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2010 TIP competition focuses on manufacturing technologies

The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced a new competition for high-risk, high-reward research funding under the Technology Innovation Program (TIP). The new TIP competition offers cost-shared funding for innovative research on 'Manufacturing and Biomanufacturing: Materials Advances and Critical Processes'.

Posted: Apr 16th, 2010

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Catching electrons in the act

Many advances in energy, green chemistry, and human health must start with understanding the movement of electrons - making frame-by-frame movies of changing molecular bonds during chemical reactions, or the correlated behavior of electrons in complex solids. This will only be possible by freezing time within a few quintillionths of a second.

Posted: Apr 16th, 2010

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The assembly of protein strands into fibrils

Researchers have evidenced a basic general mechanism describing how filamentous proteins assemble into ribbon like structures, the so-called Amyloid fibrils. Combining experiments and theory, they could explain how denatured milk proteins assemble into ribbon like structures composed of up to five filaments.

Posted: Apr 16th, 2010

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Battery of the future

A new composite material being developed at Imperial College London, with European partners including the Volvo car company, may unlock the door to a new wave of invention.

Posted: Apr 16th, 2010

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In the electron cloud

Mapping the shape and dynamics of a molecule's outer electron cloud is now possible using a novel experimental technique.

Posted: Apr 16th, 2010

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Using neutrons to peer inside a battery designed for hybrid locomotives

Scientists at the research neutron source FRM II of the Technische Universitaet Muenchen are taking a closer look at a high performance rechargeable battery for future hybrid locomotives. The study reveals the distribution of chemical substances within the battery during various states of charge.

Posted: Apr 15th, 2010

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Laser technology takes a quantum leap

An EU-funded research team from Austria's University of Innsbruck has invented a single atom laser which works on the same principle as a classic laser but also has quantum mechanical properties in its atom-photon interactions.

Posted: Apr 15th, 2010

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