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Creating a coating of water-repellent microscopic particles to keep ice off airplanes

To help planes fly safely through cold, wet, and icy conditions, a team of Japanese scientists has developed a new super water-repellent surface that can prevent ice from forming in these harsh atmospheric conditions. Unlike current inflight anti-icing techniques, the researchers envision applying this new anti-icing method to an entire aircraft like a coat of paint.

Posted: Nov 17th, 2012

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Visualizing floating cereal patterns to understand nanotechnology processes

Small floating objects change the dynamics of the surface they are on. This is an effect every serious student of breakfast has seen as rafts of floating cereal o's arrange and rearrange themselves into patterns on the milk. Now scientists have suggested that this process may offer insight into nanoscale engineering processes.

Posted: Nov 17th, 2012

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Silicon optical chip twists beams of light

University of Glasgow scientists have helped to create silicon optical chips to generate twisted beams of light which could be used to manipulate tiny particles or increase the capacity of optical communications technology.

Posted: Nov 16th, 2012

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Beating the dark side of quantum computing

Richard Overill of the Department of Informatics at King's College London is working in the field of digital forensics to develop the necessary tools to pre-empt the cyber-criminals as quantum computing becomes reality.

Posted: Nov 16th, 2012

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Nanoscale insights could lead to improved nuclear reactors

In order to build the next generation of nuclear reactors, materials scientists are trying to unlock the secrets of certain materials that are radiation-damage tolerant. Now researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have brought new understanding to one of those secrets - how the interfaces between two carefully selected metals can absorb, or heal, radiation damage.

Posted: Nov 16th, 2012

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Charakterisierung von nanoskaligen Eigenschaften chemischer Stoffe unter REACH

Die Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (BAuA) hat den Forschungsauftrag zur "Charakterisierung von nanoskaligen Eigenschaften chemischer Stoffe als Grundlage für die Regulierung im Rahmen der Verordnung (EG) Nr. 1907/2006 (REACH)" vergeben. Der jetzt veröffentlichte Endbericht zeigt, wie sich die für die REACH-Verordnung geltenden physikalisch-chemischen Prüfnachweise auf Nanomaterialien anwenden lassen.

Posted: Nov 16th, 2012

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Supercharged

Researchers discover technique to kick a record number of electrons out of an atom with an X-ray laser

Posted: Nov 16th, 2012

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