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A colorful approach to solar energy

Revisiting a once-abandoned technique, engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have successfully created a sophisticated, yet affordable, method to turn ordinary glass into a high-tech solar concentrator.

Posted: Jul 10th, 2008

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Invitation to participate in a survey on synthetic biology

The purpose of this study is to better understand the level of knowledge you and others have about the emerging field of synthetic biology, what you feel the future of synthetic biology holds, what you feel the implications of advances in synthetic biology may be and what you think the framework of governance for synthetic biology should be.

Posted: Jul 10th, 2008

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Toothpick: New molecular tag IDs bone and tooth minerals

Enlisting an army of plant viruses to their cause, materials researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have identified a small biomolecule that binds specifically to one of the key crystal structures of the body - the calcium compound that is the basic building block of teeth and bone.

Posted: Jul 10th, 2008

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Multitasking nanotechnology

Tiny electronically active chemicals can be made to form ordered layers on a surface, thanks to research supported by the European Science Foundation (ESF) through the EUROCORES program SONS 2 (Self-Organised NanoStructures).

Posted: Jul 10th, 2008

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Unusual terrace-like nanoscale mound formation

Terrace-like elevations of just a few nanometres can form during production of organic thin films made from electrically conductive material. This phenomenon was previously only known from inorganic materials and is crucially important for future production of a new generation of semi-conductor components based on organic thin films.

Posted: Jul 9th, 2008

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Nanocantilevers image nanoparticles in cells

Borrowing from a Nobel Prize-winning technique credited with starting the nanotechnology revolution, a team of researchers has developed a method for imaging nanoparticles inside of cells.

Posted: Jul 9th, 2008

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