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Scientists create toolbox of fluorescent probes in a rainbow of colors

Scientists are advancing the state-of-the-art in live cell fluorescent imaging by developing a new class of fluorescent probes that span the spectrum - from violet to the near-infrared. The new technology, called fluoromodules, can be used to monitor biological activities of individual proteins in living cells in real time.

Posted: Mar 25th, 2010

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Max-Planck-Gesellschaft transferiert ihr Neurochip-Knowhow nach Reutlingen

Prof. Dr. Peter Fromherz am Max-Planck-Institut (MPI) fuer Biochemie in Martinsried hat mit der ehemaligen Forschungsabteilung der Infineon Technologies AG einen einzigartigen Neurochip mit 16.384 Sensoren auf einem Quadratmillimeter Chipflaeche entwickelt. Das dabei gewonnene Wissen und das Entwicklungs-Knowhow werden jetzt nach Reutlingen transferiert, um die Neurochip-Technologie weiter zu entwickeln.

Posted: Mar 25th, 2010

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New research center to focus on advanced plasma processes and insulators used in semiconductor manufacturing

Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the world's leading university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, and the University of North Texas (UNT) today announced the formation of a new research center focused on the fundamental understanding of advanced plasma processes and insulators used in manufacturing state-of-the-art semiconductor chips.

Posted: Mar 25th, 2010

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Tissue-hugging implant maps heart electrical activity in unprecedented detail

A team of cardiologists, materials scientists, and bioengineers have created and tested a new type of implantable device for measuring the heart's electrical output that they say is a vast improvement over current devices. The new device represents the first use of flexible silicon technology for a medical application.

Posted: Mar 24th, 2010

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Researchers create 'handshaking' particles

This work marks the first time scientists have succeeded in 'programming' particles to join in this manner and offers a type of architecture that could enhance the creation of synthetic materials.

Posted: Mar 24th, 2010

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Contact lenses loaded with vitamin E may treat glaucoma

The popular dietary supplement vitamin E, loaded into special medicated contact lenses, can keep glaucoma medicine near the eye - where it can treat that common disease - almost 100 times longer than possible with current commercial lenses, scientists reported here today.

Posted: Mar 24th, 2010

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FramingNano Governance Platform well received by Swiss stakeholders

At invitation of the Innovation Society, St.Gallen, on March 18th, the national FramingNano Conference took place in the Stade de Suisse in Bern. Numerous stakeholders from industries, authorities and associations discussed the proposal for a European Governance Platform for a responsible development of nanosciences and nanotechnologies.

Posted: Mar 24th, 2010

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Synthetic biology and life: German Ethics Council encourages debate

The field of synthetic biology is popping up in the headlines with surprising regularity: While some see it as a normal development for biotechnology, others speak of divine creation in the laboratory. The German Ethics Council recently debated the issue in a public panel discussion in Berlin.

Posted: Mar 24th, 2010

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