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Engineered metamaterials enable remarkably small antennas

In an advance that might interest Q-Branch, the gadget makers for James Bond, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and partners from industry and academia have designed and tested experimental antennas that are highly efficient and yet a fraction of the size of standard antenna systems with comparable properties.

Posted: Jan 26th, 2010

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Where droplets gently touch a membrane

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces have described mathematically why some vesicles constrict to form a figure-eight shape. As part of this process, they have established that this constriction differs in its details to what was previously thought, and that its shape is dependent on the material characteristics of the components involved.

Posted: Jan 26th, 2010

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Large current to flow with zero resistance

How can one increase the maximum current which can flow in a superconductor without any resistance? Counter-intuitively the answer in some circumstances is to increase the dissipation (i.e. the energy losses) in the superconductor.

Posted: Jan 26th, 2010

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Breakthrough for the super material graphene

Graphene produced using a method developed at Linkoeping University is now being used as part of a study at Chalmers University of Technology, where it has been shown that graphene maintains the same high quality as silicon, thus paving the way for large-scale production.

Posted: Jan 26th, 2010

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Conference to focus on therapeutics of the future

Some of the leading scientists in bioengineering, nanotechnology and pharmaco-genomics will gather on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 to discuss how to harness the tools of these emerging fields to develop new diagnostics and treatments for complex diseases.

Posted: Jan 26th, 2010

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Scientists achieve first rewire of genetic switches

A team of scientists from the School of Chemistry and the Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre (MIB) at The University of Manchester have found a way of hijacking so-called 'riboswitches' and directing gene activity.

Posted: Jan 25th, 2010

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