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Designing nanoscale materials with a precise control over properties

Shiv Khanna, Ph.D., a professor in the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Department of Physics, together with colleagues from VCU, Penn State University and the California Nanosystems Institute, were recently highlighted in the Editor's Choice section of the journal Science for their work demonstrating how nanomaterials with control of specific properties can be created.

Posted: Mar 5th, 2010

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Iron atoms convey mussel fibres with a robust but stretchy covering

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces and collaborators at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Chicago believe they have uncovered the basis how marine mussels use the byssus, a bundle of tough and extensible fibres, to fasten securely to wave-swept rocky coastlines.

Posted: Mar 5th, 2010

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A fingerprint for genes

Scientists applied a new strategy to identify and characterize genes involved in endocytosis. For that a combination of high-resolution microscopy and quantitative image analysis enabled the scientists to investigate the effects of a large number of genes.

Posted: Mar 5th, 2010

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Neues Verfahren zur Herstellung photonischer Kristalle

Wissenschaftler lassen Licht selbst die kristallinen Strukturen bilden, in denen das Licht dann effektiv geleitet und gespeichert werden kann. Diese Technik koennte zum Beispiel zur Herstellung hocheffizienter Flachbildschirme eingesetzt werden.

Posted: Mar 5th, 2010

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The geometry of randomness

Geometric factors can have a strong influence on the seemingly random walk of objects across pores in a thin membrane

Posted: Mar 5th, 2010

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Fraunhofer opens development laboratory for future biotechnology production

Automation is becoming increasingly important in the field of biotechnology, and the only mean of simultaneously testing thousands of substances on cells, or of creating artificial skin models at competitive prices. The location of Stuttgart Vaihingen, home to the Biopolis testing laboratory, which was officially opened on 9 February at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA), is playing a part in these developments.

Posted: Mar 5th, 2010

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Sizing up nanotechnology: How nanoparticles may affect skin care products

Speaking today at the 68th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), dermatologist Adnan Nasir, MD, PhD, FAAD, clinical assistant professor in the department of dermatology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, presented an overview of nanotechnology and how nanoparticles may eventually be used in cosmetic products.

Posted: Mar 4th, 2010

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