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Biomimetische Haftstrukturen im Grossformat

Dass Geckos oder Spinnen an Waenden entlanglaufen oder kopfueber an der Decke haengen, liegt an den besonders kleinen Oberflaechenstrukturen ihrer Fuesse. Das rasche Haften und problemlose Abloesen durch diese Strukturen inspiriert Wissenschaftler dazu, diese Faehigkeiten kuenstlich im Labor nachzustellen. Den Forschern am INM - Leibniz-Institut fuer Neue Materialien ist es gelungen, diese kuenstliche Struktur mit einem speziellen Verfahren auf Folien beliebiger Laenge mit einem knappen Meter Breite zu bringen.

Posted: Mar 28th, 2011

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Is smell a quantum effect?

A discussion of the current condition for theories of signal transduction in olfaction. One theory based on Luca Turin's hypothesis from 1996, holds promise; that an odorant's quantized vibrational mode (a phonon) may facilitate electron tunnelling which constitutes the recognition event in the nose. The novel mechanism is explored and explained.

Posted: Mar 28th, 2011

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Thailand-Korea research collaboration to cover nanotechnology

The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) recently signed a collaborative Memorandum of Understanding with Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB) during NSTDA Annual Conference 2011 on March 25. In the area of nanotechnology, discussion between KRIBB and National Nanotechnology Center (NANOTEC) focused on target drug delivery for anticancer applications.

Posted: Mar 28th, 2011

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'Green' cars could be made from pineapples and bananas

Your next new car hopefully won't be a lemon. But it could be a pineapple or a banana. That's because scientists in Brazil have developed a more effective way to use fibers from these and other plants in a new generation of automotive plastics that are stronger, lighter, and more eco-friendly than plastics now in use.

Posted: Mar 28th, 2011

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Debut of the first practical 'artificial leaf'

Speaking at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, researchers described an advanced solar cell the size of a poker card that mimics the process, called photosynthesis, that green plants use to convert sunlight and water into energy.

Posted: Mar 27th, 2011

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