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Using nanocellulose to create novel composite materials

Researchers have developed a manufacturing process for nanocellulose powder, the raw material for creating polymer composites which can be used, for example, in lightweight structures for the car industry or as membrane and filter material for biomedicinal applications.

Posted: Oct 26th, 2011

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Quantum computer components 'coalesce' to 'converse'

If quantum computers are ever to be realized, they likely will be made of different types of parts that will need to share information with one another, just like the memory and logic circuits in today's computers do. However, prospects for achieving this kind of communication seemed distant - until now. A team of physicists has shown for the first time how these parts might communicate effectively.

Posted: Oct 26th, 2011

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Engineers bring new meaning to the force of light

New research by engineers at the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science demonstrates that nanomechanical resonators can operate at much higher amplitudes than previously thought. The results represent an advance in optomechanics, in which the force of light is used to control mechanical devices. The findings could have implications for future communications and sensing technologies.

Posted: Oct 25th, 2011

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A carbon nanotube immunosensor for Salmonella

When combined with biological molecules, such as antibodies, carbon nanotubes have the potential to perform a range of new and useful functions in miniature biotechnology devices - from detecting breast cancer cells to the Penn-Alabama State team's salmonella project.

Posted: Oct 25th, 2011

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Attacking cancer cells with nanoparticles

About every three days, Colleen Alexander, a chemistry graduate student, feeds cells that cause a deadly type of brain cancer. It's a ritual that involves assessing the health of the cells under a microscope, washing away dead cells with a special solution and instilling clean medium that will nurture the living cells and generate new ones. At some point, these cells will be subjected to chemotherapy agents attached to nanoparticles made of gold.

Posted: Oct 25th, 2011

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