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Liposuction goes nanotech

A new biomedical start-up says it may have found a novel way to improve the liposuction procedure using gold nanoparticles to literally melt fat.

Posted: Jun 18th, 2014

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Sharper imaging using X-rays

Physicists have developed a process to generate improved lenses for X-ray microscopy that provide both better resolution and higher throughput.

Posted: Jun 18th, 2014

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Energy-level alignment at metal/organic interfaces: Tying up the loose ends

Researchers implemented a detailed electrostatic model, which is capable of covering the full phenomenological range of interfacial energy-level alignment regimes within a single, consistent framework. Energy barriers/losses could be reproduced in both qualitative and quantitative agreement with a series of experiments.

Posted: Jun 18th, 2014

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Nanoparticles from dietary supplement drinks likely to reach environment, say scientists

Nanoparticles are becoming ubiquitous in food packaging, personal care products and are even being added to food directly. But the health and environmental effects of these tiny additives have remained largely unknown. A new study now suggests that nanomaterials in food and drinks could interfere with digestive cells and lead to the release of the potentially harmful substances to the environment.

Posted: Jun 18th, 2014

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Hydrogen production - Collecting light with artificial moth eyes

All over the world researchers are investigating solar cells which imitate plant photosynthesis, using sunlight and water to create synthetic fuels such as hydrogen. Empa researchers have developed such a photoelectrochemical cell, recreating a moth's eye to drastically increase its light collecting efficiency. The cell is made of cheap raw materials - iron and tungsten oxide.

Posted: Jun 18th, 2014

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A new model for quantum noise

New research updates one of the most fundamental concepts in the physics of quantum electronic devices - the standard tunnelling model.

Posted: Jun 18th, 2014

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