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DARPA works to build electronic neural architectures that can learn, adapt, and respond

DARPA's Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE) program aims to fundamentally alter conventional designs by developing biological-scale neuromorphic electronic systems that mimic important functions of a human brain. Applications for neuromorphic electronics include robotic and manned systems, and sensory and integration applications such as image processing.

Posted: Apr 8th, 2011

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Researchers report a novel nanoscale integrated all-optical diode

Recently, new achievements were made in the integrated optics by the Creative Research Group of Femtosecond Photophysics and Integrated Optics at Peking University. The group realized a novel nanoscale integrated all-optical diode having ultralow power and ultrahigh transmission contrast after the realization of the all-optical switch device with ultralow power and high-speed photonic crystal.

Posted: Apr 8th, 2011

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Center to revolutionize chemical manufacture is open for business

The collaborative initiative involving leading academics and industrialists, led by the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, is seeking quicker, more effective and more sustainable methods of manufacturing products such as medicines, foodstuffs, dyes, pigments and nanomaterials.

Posted: Apr 8th, 2011

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Atomic-level crystal gazing

Revelation of the crystallization mechanism that enables fast writing of data to DVDs shows potential for quicker data storage in the future.

Posted: Apr 8th, 2011

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NanoVation New York

The German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI), in cooperation with the Consortium of the Ruhr Universities (ConRuhr) and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, will host a discussion on nanotechnology and its applications in the fields of energy, electronics, medicine, and science.

Posted: Apr 8th, 2011

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Nanoparticles increase biofuel performance

How to put more bang in your biofuels? Nanoparticles! A new study shows that the addition of alumina nanoparticles can improve the performance and combustion of biodiesel, while producing fewer emissions.

Posted: Apr 8th, 2011

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IBM's infection-fighting nanotechnology caps century of healthcare innovation

IBM's announcement of the first biodegradable nanoparticles that can seek out and destroy drug-resistant bacteria caps off a century of healthcare and life sciences innovation from IBM. To celebrate IBM's Centennial, the company is unveiling an "icon of progress" representing IBM's contributions to fighting infectious diseases and contributions to world health.

Posted: Apr 7th, 2011

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Argonne to host annual Science Careers in Search of Women conference

To encourage and inspire more young women to pursue careers in science, Argonne will host its 24th annual Science Careers in Search of Women Conference on April 14, 2011, welcoming approximately 350 high school students from across the Chicago area to experience science and engineering first hand.

Posted: Apr 7th, 2011

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Large surfaces can be machined with nanometer precision

On 7 April 2011, Empa's new laser centre, which houses the only UV laser facility of its kind in the world, was opened in Thun. The facility will help researchers to develop new kinds of surfaces. Commercial partners will be able to use it to structure large films with micro to nanometre precision.

Posted: Apr 7th, 2011

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Nanoparticle-based contraceptive makes sperm impotent

It's found only in the tails of sperm. It takes seven genes to build it. It gets activated as the sperm gets closer to the egg, giving it that extra whip and thrust to make it across the finish line. David Clapham, its discoverer, named it CatSper. Blocking it could literally make sperm impotent. This could be the basis of a new contraceptive gel or a pill that could be used by men or women.

Posted: Apr 7th, 2011

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Forscher ebnen den Weg zu elektronische Schaltungen aus Graphen

Graphen gilt wegen seiner physikalischen und chemischen Eigenschaften als eines der vielversprechendsten neuen Materialien. Wissenschaftler haben jetzt ein Verfahren entwickelt, das es erlaubt, Bauelemente aus Graphen mithilfe einer integrierten Elektrode gezielt anzusteuern - eine wichtige Voraussetzung fuer industrielle Anwendungen.

Posted: Apr 7th, 2011

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