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Metamaterials: Critique and Alternatives

In Metamaterials, Professor Munk, a leading expert on periodic structures, denies the existence of negative refraction and provides convincing alternative explanations involving surface waves to some of the experimental examples of metamaterials in the literature.

Posted: May 19th, 2009

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Microorganisms produce eco-friendly plastics

Scientists are looking to microorganisms to pick up the slack and help produce environmentally friendly plastics, according to research presented today at the 109th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

Posted: May 19th, 2009

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UK experts drive nanotechnology debate at BIO 2009

At this year's BIO conference in Atlanta, UK scientists and biotech experts will lead debate on how to drive the development of nanotechnology and maximise its potential to speed up drug discovery and create and enhance patient therapies.

Posted: May 18th, 2009

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Skin from a factory

At the 2009 BIO International Convention in Atlanta from May 18 to 21, Fraunhofer researchers will be demonstrating how artificial skin can be manufactured in a fully automatic process.

Posted: May 18th, 2009

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Developing the next generation of cellulosic biofuels

Microscopic organisms from bacteria and cyanobacteria, to fungi and microalgae, are biological factories that are proving to be efficient sources of inexpensive, environmentally friendly biofuels that can serve as alternatives to oil, according to research presented at the 109th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

Posted: May 18th, 2009

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Nanotechnology solar-hydrogen project wins E.ON research award

This year's E.ON Research Awards topic was on the application of nanotechnology in the energy sector. The awards were given to nine outstanding projects by 11 universities and institutes from six countries - the UK, Sweden, Greece, USA, Australia and Germany.

Posted: May 18th, 2009

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