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Two-photon microscopy reveals function of neglected structure in neurons

Fifty years after it was originally discovered, scientists at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research have elucidated the function of a microscopic network of tubules found in neurons. This structure modulates the strength of connections between two neurons, thereby contributing to our ability to learn and to adapt to new situations.

Posted: Sep 7th, 2009

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More efficient microbial fuel cells

Researchers isolated bacteria with large numbers of tiny projections called pili which were more efficient at transferring electrons to generate power in fuel cells than bacteria with a smooth surface.

Posted: Sep 7th, 2009

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National Nanomanufacturing Network (NNN) to exhibit at NanoBusiness Conference 2009 in Chicago

Funded by the National Science Foundation through the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the goals of the NNN are to build a network of experts and organizations that facilitates the transition of nanotechnologies from core laboratory research to production manufacturing and to foster technology transfer and information exchange between all community stakeholders.

Posted: Sep 4th, 2009

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First-ever calculation performed on optical quantum computer chip

A primitive quantum computer that uses single particles of light (photons) whizzing through a silicon chip has performed its first mathematical calculation. This is the first time a calculation has been performed on a photonic chip and it is major step forward in the quest to realise a super-powerful quantum computer.

Posted: Sep 4th, 2009

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How safe are nanoparticles? A calculated risk

How safe are nanoparticles? Amanda Barnard, at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Clayton, Australia, reveals how computation can help to identify and prevent nanohazards.

Posted: Sep 3rd, 2009

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