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Cell phones could double as night vision devices

A University of Florida engineering researcher has crafted a nickel-sized imaging device that uses organic light-emitting diode technology similar to that found in cell phone or laptop screens for night vision.

Posted: May 4th, 2010

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Massgeschneiderte Materialien

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft foerdert interdisziplinaere Gruppe unter Leitung der TU Chemnitz, die neue Molekuele fuer praxisnahe Anwendungen entwickelt.

Posted: May 4th, 2010

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Survey: Hiding risks can hurt public support for nanotechnology

A new national survey on public attitudes toward medical applications and physical enhancements that rely on nanotechnology shows that support for the technology increases when the public is informed of the technology's risks as well as its benefits - at least among those people who have heard of nanotechnology.

Posted: May 4th, 2010

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Informatics moves into nanomedicine

A recently published article discusses the huge impact that informatics will have in the immediate future on vanguard medicine and innovation in a field, translational nanoinformatics, that is set to translate advances in basic nanomedical research into clinical applications of growing importance.

Posted: May 4th, 2010

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Bionic coating could help ships to economize on fuel

A novel mechanism for long-term air retention under water is found in the sophisticated surface design of the water fern Salvinia. Its floating leaves are evenly covered with complex hydrophobic hairs retaining a layer of air when submerged under water. This Salvinia Effect provides an innovative concept to develop biomimetic surfaces with long-term air-retention capabilities for under water applications.

Posted: May 4th, 2010

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Visual processing: every neuron counts

German scientists have refined and used a method to observe how individual nerve cells process visual information in a living brain. The new microscopic method made it possible for them to study tiny synapses on a single neuron, and to determine that each individual neuron performs an important role in sensory processing.

Posted: May 3rd, 2010

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Purple is the new green

Researchers examine the light harvesting properties of purple bacteria in hopes of adapting their natural designs in 'green' technologies for humans.

Posted: May 3rd, 2010

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An optical traffic cop for rapid communication

It looks like a piece of gel that slips into the sole of your sneaker, but it's a new nano-based technology that can make computers and the Internet hundreds of times faster - a communications technology 'enabler' that may be in use only five or ten years in the future.

Posted: May 3rd, 2010

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