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Flexible plastic chips monitor body functions

A small blood lab that fits into the pocket of a jacket can quickly analyze the risk of blood clots in legs prior to a long distance flight; a sensor wristband for measuring electric smog can warn pacemaker patients of life-threatening exposure: 'Smart plastics' can turn such tools into reality.

Posted: Apr 19th, 2010

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New laboratory to help chemical revolution

A major new suite of laboratories, to be opened next week, will help scientists in the Green Chemistry group at the University of York to advance research into clean synthesis, catalysis, novel materials and the application of renewable resources.

Posted: Apr 19th, 2010

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Cardiff takes a step towards quantum computing

A new experiments shows that photon pairs increase the frequency of the oscillation between light and matter over individual photons. These findings agree with theoretical predictions first made in the 1960s.

Posted: Apr 19th, 2010

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Novel memristor chips for tomorrow's energy-efficient computers

A working group headed by Professor Rainer Waser from Forschungszentrum Juelich and RWTH Aachen University has developed a novel switching concept and the related technology for so-called memristor chips. With their research findings, the scientists are preparing for a paradigm shift in the architecture of computer chips.

Posted: Apr 19th, 2010

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Fast aluminium-gallium-nitride transistors could save energy

Transistors, the cornerstone of electronics, are lossy and therefore consume energy. Researchers from the ETH Zurich and EPF Lausanne have developed transistors targeting high switching speeds and higher output powers. The devices can be used more efficiently as conventional transistors, so as to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

Posted: Apr 19th, 2010

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Frontiers in neuroengineering - call for papers

We invite Authors to participate with contributions in all topics related to Neuroengineering, from novel (nano)materials interfacing the nervous system or as tools for basic research, to novel enabling technologies, and from basic neurobiology and electrophysiology to neuroprosthetics. We aim at covering topics across levels of investigations, from the single-neuron to the network- and the system levels.

Posted: Apr 18th, 2010

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How to split a water molecule

A research team at RIKEN has succeeded for the first time in selectively controlling for reaction products in the dissociation of a single water molecule on an ultrathin film.

Posted: Apr 18th, 2010

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A brain-recording device that melts into place

Scientists have developed a brain implant that essentially melts into place, snugly fitting to the brain's surface. The technology could pave the way for better devices to monitor and control seizures, and to transmit signals from the brain past damaged parts of the spinal cord.

Posted: Apr 18th, 2010

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Nanofibers carry toxic peptides into cancer cells

Researchers have long known that certain peptides are capable of killing cells by inserting themselves into the cell membranes and disrupting normal membrane structure and function. Now, researchers have learned how to deliver these cytotoxic peptides to tumor cells using self-assembling nanofibers that can slip into cancer cells and allow the toxic peptides to do their job from inside the cell.

Posted: Apr 17th, 2010

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