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First images of proteins and viruses caught with an X-ray laser

It has been a dream of researchers for over a decade: image biological materials at high resolution using incredibly intense X-ray laser pulses. A research team has proven this principle at the Linac Coherent Light Source by forming images of the Photosystem I protein complex and particles of the Mimivirus.

Posted: Feb 8th, 2011

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Scientists find neurons communicate at a distance with electric fields

Researchers believed neurons in the brain communicated through physical connections known as synapses. However, EU-funded neuroscientists have uncovered strong evidence that neurons also communicate with each other through weak electric fields, a finding that could help us understand how biophysics gives rise to cognition.

Posted: Feb 7th, 2011

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Taming carbon nanotubes

Carbon nanotubes have many attractive properties, and their structure and areas of application can be compared with those of graphene, the material for whose discovery the most recent Nobel Prize was awarded. In order to be able to exploit these properties, however, it is necessary to have full control of the manufacturing process. Scientists at the University of Gothenburg are closing in on the answer.

Posted: Feb 7th, 2011

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European research effort to develop better batteries for electric vehicles

From today TU Delft is leading a new project sponsored by the European Commission in which research institutes, universities and the battery and automotive industry from 8 European countries will join forces to develop cheaper and safer rechargeable batteries with higher energy density and power performance.

Posted: Feb 7th, 2011

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'Prize Lecture for Nanoscience' established in Ireland

In recognition of the significant achievements being made by Irish scientists and scientists based in Ireland to the field of nanoscience the RDS in partnership with Intel Ireland have inaugurated a Prize Lecture for Nanoscience.

Posted: Feb 7th, 2011

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Increased efficiency for CIGS solar cells

Scientists at INM - Leibniz Institute for New Materials developed a barrier layer that separates the metal carrier from the absorber film and thus increases the efficiency of metal-based CIGS solar cells.

Posted: Feb 7th, 2011

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Engineers grow nanolasers on silicon, pave way for on-chip photonics

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have found a way to grow nanolasers directly onto a silicon surface, an achievement that could lead to a new class of faster, more efficient microprocessors, as well as to powerful biochemical sensors that use optoelectronic chips.

Posted: Feb 6th, 2011

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New way to grow microwires

Microwires made of silicon have a wide range of possible uses, including the production of solar cells that can harvest much more sunlight for a given amount of material than a conventional solar cell made from a thin wafer of silicon crystal. Now researchers from MIT and Penn State have found a way of producing such wires in quantity in a highly controlled way that could be scaled up to an industrial-scale process, potentially leading to practical commercial applications.

Posted: Feb 5th, 2011

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