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nanoLAMPS created for use as molecular probes

Rohit Bhargava of the University of Illinois has come up with an intriguing new class of molecular probes for biomedical research called nanoLAMPs. Unlike most probes used in biomedicine or other types of research they don't require dyes or fluorescence but, like an ordinary house lamp, they do need a light switch in order to illuminate the molecular world.

Posted: Sep 23rd, 2010

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Hydrogen-powered, solar-inspired nanotechnology battery

Eduard Karpov, University of Illinois at Chicago assistant professor of civil and materials engineering, just received a three-year, $217,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a new battery he is calling a catalothermionic generator.

Posted: Sep 23rd, 2010

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Nanotechnology for a just world peace

During the Week of Peace, six opinion leaders make statements on nanotechnology, peace and development cooperation in the framework of the Dutch public dialogue on nanotechnology. Their filmportraits of five minutes each have just been published in Dutch and English.

Posted: Sep 23rd, 2010

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Electricity collected from the air could become the newest alternative energy source

Imagine devices that capture electricity from the air - much like solar cells capture sunlight - and using them to light a house or recharge an electric car. Imagine using similar panels on the rooftops of buildings to prevent lightning before it forms. Strange as it may sound, scientists already are in the early stages of developing such devices.

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2010

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AFM studies reveal path to protein crystallization in cell-like environments

Scientists at the Molecular Foundry, a nanoscience user facility at Berkeley Lab, have used atomic force microscopy to image in real time how S-layer proteins form crystals in a cell-like environment. This direct observation of protein assembly could provide researchers with insight into how microorganisms stave off antibiotics or lock carbon dioxide into minerals.

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2010

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Research gives insight into using graphene in electronics

New findings from the laboratory of University of Illinois researcher Joe Lyding are providing valuable insight into graphene, a single two-dimensional layer of graphite with numerous electronic and mechanical properties that make it attractive for use in electronics.

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2010

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Fiber optic interface to link robotic limbs, human brain

Lightning-fast connections between robotic limbs and the human brain may be within reach for injured soldiers and other amputees with the establishment of a multimillion-dollar research center led by Southern Methodist University (SMU) engineers.

Posted: Sep 21st, 2010

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Research project launched on the digital printing of single biological cells

The central theme of the project is the printing of such cells confined in micro-droplets of only one tenth of a millimetre in diameter. The mid-term objective of the seven research institutions and companies working together is to establish a platform for the manipulation, culture, and analysis of individual living biological cells without loss of viability.

Posted: Sep 21st, 2010

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