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An electrifying advance toward tomorrow's power suits

Could powering an iPod or cell phone become as easy as plugging it into your tee shirt or jeans, and then recharging the clothing overnight? Scientists in California are reporting an advance in that direction with an easier way of changing ordinary cotton and polyester into 'conductive energy textiles'.

Posted: Jan 20th, 2010

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How do free electrons originate?

Scientists at Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics (IPP) in Garching and Greifswald and Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin have discovered a new way in which high-energy radiation in water can release slow electrons.

Posted: Jan 20th, 2010

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MicroRNA: Keeping death in check

Recent research has illuminated a surprisingly important role for tiny RNA molecules, known as microRNAs, in downregulating the production of a variety of proteins and researchers have now teased out the role of microRNAs in managing p53 levels

Posted: Jan 20th, 2010

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A roundabout method of reading data can improve quantum memory

Researchers who hope to create quantum computers are currently investigating various methods to store data. Nitrogen atoms embedded in diamond show promise for encoding quantum bits (qubits), but the process of reading the information results in an extremely weak signal. Now physicists have demonstrated a roundabout approach for generating a significantly stronger signal from these sorts of qubits.

Posted: Jan 19th, 2010

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