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Using light to inscribe nanoscale plastic parts

One of the biggest obstacles in microscopy and in micro-fabrication is the so-called diffraction limit. Now scientists at the University of Maryland have pushed this limit, achieving pattern features with a size as small as one-twentieth of the wavelength.

Posted: May 17th, 2010

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New water-splitting catalyst found

Expanding on work published two years ago, MIT's Daniel Nocera and his associates have found yet another formulation, based on inexpensive and widely available materials, that can efficiently catalyze the splitting of water molecules using electricity.

Posted: May 14th, 2010

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How do spiders spin?

How do spiders form long, highly stable and elastic fibers from the spider silk proteins stored in the silk gland within split seconds? Scientists from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) and the University of Bayreuth have now succeeded in unraveling the secret.

Posted: May 14th, 2010

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