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Heavy metals open path to high temperature nanomagnets and radically smaller storage

Magnets made of just a few metallic atoms could make it possible to build radically smaller storage devices and have also recently been proposed as components for spintronics devices. Now a chemistry student at the University of Copenhagen has demonstrated that molecular magnets using the metals ruthenium and osmium retain their magnetic properties at higher temperatures.

Mar 28th, 2011

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Biomimetische Haftstrukturen im Grossformat

Dass Geckos oder Spinnen an Waenden entlanglaufen oder kopfueber an der Decke haengen, liegt an den besonders kleinen Oberflaechenstrukturen ihrer Fuesse. Das rasche Haften und problemlose Abloesen durch diese Strukturen inspiriert Wissenschaftler dazu, diese Faehigkeiten kuenstlich im Labor nachzustellen. Den Forschern am INM - Leibniz-Institut fuer Neue Materialien ist es gelungen, diese kuenstliche Struktur mit einem speziellen Verfahren auf Folien beliebiger Laenge mit einem knappen Meter Breite zu bringen.

Mar 28th, 2011

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Is smell a quantum effect?

A discussion of the current condition for theories of signal transduction in olfaction. One theory based on Luca Turin's hypothesis from 1996, holds promise; that an odorant's quantized vibrational mode (a phonon) may facilitate electron tunnelling which constitutes the recognition event in the nose. The novel mechanism is explored and explained.

Mar 28th, 2011

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Thailand-Korea research collaboration to cover nanotechnology

The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) recently signed a collaborative Memorandum of Understanding with Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB) during NSTDA Annual Conference 2011 on March 25. In the area of nanotechnology, discussion between KRIBB and National Nanotechnology Center (NANOTEC) focused on target drug delivery for anticancer applications.

Mar 28th, 2011

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