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Breakthrough allows fast, reliable pathogen identification

Researchers from the University of Toronto have created an electronic chip with record-breaking speed that can analyze samples for panels of infectious bacteria. The new technology can report the identity of the pathogen in a matter of minutes, and looks for many different bacteria and drug resistance markers in parallel, allowing rapid and specific identification of infectious agents.

Posted: Jun 12th, 2013

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Nanothermometer enables first atomic-scale heat transfer measurements

In findings that could help overcome a major technological hurdle in the road toward smaller and more powerful electronics, an international research team involving University of Michigan engineering researchers, has shown the unique ways in which heat dissipates at the tiniest scales.

Posted: Jun 12th, 2013

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Data highways for quantum information on nanowires

Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology quantum mechanically couple atoms to glass fiber cables. Now, they have shown that their technique enables storage of quantum information over a sufficiently long period of time to realize global quantum networks based on optical fibers.

Posted: Jun 12th, 2013

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Luminous bacterial proteins detect chemicals in water

The sensor principle is based on a red and a green fluorescent dye. If a substance to be detected is present in a water sample, then the sensor shines green; a red color, however, indicates that the substance is not present.

Posted: Jun 12th, 2013

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Imec and Holst Centre unveil fully-organic imager

At this week's International Image Sensor Workshop (IISW 2013, Snowbird, US, June 12-16 2013), imec and Holst Centre present a large-area fully-organic photodetector array fabricated on a flexible substrate. The imager is sensitive in the wavelength range suitable for x-ray imaging applications.

Posted: Jun 12th, 2013

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Controlling magnetic clouds in graphene

Graphene can be made magnetic and its magnetism switched on and off at the press of a button, opening a new avenue towards electronics with very low energy consumption.

Posted: Jun 12th, 2013

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Nanotechnology helps track and improve drug action in pancreatic cancer

Scientists have been able to show ways in which we can markedly improve drug targeting of solid tumors, using tiny 'biosensors' along with new advanced imaging techniques. In real time and in three dimensions, these technologies can show us how cancers spread and how active cancer cells respond to a particular drug.

Posted: Jun 12th, 2013

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Polymer nanoreactors create uniform nanocrystals

Using star-shaped block co-polymer structures as tiny reaction vessels, researchers have developed an improved technique for producing nanocrystals with consistent sizes, compositions and architectures - including metallic, ferroelectric, magnetic, semiconductor and luminescent nanocrystals.

Posted: Jun 11th, 2013

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