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Asian nations driving innovation in nanofiltration to address impending water crisis

Water scarcity is driving a wave of innovation in water filtration technology from Asian nations, according to a report issued today by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS). The report, CAS Chemistry Research Report: Nanofiltration Shows Promise in the Quest for Pure Water, found that Asian researchers now lead the world in patent activity related to nanofiltration, the most-researched method of water filtration.

Posted: Dec 9th, 2010

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UAlbany NanoCollege welcomes 5000th student for NanoCareer Day

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering ("CNSE") of the University at Albany welcomed the 5000th student to participate in its NanoCareer Day program when it hosted more than 300 elementary, middle- and high-school students from upstate New York at CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex on December 8.

Posted: Dec 9th, 2010

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Platinum-coated nanoparticles could power fuel cell cars

Fuel cells may power the cars of the future, but it's not enough to just make them work -- they have to be affordable. Cornell researchers have developed a novel way to synthesize a fuel cell electrocatalytic material without breaking the bank.

Posted: Dec 9th, 2010

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Breakthrough towards lab-on-chip system for fast detection of single nucleotide variations in DNA

Panasonic, core partner within imec's Human++ program, and imec today presented at the International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco various critical components of a biomedical lab-on-chip sensor enabling fast detection of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) in DNA, such as a miniaturized pump for on-chip generation of high pressures, a micropillar filter optimized for DNA separation achieving world-record resolution, and a SNP detector allowing on-chip detection using very small sample volumes.

Posted: Dec 9th, 2010

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World's first microlaser emitting in 3-D

Versatile electronic gadgets should employ a number of important criteria: small in size, quick in operation, inexpensive to fabricate, and deliver high precision output. A new microlaser, developed at the Jozef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia embodies all these qualities. It is small, tunable, cheap, and is essentially the world's first practical three-dimensional laser.

Posted: Dec 8th, 2010

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Bacteria with 'force sensors'

Researchers studied how the tensile forces by which cells stretch connective tissue fibres affect the interaction between bacteria and fibronectin.

Posted: Dec 8th, 2010

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