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Scientists develop two-component polymer scaffolds for controlled 3D cell culture

At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), researchers of the DFG Center for Functional Nanostructures succeeded in specifically cultivating cells on three-dimensional structures. The fascinating thing is that the cells are offered small "holds" in the micrometer range on the scaffold, to which they can adhere. Adhesion is possible to these holds only, not to the remaining structure.

Posted: Apr 6th, 2011

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JRC at the 4th Annual Nanotechnology Safety for Success Dialogue Workshop

Participants of this year's edition of the European Commission's Nano - Safety for Success Dialogue met under the heading of assessing the science and issues at the science / regulation interface. The event, organised by Health and Consumers Directorate General of the European Commission, took place in Brussels on 29-30 March 2011.

Posted: Apr 6th, 2011

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Researchers develop golden window electrodes for organic solar cells

Researchers at the University of Warwick have developed a gold plated window as the transparent electrode for organic solar cells. Contrary to what one might expect, these electrodes have the potential to be relatively cheap since the thickness of gold used is only eight nanometers.

Posted: Apr 6th, 2011

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Rejuvenating electron microscopy

Modifying a protein from a plant much favored by science, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and colleagues have created a new type of genetic tag visible under an electron microscope, illuminating life in never-before-seen detail.

Posted: Apr 6th, 2011

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DNA stretching - a new technique to detect illnesses

Making DNA sequences being passed through nanochannels a thousand times thinner than a human hair to the point that they take on the form of diminutive spaghetti. This is an innovative technique, known as DNA stretching, and is one of the lines of research in which CIC microGUNE is working, and about which they have already published two scientific articles and are shortly to apply for a patent.

Posted: Apr 5th, 2011

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Force of acoustical waves tapped for metamaterials

A very simple bench-top technique that uses the force of acoustical waves to create a variety of 3D structures will benefit the rapidly expanding field of metamaterials and their myriad applications - including "invisibility cloaks".

Posted: Apr 5th, 2011

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