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Converging technologies for 21st century security

Organised crime, terrorism, civil conflict, and natural disasters are sadly commonplace in global society and have developed increasingly complex dimensions. To counter such threats, civil security and emergency response teams are looking towards new technologies that offer more sensitive, rapid, and accurate detection methods; that provide the means to neutralise or effectively deal with the outcomes of such incidents; and that provide greater protection to personnel.

Posted: Aug 26th, 2009

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Quantum Computing: Are you ready for this upgrade?

If you are curious about the potential of quantum computing, you will want to keep your eye on 'Harnessing Quantum Physics'. This is one of many panel discussions coming your way as part of the Quantum to Cosmos Festival.

Posted: Aug 26th, 2009

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Golden nanotubes as imaging agents to detect cancer cells

Biomedical researchers have developed a special contrast-imaging agent that is capable of molecular mapping of lymphatic endothelial cells and detecting cancer metastasis in sentinel lymph nodes. The new material could be used as a more efficient and less toxic alternative to nanoparticles and fluorescent labels used in the non-invasive, targeted molecular detection of normal cells, such as immune-related cells, and abnormal cells, such as cancer cells and bacteria.

Posted: Aug 26th, 2009

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Tasty sandwich recipe for nanoelectronics researchers

Researchers have found a simple method of sandwiching organic molecules between silicon and metal, two materials fundamental to electronic components. By doing so, the team may have overcome one of the principal obstacles in creating switches made from individual molecules, which represent perhaps the ultimate in miniaturization for the electronics industry.

Posted: Aug 25th, 2009

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