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Tiny sensor measures real-time water stress in living plants

The device is an embedded microsensor capable of measuring real-time water stress in living plants. In theory, the sensor will help vintners strike the precise balance between drought and overwatering - both of which diminish the quality of wine grapes.

Posted: Jul 7th, 2009

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Light-absorbing nanowires may make better solar panels

A century after German physicist Gustav Mie derived the math to explain why the colors in some stained glass windows look especially resplendent in the sunlight, a team of Stanford engineers has built upon his work to potentially improve a means of harvesting energy from the sun.

Posted: Jul 7th, 2009

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Physicists make electron gas visible

X-rays can be used to image hidden structures such as bones of the human body. But now, a team of physicists has succeeded in demonstrating the electronic structure of an interface in a solid for the first time

Posted: Jul 6th, 2009

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Computer simulations shed light on nanosized minerals

The red and blue images appear ghostly, like a fleeting glimpse of something that's never been seen before - which is true. Using computer simulations, Berkeley Lab scientists have developed the first predicted images of water molecules surrounding a nanoparticle, in this case an iron-oxide mineral called hematite.

Posted: Jul 6th, 2009

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New research accelerates development of high capacity hydrogen storage materials

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River National Laboratory have created a reversible route to generate aluminum hydride, a high capacity hydrogen storage material. This achievement is not only expected to accelerate the development of a whole class of storage materials, but also has far reaching applications in areas spanning energy technology and synthetic chemistry.

Posted: Jul 6th, 2009

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IMEC and Renesas to collaborate on on reconfigurable RF transceivers

Renesas Technology Corp., one of the world's leading semiconductor system solutions providers for mobile, automotive and PC/AV (Audio Visual) markets, has entered into a strategic research collaboration with IMEC, Europe's leading independent research center in the field of nanoelectronics, to perform research on 45nm RF transceivers targeting Gbit/s cognitive radios.

Posted: Jul 6th, 2009

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EU sponsored research to build nanotoxicology database

How nanoparticle toxicity affects the health and environment of Europeans is a concern that many researchers are currently investigating. Rising to the challenge is the NHECD ('Nano health-environment commented database') project, funded under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme to the tune of EUR 1.45 million. The project partners are seeking to create a critical and commented database on the health, safety and environmental impact of nanoparticles.

Posted: Jul 3rd, 2009

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