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Laser technology takes a quantum leap

An EU-funded research team from Austria's University of Innsbruck has invented a single atom laser which works on the same principle as a classic laser but also has quantum mechanical properties in its atom-photon interactions.

Posted: Apr 15th, 2010

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How molecular chaperones influence protein structures

Chaperones enable newly synthesized proteins to adopt the precise three-dimensional conformation that is necessary for their biological function. Little is known about the changes in molecular structure of chaperones as they help substrate proteins to fold. Now, researchers have been able to follow in real time the structural changes that occur in an important type of chaperone as it coaxes an unfolded substrate protein into shape.

Posted: Apr 15th, 2010

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Sun shining on Norwegian silicon

Elkem Solar, a Norwegian producer of solar-grade silicon, has combined basic and applied research to develop production methods that cut costs and consume less energy than conventional silicon production.

Posted: Apr 15th, 2010

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Nanotechnology treatment for acne

A natural product found in both coconut oil and human breast milk - lauric acid - shines as a possible new acne treatment. Thanks to a 'smart delivery system' capable of delivering lauric-acid-filled nano-scale bombs directly to skin-dwelling bacteria that cause common acne.

Posted: Apr 15th, 2010

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Cat brain: A step toward the electronic equivalent

University of Michigan computer engineer Wei Lu has taken a step toward developing this revolutionary type of machine that could be capable of learning and recognizing, as well as making more complex decisions and performing more tasks simultaneously than conventional computers can.

Posted: Apr 14th, 2010

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New method for recovering pricey nanoparticles

Scientists are reporting first use of a new method that may make it easier for manufacturers to recover, recycle, and reuse nanoparticles, some of which ounce for ounce can be more precious than gold. The method, which offers a solution to a nagging problem, could speed application of nanotechnology in new generations of solar cells, flexible electronic displays, and other products, the scientists suggest.

Posted: Apr 14th, 2010

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Einblick in die Nanowelt - das Unsichtbare sichtbar machen

Die Friedrich-Alexander Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg bekommt ein neues 'Auge', mit dem Wissenschaftler die Wunderwelt von Nanomaterialen untersuchen koennen: Am 30. April 2010 weiht die Universitaet das Transmissionselektronenmikroskop TITAN3 und das eigens dafuer errichtete Gebaeude in einem Festakt offiziell ein.

Posted: Apr 14th, 2010

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New detector counts photons with 99 percent efficiency

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed the world's most efficient single photon detector, which is able to count individual particles of light traveling through fiber optic cables with roughly 99 percent efficiency.

Posted: Apr 14th, 2010

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