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How dense is a cell?

Combining an ancient principle with new technology, MIT researchers have devised a way to answer that question.

Posted: Jun 21st, 2011

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Battery research gets extra juice with research center

Argonne's Center for Electrical Energy Storage is one of three Argonne-led Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) that were established in 2009 thanks to a special block grant from the U.S. Department of Energy that sought to establish five-year interdisciplinary programs focused around discrete scientific challenges.

Posted: Jun 21st, 2011

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Talking about nanotechnology's unimagined possibilities

The term "nanotechnology" covers a multitude of different technologies, and so a differentiated view of it is needed. This is the opinion of ETH Zurich Professor Christofer Hierold, whose research is in nanotechnology. He says that, to avoid risks and hazards, these must be analysed for each specific example of materials, structures and their applications.

Posted: Jun 21st, 2011

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Carbon nanotubes to the rescue: brain cells rescued by gene silencing offers new options for stroke

Research into the use of nanotechnology in treating stroke has produced evidence of significant motor function recovery. The use of carbon nanotubes to deliver short strands of RNA (siRNA) and induce gene silencing of specific target areas in the brain responsible for motor functions has allowed scientists to 'switch off' proteins that contribute to neuronal tissue loss.

Posted: Jun 20th, 2011

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Russia's retail industry kicks off "Store of the Future" project

The project will create nano-enabled solutions for introducing and exploiting RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology in Russia's retail industry. If successful in its development work, the project will establish a company-integrator to introduce RFID technology to domestic retail trade.

Posted: Jun 20th, 2011

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Nanotechnology at University of Warsaw gets rare dimensional nanostructure-generating equipment

State-of-the-art equipment for generating composite semiconductor structures has been launched at the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw. First micropillars, micrometer-sized columns made up of many carefully selected layers of thickness of the order of nanometres, have been generated in the laboratory in Warsaw. They will be used, among others, to build efficient yellow light lasers. The new equipment also opens up unique educational possibilities for students in the field of nanotechnology engineering.

Posted: Jun 20th, 2011

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