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How shape-memory materials remember

A paper appearing in the April 25 issue of Physical Review Letters reports on the efforts of a team of Japanese physicists who probed the changes in a magnetic shape-memory material at the molecular scale.

Posted: Apr 26th, 2010

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'Good vibrations' help in research into new bioactive metal complexes

Scientists have managed to accurately determine the location of metal complexes within living cancer cells using Raman microscopy. The researchers have thus gained new insights into the mechanism of action of metal-containing drugs, to which they ascribe great potential capacities, e.g. in the treatment of cancer.

Posted: Apr 26th, 2010

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Chipfilm Technologie zur Anwendung in der Medizintechnik

Professor Dr.-Ing. Joachim Burghartz, Direktor des Instituts fuer Mikroelektronik in Stuttgart und Professor an der Universitaet Stuttgart erhaelt den mit 100.000 Euro dotierten Landesforschungspreis fuer Angewandte Forschung. Er wird damit fuer die Entwicklung von superduennen Silizium-Chips ausgezeichnet.

Posted: Apr 26th, 2010

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Brain-like computing on an organic molecular layer

In our brains, information processing circuits - neurons - evolve continuously to solve complex problems. Now, an international research team from Japan and Michigan Technological University has created a similar process of circuit evolution in an organic molecular layer that can solve complex problems.

Posted: Apr 25th, 2010

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Transporter protein study delivers a world first

A team of EU-funded researchers has become the first in the world to work out the structure of a transporter protein in all three main structural states. Transporter proteins are responsible for ferrying substances into and out of cells and the new findings could lead to new drugs for a range of diseases and disorders.

Posted: Apr 23rd, 2010

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World's smallest 3D map demonstrates improved nanofabrication technique

IBM scientists have created a 3D map of the earth so small that 1,000 of them could fit on one grain of salt. The scientists accomplished this by means of a new, breakthrough technique that uses a tiny, silicon tip with a sharp apex - 100,000 times smaller than a sharpened pencil - to create patterns and structures as small as 15 nanometers at greatly reduced cost and complexity.

Posted: Apr 23rd, 2010

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