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Microrobots showcase their skills at competition

Make room, Bender, Rosie and R2D2! Your newest mechanical colleagues are a few steps closer to reality, thanks to lessons learned during robotics events at the recent IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Anchorage, Alaska.

Posted: May 26th, 2010

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Scientists gain new 'core' understanding of nanoparticles

While attempting to solve one mystery about iron oxide-based nanoparticles, a research team working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) stumbled upon another one. But once its implications are understood, their discovery may give nanotechnologists a new and useful tool.

Posted: May 26th, 2010

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Pressure testing tiny cell samples

A collaboration of French and Canadian researchers have found that sucking a portion of a spherical globule of cells into a tiny pipette provides information about the adhesion between cells and the elastic properties of the tissue. The method is a novel approach for the study of the structural properties of tissues, and should offer insights into processes such as embryonic development, tissue growth and cancer.

Posted: May 25th, 2010

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Scanning electron microscope reveals 'The Scream' in oil shale

This week, during a SEM training session for an existing energy-related customer, JEOL specialists Dr. Natasha Erdman and Tony Laudate were examining the sample of oil shale in the microscope when they came upon this startling image that resembles a skeletal face and looked somewhat familiar to them.

Posted: May 25th, 2010

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Cheaper solar energy due to silicon nanosponges?

Scientists of the research center Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf found a way to replace the amorphous or nanocrystalline silicon in thin film solar cells, which have a low efficiency, by a nanosponge made of silicon. It promises to be a good light absorber while improving the electrical yield of the solar cells.

Posted: May 25th, 2010

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Monitoring protein function in vitro by lipid nanotubes

Dr. Joshua Zimmerberg, senior investigator of the National Institutes of Health, USA visited the Institute of Biophysics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and delivered a lecture at the invitation of IBP director Professor XU Tao.

Posted: May 25th, 2010

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