland have demonstrated a 'quantum buffer', a technique that could be used to control the data flow inside a quantum computer.

Posted: Feb 13th, 2009

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Spin currents: pure and clean

A team of scientists in Japan has demonstrated the possibility of switching the magnetization of a thin magnetic film with a non-conventional and innovative method, achieving a considerable step forward in magnetic data storage and the field known as spintronics.

Posted: Feb 13th, 2009

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3-D character of DNA nanotubes revealed

Researchers at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute and faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, reveal for the first time the three-dimensional character of DNA nanotubules, rings and spirals.

Posted: Feb 12th, 2009

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