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Seeing in stereo: Engineers invent lens for 3-D microscope

Engineers at Ohio State University have invented a lens that enables microscopic objects to be seen from nine different angles at once to create a 3D image. Other 3D microscopes use multiple lenses or cameras that move around an object; the new lens is the first single, stationary lens to create microscopic 3D images by itself.

Mar 21st, 2011

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Engineers make breakthrough in ultra-sensitive sensor technology

Princeton researchers have invented an extremely sensitive sensor that opens up new ways to detect a wide range of substances, from tell-tale signs of cancer to hidden explosives. The sensor, which is the most sensitive of its kind to date, relies on a completely new architecture and fabrication technique.

Mar 21st, 2011

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German research brings us one step closer to quantum computing

An EU-funded team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Germany have made important steps in the journey towards large-scale quantum computing and the simulation of condensed-matter systems, following new discoveries about the manipulation of atoms.

Mar 21st, 2011

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Light harvesting offers new vision

Bounce light around in a small enough space and you can magnify its intensity a thousand-fold, maybe more. The secret, says Professor Saulius Juodkazis, is having the right 'landscape' for the lightwaves to bounce around in. This is the principle behind Professor Juodkazis's research, which aims to develop the next generation of super sensors. It's something like catching dust motes in a beam of sunlight, shrunk down to nanoscale and magnified many times over.

Mar 21st, 2011

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Sound makes nanowires blink

When made from semiconductors these nanowires not only transport electric current along their axis but also can very efficiently emit light. Researchers have now combined these two fundamental properties.

Mar 21st, 2011

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Nanotechnology: Engines On

Controlling climate change, abandoning dependency on fossil fuels, and creating the conditions for sustainable development will require as great a transformation as our ancestors accomplished over tens of thousands of years in moving from agrarian to urban societies. "Nanotechnology: Engines On" is a new book about how Nanotechnology is contributing to solve this vital challenges.

Mar 18th, 2011

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New blood analysis chip could lead to disease diagnosis in minutes

A major milestone in microfluidics could soon lead to stand-alone, self-powered chips that can diagnose diseases within minutes. The device, developed by an international team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, Dublin City University in Ireland and Universidad de Valparaiso Chile, is able to process whole blood samples without the use of external tubing and extra components.

Mar 18th, 2011

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'Seeding' the next generation of smart materials

Scientists at CSIRO have developed a simple but effective technique for growing and adding value to an exciting new group of smart materials which could be used in areas such as optical sensing and drug storage and delivery.

Mar 18th, 2011

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Electrodeionization technology to reduce cost to process biomass-based chemicals, fuels and treat water

Argonne National Laboratory and Nalco Company, with headquarters in Naperville, Ill., have reached a licensing agreement for an electrodeionization technology that will help significantly reduce the cost of producing clean energy and of the chemicals and water used in industry. The separations technology can process biomass-based feedstocks into biofuels and chemicals.

Mar 18th, 2011

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