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Winzige Kontakte im Visier

Dr. Regina Hoffmann vom Physikalischen Institut des KIT untersucht die Struktur und die elektronischen Eigenschaften von Nanokontakten in der Nanoelektronik und konnte fuer ihr Projekt erstmals fuer Karlsruhe einen begehrten ERC Starting Grant des European Research Council einwerben.

Posted: Oct 22nd, 2009

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Nanotechnology can help crops grow faster

With potential adverse health and environmental effects often in the news about nanotechnology, scientists in Arkansas are reporting that carbon nanotubes could have beneficial effects in agriculture.

Posted: Oct 21st, 2009

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Biosensor to battle cancer

A powerful new biosensor developed by European researchers will help identify cells in the immune system that actively suppress tumour growth, then put them to use. Enlisting the patient's own immune system would be like sending reinforcements for resistance fighters.

Posted: Oct 21st, 2009

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Physicists turn to radio dial for finer atomic matchmaking

Investigating mysterious data in ultracold gases of rubidium atoms, scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland and their collaborators have found that properly tuned radio-frequency waves can influence how much the atoms attract or repel one another, opening up new ways to control their interactions.

Posted: Oct 20th, 2009

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Using self-assembly to make molecule-sized particles with patches of charge

Physicists, chemists and engineers at the University of Pennsylvania have demonstrated a novel method for the controlled formation of patchy particles, using charged, self-assembling molecules that may one day serve as drug-delivery vehicles to combat disease and perhaps be used in small batteries that store and release charge.

Posted: Oct 20th, 2009

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Carbon nanotubes may cheaply harvest sunlight

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers are studying how to create inexpensive, efficient solar cells from carbon nanotubes, which are sheets of carbon rolled into seamless cylinders 1-nanometer in diameter.

Posted: Oct 20th, 2009

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