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Light games with DNA

The toolbox for imaging DNA now comes with an artificial DNA fluorescent base that can be 'switched off'.

Posted: Dec 10th, 2010

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Technique turns computer chip defects into an advantage

Physicists at Ohio State University have discovered that tiny defects inside a computer chip can be used to tune the properties of key atoms in the chip. The technique involves rearranging the holes left by missing atoms to tune the properties of dopants - the chemical impurities that give the semiconductors in computer chips their special properties.

Posted: Dec 9th, 2010

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Biomineralization studies aim to replicate natural processes

A University of Akron researcher is leveraging advanced modeling and simulation techniques to more precisely understand how organic materials bond to inorganic materials, a natural phenomenon that if harnessed, could lead to the design of composite materials and devices for such applications as bone replacement, sensing systems, efficient energy generation and treatment of diseases.

Posted: Dec 9th, 2010

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NIST's new scanning probe microscope is supercool

The discoveries of superconductivity, the quantum Hall effect and the fractional quantum Hall effect were all the result of measurements made at increasingly lower temperatures. Now, pushing the regime of the very cold into the very small, a research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of Maryland, Janis Research Company, Inc., and Seoul National University, has designed and built the most advanced ultra-low temperature scanning probe microscope (ULTSPM) in the world.

Posted: Dec 9th, 2010

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Asian nations driving innovation in nanofiltration to address impending water crisis

Water scarcity is driving a wave of innovation in water filtration technology from Asian nations, according to a report issued today by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS). The report, CAS Chemistry Research Report: Nanofiltration Shows Promise in the Quest for Pure Water, found that Asian researchers now lead the world in patent activity related to nanofiltration, the most-researched method of water filtration.

Posted: Dec 9th, 2010

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UAlbany NanoCollege welcomes 5000th student for NanoCareer Day

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering ("CNSE") of the University at Albany welcomed the 5000th student to participate in its NanoCareer Day program when it hosted more than 300 elementary, middle- and high-school students from upstate New York at CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex on December 8.

Posted: Dec 9th, 2010

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Platinum-coated nanoparticles could power fuel cell cars

Fuel cells may power the cars of the future, but it's not enough to just make them work -- they have to be affordable. Cornell researchers have developed a novel way to synthesize a fuel cell electrocatalytic material without breaking the bank.

Posted: Dec 9th, 2010

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Breakthrough towards lab-on-chip system for fast detection of single nucleotide variations in DNA

Panasonic, core partner within imec's Human++ program, and imec today presented at the International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco various critical components of a biomedical lab-on-chip sensor enabling fast detection of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) in DNA, such as a miniaturized pump for on-chip generation of high pressures, a micropillar filter optimized for DNA separation achieving world-record resolution, and a SNP detector allowing on-chip detection using very small sample volumes.

Posted: Dec 9th, 2010

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