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Download SEM theory and operation books from JEOL website

JEOL, a leading supplier of high resolution, high performance Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM) and atomic resolution Transmission Electron Microscopes (TEM), has developed two new publications that explain theory and operation of the SEM for routine imaging and elemental analysis.

Posted: Aug 11th, 2009

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Scientists reveal the molecular dance of water

Water is familiar to everyone - it shapes our bodies and our planet. But despite this abundance, the molecular structure of water has remained a mystery, with the substance exhibiting many strange properties that are still poorly understood. Recent work, however, is shedding new light on water's molecular idiosyncrasies, offering insight into its strange bulk properties.

Posted: Aug 11th, 2009

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Researchers achieve complete control over Janus particles

Duke University engineers say they can for the first time control all the degrees of the particle's motion, opening up broad possibilities for nanotechnology and device applications. Their unique technology should make it more likely that Janus particles can be used as the building blocks for a myriad of applications, including such new technologies as electronic paper and self-propelling micromachines.

Posted: Aug 11th, 2009

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Blicke unter die Haut

Das Institut fuer Photonische Technologien (IPHT) verstaerkt seine Aktivitaeten im Bereich der spektralen Bildgebung. Im Rahmen des Verbundprojektes CHEMOPRAEVENT will das Institut mit Hilfe neuester optischer Methoden die Ursache der Nebenwirkungen von Chemotherapeutika untersuchen.

Posted: Aug 11th, 2009

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Measuring the quantum state of a semiconductor artificial molecule

Under a targeted basic research program of the Japan Science and Technology Agency, scientists have developed a new method for electrically measuring a quantum superposition spin state of two electrons captured in a gallium arsenide based semiconductor artificial molecule (double quantum dots).

Posted: Aug 11th, 2009

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Nanocapsules with bee venom destroy tumor cells

When bees sting, they pump poison into their victims. Now the toxin in bee venom has been harnessed to kill tumor cells by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The researchers attached the major component of bee venom to nano-sized spheres that they call nanobees.

Posted: Aug 11th, 2009

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