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Plasma physics finds novel applications in medicine

Whilst new antibiotics are being developed all the time, there's clearly a need for additional strategies to combat bacteria. One of the most recent to emerge has rather unlikely origins in a plasma physics laboratory.

Posted: Jun 26th, 2011

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'Quantum magic' without any 'spooky action at a distance'

The quantum mechanical entanglement is at the heart of the famous quantum teleportation experiment and was referred to by Albert Einstein as "spooky action at a distance". A team of researchers used a system which does not allow for entanglement, and still found results which cannot be interpreted classically.

Posted: Jun 24th, 2011

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Optical circuit enables new approach to quantum technologies

An international research group led by scientists from the University of Bristol, UK, and the Universities of Osaka and Hokkaido, Japan, has demonstrated a fundamental building block for quantum computing that could soon be employed in a range of quantum technologies.

Posted: Jun 24th, 2011

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Towards responsible nanotextiles and coatings: a new risk approach

A new study has developed risk assessment criteria for engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) to help inform innovation and policy decisions. It illustrates that product design can influence the unintended release of ENMs and that combining knowledge about the product life cycle with a systematic assessment of the potential hazards may enable responsible choices for future product developments to be made.

Posted: Jun 24th, 2011

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Euro Atomic Force Microscopy Forum 2011

ETH Zurich, Atomic Force F+E GmbH and Asylum Research announce the third Euro AFM Forum 2011 to be held in Zurich, Switzerland on September 7 to 9 in cooperation with Prof. Ralph Spolenak at the campus Science City of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich.

Posted: Jun 23rd, 2011

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New FDA sunscreen rules called blind to nanotechnology

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's newly released sunscreen rules fail to meaningfully consider the risks posed by nanoscale ingredients, according to public interest groups including Friends of the Earth, The International Center for Technology Assessment and Consumers Union.

Posted: Jun 23rd, 2011

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Department of Energy projects win 36 R+D100 Awards for 2011

U.S. Department of Energy researchers have won 36 of the 100 awards given out this year by R+D Magazine for the most outstanding technology developments with promising commercial potential. The coveted awards are presented annually in recognition of exceptional new products, processes, materials or software developed throughout the world and introduced into the market the previous year.

Posted: Jun 23rd, 2011

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Physicists observe 'campfire effect' in blinking nanorod semiconductors

When semiconductor nanorods are exposed to light, they blink in a seemingly random pattern. By clustering nanorods together, physicists at the University of Pennsylvania have shown that their combined "on" time is increased dramatically providing new insight into this mysterious blinking behavior.

Posted: Jun 23rd, 2011

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