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Fraunhofer FEP boosts food freshness with innovative packaging coating technology

Did you ever open a freshly-bought cereal or bag of potato-chips that was not fresh at all? Did it taste sticky and rubber-like? To prevent unpleasant surprises like this, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Electron Beam and Plasma Technology (Fraunhofer FEP) in Dresden developed a method to coat plastic foils with a very thin barrier layer that keeps out humidity and oxygen, the main culprits of food deterioration.

Posted: Jul 1st, 2010

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Nanopores make sterile filtration more reliable

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Halle, Germany, have created a new generation of filtration membranes: They developed ceramic membranes with a uniform pore structure and a very tight and even pore size distribution.

Posted: Jul 1st, 2010

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Unpeeling atoms and molecules from the inside out

The first published scientific results from the world's most powerful hard X-ray laser, located at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, show its unique ability to control the behaviors of individual electrons within simple atoms and molecules by stripping them away, one by one - in some cases creating hollow atoms.

Posted: Jun 30th, 2010

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Dye (Graetzel) solar cell research in Aalto University

The 2010 Millennium Technology Prize was awarded in June 2010 in Helsinki to Professor Michael Graetzel, who discovered dye-sensitized solar cells (DSC), also known as 'Graetzel cells'. In the New Energy Technologies Group, led by Professor Peter Lund from the Department of Applied Physics at Aalto University, research in DSCs has been carried out since 2001.

Posted: Jun 30th, 2010

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Upcoming ANSI nanotechnology webinar discusses labeling of nanomanufactured products

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the ANSI-accredited US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO/TC 229, Nanotechnologies invites all U.S. interested stakeholders to provide input on a proposed draft Technical Specification (TS) that addresses the labeling of manufactured nano-objects and products containing manufactured nano-objects at an upcoming webinar, scheduled for Friday, July 9, 2010.

Posted: Jun 30th, 2010

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Diamonds and the holy grail of quantum computing

Researchers are exploring the capabilities of diamond nitrogen vacancy materials. In this material, a molecule at the heart of an artificially created diamond film consists of a nitrogen atom (present as in impurity amid all those carbon atoms) and a nearby vacancy, a place in the crystal containing no atom at all. These diamond structures offer the possibility of carrying out data storage and quantum computing at room temperature.

Posted: Jun 30th, 2010

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Fast-tracking the manufacture of glasses

New research details the production of highly stable glass films of indomethacin by physical vapor deposition. Researchers used alternating current nanocalorimetry to evaluate the heat capacity of the thin glass films.

Posted: Jun 30th, 2010

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