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Researchers reveal behaviors of the tiniest water droplets

A new study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, and Emory University has uncovered fundamental details about the hexamer structures that make up the tiniest droplets of water, the key component of life - and one that scientists still don't fully understand.

Posted: Aug 15th, 2012

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Researchers record first direct observations of quantum effects in an optomechanical system

A long-time staple of science fiction is the tractor beam, a technology in which light is used to move massive objects - recall the tractor beam in the movie Star Wars that captured the Millennium Falcon and pulled it into the Death Star. While tractor beams of this sort remain science fiction, beams of light today are being used to mechanically manipulate atoms or tiny glass beads, with rapid progress being made to control increasingly larger objects. Those who see major roles for optomechanical systems in a host of future technologies will take heart in the latest results from a first-of-its-kind experiment.

Posted: Aug 15th, 2012

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European network for unified nanomaterials research

EU-funded scientists joined together to form a broad collaboration in nanomaterials research. The consortium sought to include European Member States and Candidate and potential Candidate Countries to develop a unified European Research Area.

Posted: Aug 15th, 2012

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Cell-on-chip technology for toxicity screening

Screening for toxicity of potential new drugs presents a bottleneck in the pharmaceutical industry. A European consortium addressed this issue by developing chip assays containing nanodrops of cells that could be used to screen various chemicals.

Posted: Aug 15th, 2012

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Experiments probe megavirus in high resolution

From July 19 to 23, scientists lined up samples of some of the largest known viruses on the planet for an extensive X-ray 'photo shoot' that may produce the highest-resolution 3-D images yet of these mysterious specimens - and bring researchers closer to understanding their functions and origins.

Posted: Aug 15th, 2012

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Nanoparticles to realize hydrogen's energy potential

For the first time, engineers at the University of New South Wales have demonstrated that hydrogen can be released and reabsorbed from a promising storage material, overcoming a major hurdle to its use as an alternative fuel source.

Posted: Aug 15th, 2012

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