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Upconversion significantly boosts solar cell efficiency

University of Sydney researchers Dr Tim Schmidt and Professor Max Crossley have come up with an ingenious low-cost device to harvest low energy photons, with the potential of significantly boosting the efficiency of conventional solar cells using a process called upconversion.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2009

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Nano bubble gum for enhancing drug delivery in gut

Tejal A. Desai (University of California, San Francisco) is looking at ways to enhance the oral availability of drugs by designing new delivery devices that will help their absorption in the gut, which she will present on November 12 at a meeting of the scientific society AVS in San Jose.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2009

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First Bose-Einstein condensation of strontium

In an international first, scientists from the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) produced a Bose-Einstein condensate of the alkaline-earth element strontium, thus narrowly winning an international competition between many first-rate scientific groups.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2009

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Ideal shape for cancer therapy nanoparticle is a surfboard

Eric Shaqfeh studies blood at Stanford University, using computer models that simulate how the fluid and the cells it contains move around. On November 11 at a meeting of the scientific society AVS, he will present his latest unpublished findings from two studies.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2009

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EPA funding opportunity: Improving data on fate and behavior of engineered nanomaterials

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), are seeking applications proposing research to provide data that improves the scientific understanding of fate/transport and behavior of engineered nanomaterials.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2009

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