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Two innovative LMU projects in physics receive EU funding

Two junior researchers at Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich have been awarded prestigious Starting Grants by the European Research Council (ERC). Professor Dieter Braun and Professor Philip Tinnefeld, both members of the Faculty of Physics, will each receive research funding in the amount of some 1.5 million Euros over the next five years.

Posted: Aug 5th, 2010

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Compact microscope a marvel

A compact microscope invented at Rice University is proving its potential to impact global health. This portable, battery-operated fluorescence microscope, which costs $240, stacks up nicely against devices that retail for as much as $40,000 in diagnosing signs of tuberculosis.

Posted: Aug 5th, 2010

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Gaming for a cure: Computer gamers tackle protein folding

Biochemists and computer scientists at the University of Washington two years ago launched an ambitious project harnessing the brainpower of computer gamers to solve medical problems. The game, Foldit, turns one of the hardest problems in molecular biology into a game a bit reminiscent of Tetris.

Posted: Aug 5th, 2010

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Nano-Energy Workshop on September 13-14

Sessions and discussions will explore how a wide range of nanotechnology disciplines across chemistry, materials, electrical engineering, physics and photonics are being explored to address the need to improve today's energy efficiencies and even tap into new sources of energy production.

Posted: Aug 5th, 2010

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NSF funds innovative approach to biomimetic nanofiber bone regeneration

Funded by the National Science Foundation, Dr. Hongjun Wang, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Biomedical Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology and his collaborators have developed a revolutionary bottom-up approach for reconstructing intricate bone tissue with the potential to form hierarchical cortical bone.

Posted: Aug 4th, 2010

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For the first time ever, scientists watch an atom's electrons moving in real time

An international team of scientists has used ultrashort flashes of laser light to directly observe the movement of an atom's outer electrons for the first time. Through a process called attosecond absorption spectroscopy, researchers were able to time the oscillations between simultaneously produced quantum states of valence electrons with great precision. These oscillations drive electron motion.

Posted: Aug 4th, 2010

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Frontiers of plasmonics

The following articles are concerning the recent progress in plasmonics, including fabrications, experimental measurements and theoretical calculations of optical properties of nanostructures.

Posted: Aug 4th, 2010

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Nanofluidic 'multi-tool' separates and sizes nanoparticles

A wrench or a screwdriver of a single size is useful for some jobs, but for a more complicated project, you need a set of tools of different sizes. Following this guiding principle, researchers have engineered a nanoscale fluidic device that functions as a miniature 'multi-tool' for working with nanoparticles.

Posted: Aug 4th, 2010

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