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Turn your mobile phone into a fluorescence microscope

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, are proving that a camera phone can capture far more than photos of people or pets at play. They have now developed a cell phone microscope, or CellScope, that not only takes color images of malaria parasites, but of tuberculosis bacteria labeled with fluorescent markers.

Posted: Jul 22nd, 2009

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Developing a successor to flash memory

The race is on for a successor to the popular flash memory used in portable devices. European researchers think they have found a candidate in novel materials combined with a simple, easily fabricated 'crossbar' architecture.

Posted: Jul 21st, 2009

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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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