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Rap music powers rhythmic action of medical sensor

Acoustic waves from music, particularly rap, were found to effectively recharge the pressure sensor. Such a device might ultimately help to treat people stricken with aneurisms or incontinence due to paralysis.

Posted: Jan 26th, 2012

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Public interest group welcomes NRC nanomaterial report

The International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA) welcomes the findings of a new report by an expert panel yesterday, which concluded that despite the surge of nanomaterials in the marketplace, not enough is known about their potential health and environmental risks.

Posted: Jan 26th, 2012

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Berkeley Lab to develop novel materials for hydrogen storage

The biggest challenge with hydrogen-powered fuel cells lies in the storage of hydrogen: how to store enough of it, in a safe and cost-effective manner, to power a vehicle for 300 miles? Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is aiming to solve this problem by synthesizing novel materials with high hydrogen adsorption capacities.

Posted: Jan 26th, 2012

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nano tech Japan enters its next decade

After celebrating its 10th anniversary last year, nano tech 2012 - The11th International Nanotechnology Exhibition and Conference will take place from February 15 to February 17, 2012 at the International Exhibition Center Tokyo Big Sight in Japan

Posted: Jan 26th, 2012

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The European event on graphene

The organizers of Graphene 2012 are pleased to announce the upcoming International Conference on Graphene to be held in Brussels (Belgium), from April 10-13 at the Brussels44Center.

Posted: Jan 26th, 2012

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Speed limit on the quantum highway

A quantum computer based on quantum particles instead of classical bits, can in principle outperform any classical computer. However, it still remains an open question, how fast and how efficient quantum computers really may be able to work. A critical limitation will be given by the velocity with which a quantum signal can spread within a processing unit. For the first time, a group of physicists has succeeded in observing such a process in a solid-state like system.

Posted: Jan 26th, 2012

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Scientists create first free-standing 3-D cloak

Researchers in the US have, for the first time, cloaked a three-dimensional object standing in free space, bringing the much-talked-about invisibility cloak one step closer to reality. Whilst previous studies have either been theoretical in nature or limited to the cloaking of two-dimensional objects, this study shows how ordinary objects can be cloaked in their natural environment in all directions and from all of an observer's positions.

Posted: Jan 26th, 2012

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The first atomic X-ray laser

Using neon atoms, researchers generated ultra-short X-ray bursts of unique color purity. In many cases, this allows a sharper look into the nano world.

Posted: Jan 25th, 2012

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Chemists synthesize artificial cell membrane

Chemists have taken an important step in making artificial life forms from scratch. Using a novel chemical reaction, they have created self-assembling cell membranes, the structural envelopes that contain and support the reactions required for life.

Posted: Jan 25th, 2012

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Protein folding game Foldit functionally remodels enzyme

Foldit, which was initially funded by DARPA, is a game with an online community of 240,000 players that allows non-experts and experts alike to collaborate and solve protein folding puzzles. Solutions to these puzzles are sent to biochemistry researchers to analyze for advances in protein design prediction.

Posted: Jan 25th, 2012

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National Research Council issues new nanotechnology risk report

Despite extensive investment in nanotechnology and increasing commercialization over the last decade, insufficient understanding remains about the environmental, health, and safety aspects of nanomaterials. Without a coordinated research plan to help guide efforts to manage and avoid potential risks, the future of safe and sustainable nanotechnology is uncertain, says a new report from the National Research Council.

Posted: Jan 25th, 2012

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