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The lotus's clever way of staying dry

An ancient Confucian philosopher once said, 'I love the lotus because while growing from mud, it is unstained.' Now, almost one thousand years since Zhou Dunyi wrote these lines in China, scientists finally understand how the plant keeps itself clean and dry. It took an ultra high speed camera, a powerful microscope and an audio speaker to unlock a secret that has puzzled scientists for ages.

Posted: Oct 22nd, 2009

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Is your microrobot up for the (NIST) challenge?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in collaboration with IEEE, is inviting university and collegiate student teams currently engaged in microrobotic, microelectronic or MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) research to participate in the 2010 NIST Mobile Microrobotics Challenge.

Posted: Oct 22nd, 2009

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Nanowire biocompatibility in the brain: so far so good

The biological safety of nanotechnology, in other words, how the body reacts to nanoparticles, is a hot topic. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have managed for the first time to carry out successful experiments involving the injection of so-called nanowires.

Posted: Oct 22nd, 2009

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Sensor biochips could aid in cancer diagnosis and treatment

Researchers at the Heinz Nixdorf Chair for Medical Electronics at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have developed a new test process for cancer drugs. With the help of microchips, they can establish in the laboratory whether a patient's tumor cells will react to a given drug.

Posted: Oct 22nd, 2009

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Winzige Kontakte im Visier

Dr. Regina Hoffmann vom Physikalischen Institut des KIT untersucht die Struktur und die elektronischen Eigenschaften von Nanokontakten in der Nanoelektronik und konnte fuer ihr Projekt erstmals fuer Karlsruhe einen begehrten ERC Starting Grant des European Research Council einwerben.

Posted: Oct 22nd, 2009

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Nanotechnology can help crops grow faster

With potential adverse health and environmental effects often in the news about nanotechnology, scientists in Arkansas are reporting that carbon nanotubes could have beneficial effects in agriculture.

Posted: Oct 21st, 2009

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