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Fraunhofer opens development laboratory for future biotechnology production

Automation is becoming increasingly important in the field of biotechnology, and the only mean of simultaneously testing thousands of substances on cells, or of creating artificial skin models at competitive prices. The location of Stuttgart Vaihingen, home to the Biopolis testing laboratory, which was officially opened on 9 February at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA), is playing a part in these developments.

Posted: Mar 5th, 2010

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Sizing up nanotechnology: How nanoparticles may affect skin care products

Speaking today at the 68th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), dermatologist Adnan Nasir, MD, PhD, FAAD, clinical assistant professor in the department of dermatology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, presented an overview of nanotechnology and how nanoparticles may eventually be used in cosmetic products.

Posted: Mar 4th, 2010

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Light sculpts three-dimensional crystals in nonlinear optical materials

Scientists from the University of Muenster and the Indian Institute of Technology have experimentally demonstrated for the first time the creation of 3D photonic crystals and quasicrystals with a plethora of geometries and forms purely by the action of light in a nonlinear optical material, which allows reconfigurable as well as scalable crystal and quasicrystal formation.

Posted: Mar 4th, 2010

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Trapping sunlight with silicon nanowires

Solar cells made from silicon are projected to be a prominent factor in future renewable green energy equations, but so far the promise has far exceeded the reality. While there are now silicon photovoltaics that can convert sunlight into electricity at impressive 20 percent efficiencies, the cost of this solar power is prohibitive for large-scale use. Researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), however, are developing a new approach that could substantially reduce these costs.

Posted: Mar 3rd, 2010

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