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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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Beetle foot pads may inspire novel artificial adhesives

The arrays of fine adhesive hairs or 'setae' on the foot pads of many insects, lizards and spiders give them the ability to climb almost any natural surface. Research by James Bullock and Walter Federle from the University of Cambridge in England found that the different forces required to peel away these adhesive hairs from surfaces are what allows beetles to adhere to diverse surfaces, thereby reducing the risk of detachment.

Posted: Apr 7th, 2011

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Food packaging takes over the role of quality control

When it comes to packaged fish or meat, it is nearly impossible to distinguish between fresh goods and their inedible counterparts. Researchers have now developed a sensor film that can be integrated into the package itself, where it takes over the role of quality control. And if the food has spoiled, it changes color to announce the fact.

Posted: Apr 7th, 2011

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Elsevier launches "Apps for Science" challenge

Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the launch of the "Apps for Science" challenge, an international competition challenging software developers to create customized applications that enhance information search and discovery for researchers.

Posted: Apr 7th, 2011

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