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Scientists discover proton diode

Biophysicists in Bochum have discovered a diode for protons: just like the electronic component determines the direction of flow of electric current, the 'proton diode' ensures that protons can only pass through a cell membrane in one direction. Water molecules play an important role here as active components of the diode.

Posted: Sep 2nd, 2010

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Nanotechnology-enabled solar energy harvesting: Building the supply chain

The Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in the UK have jointly allocated up to GBP7m to invest in highly innovative, collaborative research projects looking at the use of novel nanoscale technologies to enable the next generation of solar energy harvesting.

Posted: Sep 2nd, 2010

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Researchers create 'quantum cats' made of light

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have created 'quantum cats' made of photons (particles of light), boosting prospects for manipulating light in new ways to enhance precision measurements as well as computing and communications based on quantum physics.

Posted: Sep 1st, 2010

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European collaborative research to develop lab-on-chip system for cheap and fast cancer diagnosis

Today, at the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC) in Buenos Aires (Argentina), imec and its project partners announce the launch of the European Seventh Framework Project MIRACLE. The MIRACLE project aims at developing an operational lab-on-chip for the isolation and detection of circulating and disseminated tumor cells (CTCs and DTCs) in blood. The new lab-on-chip is an essential step towards faster and cost-efficient diagnosis of cancer.

Posted: Sep 1st, 2010

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Playing snooker with atoms

Scientists speak of sputtering when energy-rich ions hit a solid object and cause atoms to be released from its surface. The phenomenon can be exploited to apply microscopically thin coatings to glass surfaces. A research team has developed a special sputtering technique that greatly increases the efficiency of the coating process.

Posted: Sep 1st, 2010

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