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Newly developed cloak hides underwater objects from sonar

In one University of Illinois lab, invisibility is a matter of now you hear it, now you don't. Led by mechanical science and engineering professor Nicholas Fang, Illinois researchers have demonstrated an acoustic cloak, a technology that renders underwater objects invisible to sonar and other ultrasound waves.

Posted: Jan 5th, 2011

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Study of graphene grain boundaries reveals atomic patchwork quilts

A quick look at new Cornell research hints at colorful patchwork quilts, but they are actually pictures of graphene -- one atom-thick sheets of carbon stitched together at tilted interfaces. Researchers have unveiled striking, atomic-resolution details of what graphene 'quilts' look like at the boundaries between patches, and have uncovered key insights into graphene's electrical and mechanical properties.

Posted: Jan 5th, 2011

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From molecule to object - Largest synthetic structure with molecular precision

Organic Chemists have always been trying to imitate biology. Although it is possible to make many molecules that imitate biomolecules in terms of structure and function, it remains a challenge to attain the size and form of large biomolecules. An international team at the ETH Zurich has now introduced a branched polymer that resembles the tobacco mosaic virus in size and cylindrical form.

Posted: Jan 4th, 2011

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New glaucoma test allows earlier, more accurate detection

Cumbersome glaucoma tests that require a visit to the ophthalmologist could soon be history thanks to a home test. The self-test instrument has been designed in Eniko Enikov's lab at the UA College of Engineering. Gone are the eye drops and need for a sterilized sensor. In their place is an easy-to-use probe that gently rubs the eyelid and can be used at home.

Posted: Jan 4th, 2011

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Muschelkleber fixiert DNA auf Chips

Muscheln sind wahre Klebekuenstler. Ob am Holz eines Stegs, am Metall eines Schiffrumpfes, an Steinen oder an einem Artgenossen, sie haften ueberall. Forschern um Philip B. Messersmith von der Northwestern University ist es nun gelungen, einen der 'Universal-Klebstoffe' von Muscheln nachzuahmen.

Posted: Jan 4th, 2011

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European grant means professor can play snooker with molecules

TU Delft professor of process intensification, Andrzej Stankiewicz, has received an ERC Advanced Investigators Grant of 2.3 million euros from the European Research Council. Professor Stankiewicz will use the money to carry out research on improving chemical reactions at the molecular level in the next five years.

Posted: Jan 4th, 2011

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EU-funded team in qubit control breakthrough

EU-funded scientists in the Netherlands have managed to rapidly control the building blocks of a quantum computer by using an electric field rather than a magnetic one. In addition, the team succeeded in embedding these building blocks, known as quantum bits or qubits, in a semiconductor nanowire.

Posted: Jan 4th, 2011

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Researchers will test nanoparticles against pancreatic cancer

A five-year, $16-million grant from the National Cancer Institute will take advantage of specialized expertise developed by scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Montefiore, the University Hospital and Academic Medical Center for Einstein.

Posted: Jan 4th, 2011

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Impregnating plastics with carbon dioxide

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT in Oberhausen are pursuing a new idea by testing how carbon dioxide can be used to impregnate plastics.

Posted: Jan 3rd, 2011

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Moved by light - as if by magic

A few months ago Muenster scientists showed that certain molecules - so-called nano-containers - can be guided by light alone. This study has now been singled out for special praise.

Posted: Jan 3rd, 2011

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Voyage of the DNA treader

At January's TEDxCaltech conference, researchers will present a one-molecule robot capable of following a trail of chemical breadcrumbs.

Posted: Dec 30th, 2010

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