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New drugs, materials unveiled at nanotechnology conference in Israel

A material just one atom thick that is stronger than steel but flexes like rubber. A 'mini-submarine' that can trick the immune system and deliver a payload of chemotherapy deep inside a tumour. They sound like the fantasies of science fiction writers, but they are among the discoveries being presented at Nano Israel 2010, a nanotech conference in Tel Aviv that has attracted researchers from across the science world, united by their work with the very, very small.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2010

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European research alliance for the simplified production of organic solar cells

A tunable infrared laser system for the selective processing of organic layers in opto-electronical components is the goal of the new research project IMPROV, which started in September, 2010. The EU has provided approximately 2.4 million Euros support from the 7th Framework Programme for the project, which will run until 2013.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2010

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Ein Labor auf dem Chip

Der Arbeitsgruppe Prof. Robert Tampe an der Goethe-Universitaet ist es in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Walter-Schottky Institut der TU Muenchen gelungen, eine neue Methode zur automatisierbaren und Hochdurchsatz-geeigneten Untersuchung der hochempfindlichen Membranproteine zu entwickeln.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2010

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Nanogenerators grow strong enough to power small conventional electronics

Blinking numbers on a liquid-crystal display (LCD) often indicate that a device's clock needs resetting. But in the laboratory of Zhong Lin Wang at Georgia Tech, the blinking number on a small LCD signals the success of a five-year effort to power conventional electronic devices with nanoscale generators that harvest mechanical energy from the environment using an array of tiny nanowires.

Posted: Nov 8th, 2010

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Scientists develop green technique to transform carbon dioxide into useful compounds

Scientists at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) have reported another breakthrough in their quest to develop green technologies for pharmaceuticals synthesis. They have devised a new environmentally friendly technique to transform carbon dioxide, an abundant and renewable carbon source, into highly functionalized propiolic acids, which are basic building blocks for the synthesis of a wide range of pharmaceuticals such as cholesterol-reducing drugs and peptidomimetic and other small molecule inhibitors that may be used, for example, to kill cancer cells.

Posted: Nov 8th, 2010

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Two Berkeley Lab scientists win PECASE award

Two scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) were among the 85 researchers named by President Barack Obama to receive the prestigious Presidential Early Career for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Award, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on early-career researchers.

Posted: Nov 8th, 2010

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Graphene gets a Teflon makeover

University of Manchester scientists have created a new material which could replace or compete with Teflon in thousands of everyday applications.

Posted: Nov 8th, 2010

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Quantum memory for communication networks of the future

Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen have succeeded in storing quantum information using two 'entangled' light beams. Quantum memory or information storage is a necessary element of future quantum communication networks.

Posted: Nov 8th, 2010

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Graphene: Singles and the few

A timely review analyzing the correlation of synthesis methods and physical properties of single-layer and few-layered graphene flakes.

Posted: Nov 8th, 2010

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