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Unraveling biological networks

A new approach to disentangling the complexities of biological networks, such as the way in which proteins interact in our body's cells has been developed by researchers in China.

Posted: Mar 5th, 2012

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Graphene research could enable better, cheaper detection of hazardous gases

Fazel Yavari has developed a new sensor to detect extremely small quantities of hazardous gases. Made from a 3-D foam of graphene, this sensor is durable, inexpensive to make, and opens the door to a new generation of gas detectors for use by bomb squads, defense and law enforcement officials, as well as applications in industrial settings.

Posted: Mar 5th, 2012

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Battery 500 Project: 800 km range for electrovehicles

IBM's Battery 500 project, led by scientists at IBM Research - Almaden in California, is an interdisciplinary consortium to develop a lithium-air battery that aims to increase the range of electrovehicles to 500 miles (approximately 800 km). This is more than five times the range of today's batteries, which average some 150 km per charge.

Posted: Mar 5th, 2012

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A guide to responsible nanotechnology business

The European funded project ObservatoryNANO has published a guide to responsible nano-business, outlining how to use nanotechnology for the benefit of business, customers and society. The guide is intended for companies involved in the development and commercialisation of nanotechnology-based materials and applications.

Posted: Mar 3rd, 2012

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Researchers provide atomic view of a histone chaperone

Mayo Clinic researchers have gained insights into the function of a member of a family of specialized proteins called histone chaperones. Using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography, they have determined the 3-D structure and interactions of the histone chaperone Rtt106 down to the atomic details.

Posted: Mar 3rd, 2012

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Neural implants made of carbon - Launch of the European NeuroCare project

In the future, neural implants could replace destroyed sensory cells in the eye or ear - a dream come true for humanity. One of the greatest challenges yet to be addressed is designing the interface between medical technology and human tissue. In order to overcome the limitations of existing models, scientists from 12 institutions involved in the NeuroCare project, which kicked off on 1 March 2012, will develop novel biointerfaces made of carbon.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2012

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Here comes Z-Man!

DARPA develops "Geckskin", an adhesive to climb walls without ropes or ladders.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2012

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One of the most advanced radiation sensors in the world

At the Micro and Nano Laboratory in Gaustadbekkdalen in Oslo, scientists have created one of the most advanced radiation sensors in the world: an X-ray detector that can reveal the composition of materials in a fraction of a second.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2012

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