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Electronic nose can detect skin vapors in real time

A team of researchers from Yale University and a Spanish company have developed a system to detect the vapours emitted by human skin in real time. The scientists think that these substances, essentially made up of fatty acids, are what attract mosquitoes and enable dogs to identify their owners.

Posted: Jul 21st, 2009

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German consortium to develop batteries for tomorrow's electric cars with 20m EUR funding

Development of high-performance batteries is an indispensable prerequisite for the economic efficiency of electric cars. For Germany to reach a top level in international electrochemistry research again, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is now funding a consortium of selected universities and non-university research institutions in southern Germany.

Posted: Jul 21st, 2009

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Nanotechnology could power supersonic airplanes

An interdisciplinary team of scientists led by Princeton engineers has been awarded a $3 million grant to study how fuel additives made of tiny particles known as nanocatalysts can help supersonic jets fly faster and make diesel engines cleaner and more efficient.

Posted: Jul 21st, 2009

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Nanoparticle-based 'chemical nose' sniffs out cancer earlier

Using a 'chemical nose' array of nanoparticles and polymers, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a fundamentally new, more effective way to differentiate not only between healthy and cancerous cells but also between metastatic and nonmetastatic cancer cells.

Posted: Jul 21st, 2009

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