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Beetle foot pads may inspire novel artificial adhesives

The arrays of fine adhesive hairs or 'setae' on the foot pads of many insects, lizards and spiders give them the ability to climb almost any natural surface. Research by James Bullock and Walter Federle from the University of Cambridge in England found that the different forces required to peel away these adhesive hairs from surfaces are what allows beetles to adhere to diverse surfaces, thereby reducing the risk of detachment.

Posted: Apr 7th, 2011

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Food packaging takes over the role of quality control

When it comes to packaged fish or meat, it is nearly impossible to distinguish between fresh goods and their inedible counterparts. Researchers have now developed a sensor film that can be integrated into the package itself, where it takes over the role of quality control. And if the food has spoiled, it changes color to announce the fact.

Posted: Apr 7th, 2011

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Elsevier launches "Apps for Science" challenge

Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the launch of the "Apps for Science" challenge, an international competition challenging software developers to create customized applications that enhance information search and discovery for researchers.

Posted: Apr 7th, 2011

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Researchers develop battery-less chemical detector

Unlike many conventional chemical detectors that require an external power source, Lawrence Livermore researchers have developed a nanosensor that relies on semiconductor nanowires, rather than traditional batteries. The device overcomes the power requirement of traditional sensors and is simple, highly sensitive and can detect various molecules quickly.

Posted: Apr 6th, 2011

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Brown-URI nanotechnology consortium reaches out to industry

A consortium formed by Brown University and the University of Rhode Island has invited industry leaders to explore partnerships and the job-creating potential of nanotechnology, a cutting-edge branch of science that has produced materials found in products from cosmetics to computer chips.

Posted: Apr 6th, 2011

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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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