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Informatics moves into nanomedicine

A recently published article discusses the huge impact that informatics will have in the immediate future on vanguard medicine and innovation in a field, translational nanoinformatics, that is set to translate advances in basic nanomedical research into clinical applications of growing importance.

Posted: May 4th, 2010

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Bionic coating could help ships to economize on fuel

A novel mechanism for long-term air retention under water is found in the sophisticated surface design of the water fern Salvinia. Its floating leaves are evenly covered with complex hydrophobic hairs retaining a layer of air when submerged under water. This Salvinia Effect provides an innovative concept to develop biomimetic surfaces with long-term air-retention capabilities for under water applications.

Posted: May 4th, 2010

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Visual processing: every neuron counts

German scientists have refined and used a method to observe how individual nerve cells process visual information in a living brain. The new microscopic method made it possible for them to study tiny synapses on a single neuron, and to determine that each individual neuron performs an important role in sensory processing.

Posted: May 3rd, 2010

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Purple is the new green

Researchers examine the light harvesting properties of purple bacteria in hopes of adapting their natural designs in 'green' technologies for humans.

Posted: May 3rd, 2010

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An optical traffic cop for rapid communication

It looks like a piece of gel that slips into the sole of your sneaker, but it's a new nano-based technology that can make computers and the Internet hundreds of times faster - a communications technology 'enabler' that may be in use only five or ten years in the future.

Posted: May 3rd, 2010

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Clean room at Fondazione Bruno Kessler expands by 40%

The so-called Clean Room of Fondazione Bruno Kessler in Povo (Trento), part of the Micro-Technologies Laboratory with a staff of 18 researchers and technicians, is expanding: on Tuesday, 4 May at 2.30 p.m. in the headquarters in via Sommarive, there will be the inauguration of a new area, a 200 quare meter sector in addition to the already operational 500.

Posted: May 3rd, 2010

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Joint transnational call for proposals on nanomedicine by EuroNanoMed

Following the success of the 1st Joint Transnational Call in 2009, EuroNanoMed is launching its 2nd Joint Call for funding of transnational innovative research projects in Nanomedicine. This call will enable scientists from European and associated countries to establish collaborative research consortia spanning multiple disciplines.

Posted: May 3rd, 2010

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