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New microscopy method opens window on previously unseen cell features

Nongjian Tao and his colleagues at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University have pioneered a new technique capable of peering into single cells and even intracellular processes with unprecedented clarity. The method, known as electrochemical impedance microscopy (EIM) may be used to explore subtle features of profound importance for basic and applied research, including cell adhesion, cell death (or apoptosis) and electroporation - a process that can be used to introduce DNA or drugs into cells.

Posted: Jan 24th, 2011

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Intelligent microscopy

Scientists at European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Heidelberg created new software that rapidly learns what researchers are looking for and automatically performs complex microscopy experiments.

Posted: Jan 24th, 2011

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Touchscreen aus Kohlenstoff

Fraunhofer-Forscher entwickeln ein alternatives Touchscreen Display aus erneuerbaren, preisguenstigen und weltweit verfuegbaren Rohstoffen. Auf der Messe nano tech in Tokio stellen die Stuttgarter Wissenschaftler vom 16. bis 18. Februar Touchscreens vor, die Carbon-Nanotubes enthalten.

Posted: Jan 24th, 2011

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Curved carbon for electronics of the future

A new scientific discovery could have profound implications for nanoelectronic components. Researchers from the Nano-Science Center at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, in collaboration with Japanese researchers, have shown how electrons on thin tubes of graphite exhibit a unique interaction between their motion and their attached magnetic field - the so-called spin.

Posted: Jan 23rd, 2011

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Quantum robins lead the way

Researchers have been investigating the mechanism which enables birds to detect the Earth's magnetic field to help them navigate over vast distances. This ability, known as magnetoreception, has been linked to chemical reactions inside birds' eyes. Now a team from Oxford University and Singapore believe that this 'compass' is making use of something called quantum coherence.

Posted: Jan 21st, 2011

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'Breast-on-a-chip' to test nanomedical cancer research

Purdue University researchers have reproduced portions of the female breast in a tiny slide-sized model dubbed 'breast on-a-chip' that will be used to test nanomedical approaches for the detection and treatment of breast cancer.

Posted: Jan 21st, 2011

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BASF und KIT entwickeln Batteriematerialien der Zukunft

Das Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (KIT) und die BASF SE werden kuenftig gemeinsam am KIT neue Batteriematerialien entwickeln. Die Arbeit des Gemeinschaftslabors BELLA ('Batteries and Electrochemistry Laboratory') verknuepft das elektrochemische Know-how der BASF SE in der industriellen Anwendung mit den Ergebnissen der Grundlagenforschung des KIT.

Posted: Jan 21st, 2011

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Sensors to detect explosives, monitor food

Monitoring everything from explosives to tainted milk, materials for use in creating sensors for detection devices have been developed by a University of Houston (UH) chemist and his team.

Posted: Jan 21st, 2011

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Nanoworld in color

Microscopically small nanostructured arrays of lenses that can record or project amazingly sharp images in brilliant colors are being demonstrated by Fraunhofer research scientists at the nano tech 2011 trade show in Tokyo.

Posted: Jan 21st, 2011

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