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Roberto Car, Michele Parrinello win Computer Society's Fernbach Award

The pair laid the foundation for a modern approach to the chemistry and physics of materials. Their methodology was revolutionary, increasing the speed of simulations and propelling a major force in science. Such simulations are now used in physics, materials science, chemistry, semiconductors, surface science, catalysis, biological processes, mineralogy, and the new field of nano-sized structures, including industrial applications.

Posted: Oct 23rd, 2009

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Scientists demonstrate wafer-scale graphene-on-silicon technology

HRL scientists announced today they have fabricated and demonstrated graphene-on-silicon field effect transistors (FETs) at full wafer scale - a revolutionary advancement in electronics that will enable unprecedented capabilities in high-bandwidth communications, imaging and radar systems.

Posted: Oct 22nd, 2009

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Biochemical 'on-switch' could solve protein purification challenge

Drugs based on engineered proteins represent a new frontier for pharmaceutical makers. Even after they discover a protein that may form the basis of the next wonder drug, however, they have to confront a long-standing problem: how to produce large quantities of the protein in a highly pure state. A research team may have found a new solution in an enzymatic 'food processor' they can activate at will.

Posted: Oct 22nd, 2009

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Synthetic cells act as battery

A new paper describes a highly simplified model cell that not only sheds light on the way certain real cells generate electric voltages, but also acts as a tiny battery that could offer a practical alternative to conventional solid-state energy-generating devices.

Posted: Oct 22nd, 2009

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Researchers find new route to nanotechnology self-assembly

If the promise of nanotechnology is to be fulfilled, nanoparticles will have to be able to make something of themselves. An important advance towards this goal has been achieved by researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who have found a simple and yet powerfully robust way to induce nanoparticles to assemble themselves into complex arrays.

Posted: Oct 22nd, 2009

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The lotus's clever way of staying dry

An ancient Confucian philosopher once said, 'I love the lotus because while growing from mud, it is unstained.' Now, almost one thousand years since Zhou Dunyi wrote these lines in China, scientists finally understand how the plant keeps itself clean and dry. It took an ultra high speed camera, a powerful microscope and an audio speaker to unlock a secret that has puzzled scientists for ages.

Posted: Oct 22nd, 2009

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Is your microrobot up for the (NIST) challenge?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in collaboration with IEEE, is inviting university and collegiate student teams currently engaged in microrobotic, microelectronic or MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) research to participate in the 2010 NIST Mobile Microrobotics Challenge.

Posted: Oct 22nd, 2009

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