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Treating gaseous BTEX using novel photocatalytic approach

The growing concerns on environmental damage and health impact from volatile organic compound (VOC) have initiated Thai researchers to look at ways to treating air pollutant such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (BTEX) under visible light.

Posted: May 17th, 2012

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New optical nanosensor can 'see' dangerous chemicals

Electricity and some gases and liquids can be a dangerous - even explosive - combination. But sensors are still needed in harsh gaseous and liquid environments, whether to check for leaking hydrogen fuel cells or to measure the composition or acidity of industrial chemicals. EU-funded researchers have developed an optical solution that is safer, easier to install and, unexpectedly, much more sensitive than most existing chemical sensors.

Posted: May 16th, 2012

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Microscope looks into cells of living fish

Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, and the American National Institutes of Health (NIH) have developed a new method to visualize cell structures of an eighth of a micrometer in size in living fish larvae.

Posted: May 16th, 2012

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Irish nanotechnology research to deliver new wave of next-gen computers and real-time 3D video processing

Researchers at CRANN, the Science Foundation Ireland funded nanoscience institute based at Trinity College Dublin, and which partners with University College Cork, have conducted research to develop materials that could in time revolutionise the manufacture of silicon chips and lead to a new wave of next generation computers and real time 3D video processing.

Posted: May 16th, 2012

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Detecting tumour cells individually

ETH-Zurich researchers have devised a method to detect mutations in tumour cells that are only present in a proportion of the cancer's cells. The analysis reveals that cells of individual tumours are more variable than first thought - and differ from patient to patient.

Posted: May 16th, 2012

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New 'metamaterial' practical for optical advances

Researchers have taken a step toward overcoming a key obstacle in commercializing "hyperbolic metamaterials," structures that could bring optical advances including ultrapowerful microscopes, computers and solar cells.

Posted: May 15th, 2012

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