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Chemists advance clear conductive films

Thin, conductive films are useful in displays and solar cells. A new solution-based chemistry developed at Brown University for making indium tin oxide films could allow engineers to employ a much simpler and cheaper manufacturing process.

Posted: Aug 7th, 2012

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Making nanoparticle cancer drugs from natural food

Tapping into the power of natural ingredients for safer treatment is the next frontier in the battle against cancer. A recent breakthrough from Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology using tiger milk mushroom to prepare anti-tumor nanoparticles is bringing us one step closer.

Posted: Aug 7th, 2012

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Team aims to broaden researcher access to protein simulation

Using just an upgraded desktop computer equipped with a relatively inexpensive graphics processing card, a team of computer scientists and biochemists at the University of California, San Diego, has developed advanced GPU accelerated software and demonstrated for the first time that this approach can sample biological events that occur on the millisecond timescale.

Posted: Aug 6th, 2012

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Virtual nanoscopy: Like 'Google Earth' for cell biologists

Just as users of Google Earth can zoom in from space to a view of their own backyard, researchers can now navigate biological tissues from a whole embryo down to its subcellular structures thanks to recent advances in electron microscopy and image processing.

Posted: Aug 6th, 2012

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Microscale swimming robots could deliver cargo and drugs

A team of researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology has used complex computational models to design swimming micro-robots that could overcome challenges like viscosity and momentum to carry cargo and navigate in response to stimuli such as light.

Posted: Aug 6th, 2012

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Photonic crystal fibres with a filtering effect

A simple longitudinal twist converts certain microstructured optical fibres into filters. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen have measured this effect in detail in photonic crystal fibres and found a theory to explain it. The results of their research will allow new applications in optical communications and the construction of lasers, sensors and light amplifiers.

Posted: Aug 6th, 2012

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