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Crushing pressure, swelling pores

By squeezing a porous solid, scientists surprisingly made its cavities open wider, letting in - and trapping - europium ions. Given the similarities between europium and uranium ions, the team, based at the University of South Carolina, Yonsei University (Korea), and Stanford University, thinks the innovation could represent a promising new avenue for nuclear waste processing.

Posted: Apr 5th, 2012

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How to corner the MEMS market

Government investment in the manufacture of micromachines could pay huge dividends, but in the meantime, MIT researchers are developing new fabrication techniques.

Posted: Apr 5th, 2012

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Transforming energy: flexible, printed-plastic solar panel project kicks off

Transforming how and where we harvest power is essential for meeting the objectives set out in the Europe 2020 strategy. One alternative energy source is printed-plastic solar technology: a new EU-funded project that has just got under way aims to advance this innovative technology, and design advanced flexible plastic solar panels that can be integrated into new consumer mobile applications and buildings.

Posted: Apr 4th, 2012

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Nanotechnology-equipped cell phones detect harmful airborne substances

The technology being developed by Nosang Myung has the potential to be adapted in many industries. These include agriculture (detecting concentrations of pesticides), industry (monitoring evaporation and leaks when using or storing combustible gases), homeland security (warning systems for bio-terrorism) and the military (detecting chemical warfare agents).

Posted: Apr 4th, 2012

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Carbon nanotubes can double growth of cell cultures important in industry

A dose of carbon nanotubes more than doubles the growth rate of plant cell cultures - workhorses in the production of everything from lifesaving medications to sweeteners to dyes and perfumes - researchers are reporting. Their study is the first to show that carbon nanotubes boost plant cell division and growth.

Posted: Apr 4th, 2012

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'Fish and Chips' may help accelerate drug discovery

A cheaper, faster and more efficient platform for preclinical drug discovery applications has been invented by scientists at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN). Called 'Fish and Chips', the novel multi-channel microfluidic perfusion platform can grow and monitor the development of various tissues and organs inside zebrafish embryos for drug toxicity testing.

Posted: Apr 4th, 2012

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Nanoscale magnetic media diagnostics by rippling spin waves

Memory devices based on magnetism are one of the core technologies of the computing industry, and engineers are working to develop new forms of magnetic memory that are faster, smaller, and more energy efficient than today's flash and SDRAM memory. They now have a new tool - a method to detect defects in magnetic structures as small as a tenth of a micrometer even if the region in question is buried inside a multilayer electronic device.

Posted: Apr 3rd, 2012

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