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German consortium to develop batteries for tomorrow's electric cars with 20m EUR funding

Development of high-performance batteries is an indispensable prerequisite for the economic efficiency of electric cars. For Germany to reach a top level in international electrochemistry research again, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is now funding a consortium of selected universities and non-university research institutions in southern Germany.

Posted: Jul 21st, 2009

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Nanotechnology could power supersonic airplanes

An interdisciplinary team of scientists led by Princeton engineers has been awarded a $3 million grant to study how fuel additives made of tiny particles known as nanocatalysts can help supersonic jets fly faster and make diesel engines cleaner and more efficient.

Posted: Jul 21st, 2009

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Nanoparticle-based 'chemical nose' sniffs out cancer earlier

Using a 'chemical nose' array of nanoparticles and polymers, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a fundamentally new, more effective way to differentiate not only between healthy and cancerous cells but also between metastatic and nonmetastatic cancer cells.

Posted: Jul 21st, 2009

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Artificial optical material might allow the study of the effects of general relativity in the lab

Even Albert Einstein might have been impressed. His theory of general relativity, which describes how the gravity of a massive object, such as a star, can curve space and time, has been successfully used to predict such astronomical observations as the bending of starlight by the sun, small shifts in the orbit of the planet Mercury and the phenomenon known as gravitational lensing. Now, however, it may soon be possible to study the effects of general relativity in bench-top laboratory experiments.

Posted: Jul 20th, 2009

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Holographic video allows 3-D movies of biomolecules

Physicists at New York University have developed a technique to record three-dimensional movies of microscopic systems, such as biological molecules, through holographic video. The work has potential to improve medical diagnostics and drug discovery.

Posted: Jul 20th, 2009

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