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Minor faults in catalyst impose an obstacle to the chemical industry

One of the most important catalysts in the modern chemical industry is a troublemaker. The building blocks of zeolite ZSM-5 crystals, which are a sort of Swiss cheese with molecular size holes, are not joined together perfectly. The materials that have to pass through the crystals therefore often get stuck and don't react well. A researcher has discovered the deviations in the miniscule but indispensable particles.

Jan 4th, 2010

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Carbon nanotubes show promise for high-speed genetic sequencing

n the current issue of Science, Stuart Lindsay, director of Arizona State University's Center for Single Molecule Biophysics at the Biodesign Institute, along with his colleagues, demonstrates the potential of a method in which a single-stranded ribbon of DNA is threaded through a carbon nanotube, producing voltage spikes that provide information about the passage of DNA bases as they pass through the tube - a process known as translocation.

Dec 31st, 2009

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Neue Nachwuchsgruppe am IFW Dresden

Am Leibniz-Institut fuer Festkoerper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden (IFW) wird ab 1.1.2010 eine von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) gefoerderte Emmy Noether-Nachwuchsgruppe eingerichtet. Mit dem auf 5 Jahre angelegten Projekt sollen die Wechselwirkungen der Elektronen erforscht und simuliert werden, die bei physikalischen Phaenomenen wie Supraleitung oder Magnetismus eine wichtige Rolle spielen.

Dec 29th, 2009

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New research could advance research field critical to personalized medicine

It's the ultimate goal in the treatment of cancer: tailoring a person's therapy based on his or her genetic makeup. While a lofty goal, scientists are steadily moving forward, rapidly exploiting new technologies. Researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center report a significant advance in this field of research using a new chip that looks for hundreds of mutations in dozen of genes.

Dec 29th, 2009

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A 'fountain of youth' for stem cells?

Researchers from the University of Hong Kong and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have published a study in the current issue of Cell Transplantation that explores ways to successfully keep stem cells 'forever young' during implantation by slowing their growth, differentiation and proliferation.

Dec 28th, 2009

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Microcapsules to combat climate change

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE teamed up with BASF to develop an environmentally-friendly alternative to air-conditioning systems. The team of researchers was nominated for the German Future Prize for their innovation comprising a microencapsulated latent heat storage material for construction materials.

Dec 26th, 2009

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Splitting fluorescent protein helps image clusters in live cells

Half a protein is better than none, and in this case, it's way better than a whole one. A Rice University lab has discovered that dividing a particular fluorescent protein and using it as a tag is handy for analyzing the workings of live cells, particularly in the way they employ iron-sulfur clusters.

Dec 25th, 2009

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