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Mimicking nature, water-based artificial leaf produces electricity

A team led by a North Carolina State University researcher has shown that water-gel-based solar devices can act like solar cells to produce electricity. The findings prove the concept for making solar cells that more closely mimic nature. They also have the potential to be less expensive and more environmentally friendly than the current standard-bearer: silicon-based solar cells.

Posted: Sep 24th, 2010

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PULLNANO 32nm CMOS project demonstration at ICT 2010

STMicroelectronics, the leader of the EU Sixth Framework Program PULLNANO Advanced Technology Research and development project, today announced that PULLNANO has been selected and invited to be demonstrated at ICT 2010, an event organized by the European Commission and hosted by the Belgian Presidency of the European Union, to be held on September 27-29, 2010 in Brussels.

Posted: Sep 24th, 2010

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Affordable mass screening to curb pandemics now possible with MicroKit

A portable MicroKit system developed by the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), the world's first bioengineering and nanotechnology research institute, enables mass health screenings to be conducted at strategic locations such as airports, immigration checkpoints and train stations.

Posted: Sep 24th, 2010

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Recombinant spider silk proteins for applications in biomaterials

In materials science, spider silk is considered one of the most fascinating products of nature. The protein molecules, from which spider silk is made up of, can nowadays be biotechnologically produced with the help of genetically altered organisms. Possible applications of these biotechnologically produced proteins are the research focus of Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheibel, chairholder for biomaterials at the University of Bayreuth.

Posted: Sep 24th, 2010

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Robotic arm's big flaw: Patients say it's 'too easy'

One touch directs a robotic arm to grab objects in a new computer program designed to give people in wheelchairs more independence. University of Central Florida researchers thought the ease of the using the program's automatic mode would be a huge hit. But they were wrong - many participants in a pilot study didn't like it because it was 'too easy'.

Posted: Sep 24th, 2010

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The brain lights up

The dynamic activity of electrical signals in neuronal populations can now be visualized with a powerful tool.

Posted: Sep 24th, 2010

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Heads up, tails down

Advanced laser spectroscopy exposes the unique organization of water molecules under model membrane surfaces.

Posted: Sep 24th, 2010

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New OECD report sums up current developments on nanomaterial safety

A new document from the OECD provides information on current/planned activities related to the safety of manufactured nanomaterials in OECD member and non-member countries that attended at the 7th meeting of OECD's Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials in Paris France, on July 7-9, 2010.

Posted: Sep 23rd, 2010

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nanoLAMPS created for use as molecular probes

Rohit Bhargava of the University of Illinois has come up with an intriguing new class of molecular probes for biomedical research called nanoLAMPs. Unlike most probes used in biomedicine or other types of research they don't require dyes or fluorescence but, like an ordinary house lamp, they do need a light switch in order to illuminate the molecular world.

Posted: Sep 23rd, 2010

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