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New microscope measures nanomagnet properties vital to spintronics (w/video)

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new microscope able to view and measure an important but elusive property of the nanoscale magnets used in an advanced, experimental form of digital memory. The new instrument already has demonstrated its utility with initial results that suggest how to limit power consumption in future computer memories.

Posted: Mar 15th, 2013

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Nanotechnology sensor for the quantum world

Carbon nanotubes and magnetic molecules are considered building blocks of future nanoelectronic systems. Their electric and mechanical properties play an important role. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and French colleagues from Grenoble and Strasbourg have now found a way to combine both components on the atomic level and to build a quantum mechanical system with novel properties.

Posted: Mar 15th, 2013

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Graphen für verbesserten Flammschutz von Kunststoffen

Durch Zusatz von lediglich 0,5 bis zwei Prozent des Kohlenstoffmoleküls Graphen gelang es, den Flammschutz von Kunststoffen zu optimieren. Damit erweise sich das nur aus einer oder wenigen Atomlagen bestehende Graphen als ein vielversprechender neuer Hilfsstoff für einen halogenfreien Flammschutz von Kunststoffen

Posted: Mar 15th, 2013

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Scientists engineer artificial human liver for drug testing and discovery

IBN researchers have now made it possible for companies to predict the toxicity of new drugs earlier, potentially speeding up the drug development process and reducing the cost of manufacturing. The tool they have engineered to enable this is an artificial human liver piece, which mimics the natural tissue environment closely.

Posted: Mar 15th, 2013

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'Metasurfaces' to usher in new optical technologies

New optical technologies using 'metasurfaces' capable of the ultra-efficient control of light are nearing commercialization, with potential applications including advanced solar cells, computers, telecommunications, sensors and microscopes.

Posted: Mar 15th, 2013

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Researchers develop new nanopore sensor for methylated DNA

Collaborators from Mayo-Illinois Alliance for Technology Based Healthcare have developed a new, single molecule test for detecting methylated DNA. Methylation - the addition of a methyl group of molecules to a DNA strand - is one of the ways gene expression is regulated.

Posted: Mar 14th, 2013

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Europe's largest Nanotechnology Conference comes to Dublin

The 6th biannual conference, EuroNanoForum 2013, will gather experts and decision-makers of the nanotechnology community to Dublin this June. EuroNanoForum 2013 is the largest nanotechnology conference in Europe and will focus on the impact of nanotechnology in improving people's lives, especially in the key societal sectors such as health, energy and environment. The event coincides with Nanotech Europe exhibition and the Nanoweek Ireland.

Posted: Mar 14th, 2013

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Feynman's double-slit experiment brought to life

The precise methodology of Richard Feynman's famous double-slit thought-experiment - a cornerstone of quantum mechanics that showed how electrons behave as both a particle and a wave - has been followed in full for the very first time.

Posted: Mar 14th, 2013

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