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Scientists discover inexpensive metal catalyst for generating hydrogen from water

Hydrogen would command a key role in future renewable energy technologies, experts agree, if a relatively cheap, efficient and carbon-neutral means of producing it can be developed. An important step towards this elusive goal has been taken by a team of researchers with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California, Berkeley.

Apr 30th, 2010

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Nanopediatric research focuses on nanomedicine for children

'Children are not small adults' - pediatricians say that's what makes their specialty different from the practice of medicine in adults. For similar reasons, researchers exploring the medical uses of nanotechnology believe that the use of molecular-level nanomedicine techniques in children will also require its own specialty.

Apr 30th, 2010

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DNA construction kit for nanoengines

Scientists have succeeded for the first time in making, out of DNA double stands, an interlocked molecule (rotaxane) with freely moveable components. This opens up exciting possibilities for nanorobotics and synthetic biology.

Apr 30th, 2010

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Ein Protein bei der Arbeit

Forschern ist es gelungen, eine molekulare Sonde in ein Protein einzubauen und deren Veraenderungen waehrend der Arbeit des Proteins im Detail spektroskopisch zu verfolgen.

Apr 29th, 2010

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Report urges participatory technical assessment

As the pace of changing technology quickens, a robust and open national capability for technology assessment - the process of estimating the broad social, ethical, legal and economic impacts of emerging science and technology - is critical and must include public participation to complement expert analysis, says a new report, 'Reinventing Technology Assessment: A 21st Century Model'.

Apr 29th, 2010

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