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Nearly as hard as steel: Aluminum with fullerenes

Russian researchers are using special carbon nanoparticles to optimize materials. They are adding fullerenes to aluminum to obtain a new material that is roughly three times harder than conventional composites, yet weights much less.

Posted: Jul 16th, 2010

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Nanoparticles boost generator performance

The electrical energy in generators is generated in copper bars insulated against high electrical voltages with thick layers of plastic. New materials would enable a thinner design for these insulators, freeing up space for thicker bars in which ultimately more energy could be generated.

Posted: Jul 16th, 2010

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Chemists grow crystals with a twist - and untwist

Chemists from New York University and Russia's St. Petersburg State University have created crystals that can twist and untwist, pointing to a much more varied process of crystal growth than previously thought.

Posted: Jul 16th, 2010

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Cells' 'protein factory' filmed in action

EU-funded researchers have made a film showing cells' protein factories, ribosomes, in action. The work offers an unprecedented glimpse of the workings of these essential pieces of cellular machinery and could aid the development of new drugs.

Posted: Jul 15th, 2010

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Research on multifunctional optical nanocomposite coatings wins award

R+D Magazine has named Lockheed Martin and Sandia National Laboratories' research on multifunctional optical coatings as one of the 100 greatest technologies introduced this year. The technology was developed as part of the Shared Vision cooperative program that fosters collaboration among top scientists and funds research in key technologies for both organizations.

Posted: Jul 15th, 2010

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First HighTech Europe Knowledge Auction on food packaging innovations

The first European Knowledge Auction on food packaging innovations aims at bringing together latest scientific knowledge and industrial needs. The knowledge auction is a tool to accelerate the transfer of scientific results to marketplace, thus strengthening the competitiveness of the European food economy, especially SMEs.

Posted: Jul 15th, 2010

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