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Electronics of nature's nano machines

A team from the University's Schools of Biosciences and Physics and Astronomy have made a breakthrough in our understanding of proteins - the workhorse molecules of the cell and nature's very own nano machines.

Posted: Nov 23rd, 2012

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Nanodiamonds as revealing feed for microorganisms

Researchers have treated the protist microorganisms Paramecium caudatum and Tetrahymena thermophile as well as a murine macrophage cell line with nanodiamond particles in order to study the biocompatibility and the biolabeling properties of the nanomaterial.

Posted: Nov 23rd, 2012

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Scientists look to nanotechnologies to boost crop yields

Nanotechnologies that deliver fertilisers to plants offer promising ways of improving farm productivity while reducing the risk of water contamination. But the scientists behind a new Swiss-funded study caution that while the technology is still evolving, potential risks must be considered.

Posted: Nov 23rd, 2012

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Nanotechnology - for or against? PACE Committee plans to draw up legal standards to protect European citizens

As the debate intensifies between those for and against nanotechnology, the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development of the Parliamentary Assembly proposed this week that the Council of Europe should draw up legal standards which would be designed to protect citizens, while encouraging the potential beneficial use of nanotechnology.

Posted: Nov 22nd, 2012

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Xenon goes topless

Record ionisation: An X-ray laser removes more than two complete shells from the electron cloud surrounding noble gas atoms.

Posted: Nov 22nd, 2012

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New structures self-assemble in synchronized dance (w/video)

Researchers from the University of Illinois and Northwestern University have demonstrated tiny spheres that synchronize their movements as they self-assemble into a spinning microtube. Such in-motion structures, a blending of mathematics and materials science, could open a new class of technologies with applications in medicine, chemistry and engineering.

Posted: Nov 21st, 2012

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The effectiveness of N95 respirator filters against nanoparticles

A new research published by the IRSST (Quebec Occupational Health and Safety Research Institute) developed a method for characterizing respirator and ventilation system filters at different air flow rates. This method could also apply to the evaluation of the effectiveness of porous protective clothing.

Posted: Nov 21st, 2012

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