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For platinum catalysts, smaller may be better

When it comes to metal catalysts, the platinum standard is, well, platinum! However, at about $2,000 an ounce, platinum is more expensive than gold. The high cost of the raw material presents major challenges for the future wide scale use of platinum in fuel cells. Research suggests that one possible way to meet these challenges is to think small - really small.

Posted: Jun 28th, 2010

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Conference held on nanotechnology education

On May 18-20th the nanotechnology equipment manufacturer in Russia NT-MDT Co. and one of the main Russian scientific nanocenters the Kurchatov Institute held an international conference 'Nanoeducation: the main approaches and perspectives'.

Posted: Jun 28th, 2010

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Nanotechnologie in der Analytik soll Industrie und Umwelt helfen

Die Firma CS-Chromatographie Service wird in den kommenden zwei Jahren gemeinsam mit dem Forschungszentrum Juelich und der Firma Chemical Consulting Dornseiffer (CCD) untersuchen, wie Nanopartikel in der Analytik eingesetzt werden koennen, um bekannte chromatographische Trennverfahren zu verbessern.

Posted: Jun 28th, 2010

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Same types of cell respond differently to stimulus

Using new technology that allows scientists to monitor how individual cells react in the complex system of cell signaling, Stanford University researchers have uncovered a much larger spectrum of differences between each cell than ever seen before.

Posted: Jun 27th, 2010

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Viscosity at the nanoscale: 50-year-old intriguing puzzle solved

At a snail's pace - this is how proteins should move inside living cells where viscosity of environment exceeds the viscosity of water even by million times. However, proteins move not much slower than in water! While looking for a solution to this puzzle, scientists from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the PolishAcademy of Sciences discovered a new principle of physics.

Posted: Jun 25th, 2010

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Transformation-mediated ductility in metallic glasses

Metallic glasses are - just as other types of glasses- brittle materials. This property sets a limit to the possibilities of their technical use. Researchers have now developed a mechanism that enables metallic glasses to become ductile under tensile loading.

Posted: Jun 25th, 2010

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