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Nano-structured polymer-based materials from scrap

EU-funded researchers developed polymer blends and processing techniques facilitating recovery of scrap from industrial processes. Advances in this area have the potential to decrease costs and waste while protecting the environment.

Posted: May 25th, 2012

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Scientists evaluate different antimicrobial metals for use in water filters

Researchers from Princeton University in New Jersey used atomic force microscopy measurements to study the adhesion interaction between Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria and colloidal silver, silver nanoparticles, and copper nanoparticles, as well as the interactions of the bacteria and the three different types of metal to porous clay-based ceramic surfaces.

Posted: May 24th, 2012

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A nanoclutch for nanobots

Chinese researchers have designed and tested simulations of a "nanoclutch," a speed regulation tool for nanomotors.

Posted: May 24th, 2012

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Discarded data may hold the key to a sharper view of molecules

There's nothing like a new pair of eyeglasses to bring fine details into sharp relief. For scientists who study the large molecules of life from proteins to DNA, the equivalent of new lenses have come in the form of an advanced method for analyzing data from X-ray crystallography experiments.

Posted: May 24th, 2012

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A new record for graphene solar cell efficiency

Doping may be a no-no for athletes, but researchers in the University of Florida's physics department say it was key in getting unprecedented power conversion efficiency from a new graphene solar cell created in their lab.

Posted: May 24th, 2012

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Newly modified nanoparticle opens window on future gene editing technologies

Researchers at Iowa State University have now demonstrated the ability to deliver proteins and DNA into plant cells, simultaneously. This is important because it now opens up opportunities for more sophisticated and targeted plant genome editing-techniques that require the precise delivery of both protein and DNA to bring about specific gene modifications in crop plants.

Posted: May 24th, 2012

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Synthetic nano-waste does not disappear

Tiny particles of cerium oxide do not burn or change in the heat of a waste incineration plant. They remain intact on combustion residues or in the incineration system, as a new study by researchers from ETH Zurich reveals.

Posted: May 24th, 2012

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