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Tracing ultra-fine dust

Limit values for fine dust emissions are based on total particle weight. It is the ultra-fine particles, however, that are particularly harmful to health. A new technique separates them by size and identifies their composition - directly where they arise.

Posted: Oct 1st, 2009

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Mit Antiteilchen auf Fehlersuche

Die geheimnisvolle Antimaterie ist nicht nur exotisches Beiwerk in Kinofilmen wie 'Illuminati', sondern auch ein faszinierendes Wissenschaftsgebiet. An der Forschungs-Neutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) der Technischen Universitaet Muenchen werden die Antiteilchen von Elektronen gewonnen, die so genannten Positronen, und das in der weltweit hoechsten Intensitaet.

Posted: Sep 30th, 2009

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French organizations team up for thin film photovoltaics research

Total and Laboratoire de Physique des Interfaces et des Couches Minces (LPICM), a joint R+D research team between the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and France's Ecole Polytechnique engineering school, today announce the creation of a joint research team focusing on thin film technologies for photovoltaic solar applications.

Posted: Sep 30th, 2009

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Conducting polymer nanotubes improve brain implants

Brain implants that can more clearly record signals from surrounding neurons in rats have been created at the University of Michigan. The findings could eventually lead to more effective treatment of neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease and paralysis.

Posted: Sep 29th, 2009

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